Wednesday, December 6, 2017

#IWSG Looking Back on 2017

It's Insecure Writer's Support Group time again! You can sign up for the group here.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

This month's question is... As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

One New Year’s Eve about seven years ago, I started a new family tradition. On a few sheets of plain copy paper, I gathered the family and went through the past year. We used our photo albums as our guide and wrote down the highlights. Not everything is captured visually, but the exercise reminded us of other things: stitches and illnesses and odd triumphs. All of it went into a sort of chronological account. Each person made a list of favorite happenings. We made predictions for the coming year and sealed away our work in an envelope.

That was our first time capsule and we’ve kept it up every year since.

If I was to make a professional time capsule for 2017, there would be just a few things to include. My novel was well received (by a handful of people). In a few days, I will release a second book. I’ve posted new blog content twice weekly for more than half of the year. I’ve sent some queries and slowly chipped away at a foothold in the sort of obscure, unknown author life I’m after.

It was a good year.

There were things that could have been done better. I could have worked harder. I should have identified some sort of niche for the blog. I should still do that. Even the littlest decisions might have changed the trajectory of my writing life, but I’m not much of a backtracker. My way is more to forge ever ahead, hopefully having learned from past mistakes. If there was an option for a do-over, I wouldn’t take it. This is right where I’m supposed to be.