Happy New Year! – an IWSG post #IWSG

Not only is it the first Wednesday of the month, but it’s the first Wednesday of the year! Happy new year to you all and I hope you enjoyed your holiday break, whatever you were able to get up to.

If you’re not familiar with the significance of the first Wednesday of the month, then let me fill you in. On this day, lots of writerly folk like to get together over at the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (or IWSG for short) and share tips and tricks and highs and lows from their writing life and experiences. It’s a wonderful place to meet new people and realise that we’re not alone on this writing journey; there are plenty of others going through the same things at different stages. The main sign-up page has all the details you need to join in, so let’s get to it!

This month the co-hosts are Erika Beebe, Olga Godim, Sandra Cox, Sarah Foster and Chemist Ken. Thank you lovelies for hosting! Make sure you head over and say hello to them before checking out some of the other contributors in the IWSG.

The topic of conversation on this fine January day is:

What’s the one thing about your writing career you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it?

My main, and probably only, regret so far in my writing career is leaving it so late to get going with it properly.

Over the past 13 years I’ve dipped in and out of writing, spending most of that time ‘out’ of the practice of doing it regularly. When my eldest was very much younger I got myself into a good rhythm with my writing, blogging more regularly and contributing to a few different writing blog hops on a weekly basis. Then my youngest came along and I was no longer able to keep the momentum going; work and home and family took over, and it was my writing that had to be sacrificed.

I’ve collected so many ideas over this time, for both short stories and longer works-in-progress, but I got out of the habit of finishing anything. Now that my children are so much older (13 and 7, eek!), I find myself becoming more able to make the time for writing again, and I’m in the process of re-establishing some kind of routine for regular time at the computer or with my notebook.

So, to answer the second part of the discussion, I’m making efforts now to overcome my regret. I’m reluctant to say it’s a New Year’s resolution, but with the start of the new year I am feeling more positive and upbeat about it. I’m looking forward to seeing how far I can go in 2022!

How about you? Do you have any regrets about your writing career?

18 thoughts on “Happy New Year! – an IWSG post #IWSG

  1. Hi! Thanks for sharing. I gotta say, I’m in the same boat with you. I always believed you either had talent or you didn’t. I never thought writing could actually be learned. Yeah, kill me now. But I’m glad I started when I did because I gathered so many story ideas in my old age. lol I’m glad you found your path!

  2. My regret is similar – not starting sooner, but all the experience beforehand is so valuable. I know it’s cliche to say, but you can never regret the time spent with your kids because you never get it back. Glad you’re looking ahead for the new year. With so much still out of our control it’s a good idea to take the reins with what we can.

    1. You are so right Nick, and I’m still making the most of the time with the children as much as I can. Hopefully I can get a nice balance between them and the writing.

  3. Those pesky kids! (lol) But you’ve hung on to your ‘overarching goals’ through their early years and it looks/sounds like now you are ready to dive back into writing more. This looks like the year!

  4. The best repair for regret is always to start now to do the thing you wish you’d done sooner. Cheers on getting back into a routine. I keep trying to set one and then fall off. Eventually, I will figure out the perfect combination and get back to a solid routine!

  5. Not using the R(esolution) word, I think you’ve a great goal there, especially as it’s making you feel more positive and upbeat. Good luck with achieving that goal. I’m always after that elusive writing routine too.

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  6. Thank you for dropping by my blog, Happy New Year to you too. May it be a good one for writing. Life can indeed get in the way of our writing, but I am so happy to see that you will have time again for it.

  7. Gosh, this reminds me so much of me! So many things in my life (some good, some bad) have pulled me away from writing, and yet I always come back. The fact that you keep coming back… that’s what makes you a real writer!

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