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?