Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Hello 2019!

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This is my monthly post as part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a great group of supportive writers, helping one another through our writing ups-and-downs.

There is also a great Facebook Community for more daily connection!  More posts from the group are tagged on Twitter at #IWSG, and be sure to check out the Twitter account and the new Instagram as well!

Welcome to the new year. 2019… and once again it’s time for me to create some writing goals.

This year I really, REALLY, want to get back to my writing. If I were to look back at my 2018 IWSG posts I’m sure most of them would be along the lines of “I’m not writing… why am I not writing?” I don’t want to repeat that theme in 2019.

So I’m doing some intentional work through the first week of this month, setting aside time to sit down and make note of what kinds of things I want to write. What do I hope to accomplish with my writing? What can I do to make that happen? What is getting in my way?

I figure by doing some real brainstorming and reflection I can get myself to a place where I can find a direction to start moving. I’m hopeful that it will work, and that by next month’s check-in I’ll be able to report that I have been, actually, writing.

As for the IWSG Day Question… I actually really hate it when people ask me to tell them about what I’m writing. I am not very good at summarizing my stories and when they’re in progress I don’t always know what’s coming next. So when someone asks me to tell them about what I’m writing I end up stuttering about a lot, and what I tell them usually sounds pretty unoriginal and blah. Which then makes me start to question what I’m writing, being over-critical and generally entering a downward spiral of anxiety and doubt.

My favorite question… I’m not really sure. Maybe when they ask me what I like best about writing, or an open ended question that lets me start to delve into some about my process (or processes).

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