IWSG – January 2019

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Happy New Year!

I hope your holiday season was as filled with love and happiness as mine. I was fortunate to spend a great deal of time with my family, and I have to admit, I feel a bit spoiled. Today is the first day since before Christmas where I am pretty much alone in the house and I am feeling the heaviness. It was difficult watching Sheryl head back to work, and seeing my son heading back for college. The other son is working today, then will spend the rest of his time hanging with friends. This leaves me and the dog. I love the dog. The dog is excellent company, but I had become accustomed to the noise of a full house. I’m sure soon enough the routine will feel normal again and I’ll settle right in to things.

I’ve been pondering my writing goals for 2019, and while I refuse to set numbers as far as stories or works completed, contests entered, items submitted, I do want to spend more time creating new things, taking more risks, finding some much needed confidence in what I write. I’d really like to see something published this year, maybe several things. Funny enough (and maybe I say this every January), I feel ready to work hard and make that happen. I’m sure the usual insecurities will rear up, making me question every decision, but with the support of family, friends, and my IWSG blogging buddies, I will persevere.

One specific goal I’ve set, and I think it is an important one, is to compose more things by hand this year. I’ve a journal of sorts, something I’ve worked on since 1997 (I’ve three volumes completed so far) but the more I use digital software, the less I’ve used paper. I’m committed to 2 entries each week, and man, I hope writing this here helps me keep that commitment. I enjoy each revisit to those journals and every time I wish there were more to read. It’s time to make more a reality.

So tell me about your plans, goals, writing stuff for 2019. Let’s pretend this whole new year thing isn’t just an arbitrary time to make empty promises and really try to improve.

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About Ryan Carty

There are some who call me, Tim?

8 responses to “IWSG – January 2019”

  1. charitybradford says :

    Hmm, there might be something to not putting specific numbers on your goals. However, I know I put out a second story last year out of sheer stubbornness because my goal was three published and I’d only put out one. Maybe it’s because I work best on deadlines, even self-imposed ones? Anyway, good luck with all your goals this year!

    • Ryan Carty says :

      I also adore deadlines. I do find that if I leave things less specific as far as new year goals, I actually work harder. I don’t do that with other things, so it makes little sense why it works in this one instance.

  2. Liesbet @ Roaming About says :

    It’s funny how my husband sees January 1st as just that, a new day in a new month, and – sure – a new year, while I feel revived, rejuvenated, and determined to work hard as this new year begins. I’m glad you feel the same, Ryan. Must be a writer-thing. Or, the fact that new beginnings hold promise. I’m confident you will get something published this year. Your dog is my witness. 🙂

    My best friend encouraged me to start a bullet journal, by sending me one. So, after journaling on my iPad for three years, I will add some handwriting to the mix. Of course, I’ll still write my normal diary as well. Can’t let that slip after almost 30 years of daily endeavors.

    Other than that, I hope to publish a few articles, many blogs and that sailing memoir. Remember that one?

    • Ryan Carty says :

      I find when I take the time to write something by hand, I focus more. Not on spelling or crap like that, but on what is being composed. It’s an amazing feeling and I find it liberating. Even if I’m the only one who can actually read it.

  3. Alex J. Cavanaugh (@AlexJCavanaugh) says :

    You’ll get used to the peace and quiet.
    Ever since NaNo 2010, I’ve written everything on the computer.

  4. Ellen Jacobson says :

    I’ve become so accustomed to writing using a keyboard that my hand cramps up if I write with it for an extended period of time. I always hear about the benefits of writing by hand and journaling and the magic it works in your brain, so in some ways I wish I was more comfortable doing my writing the old-fashioned way with paper and pen.

    Wishing you all the best for the new year!

  5. jmh says :

    I like the way you think, my friend!

    My goals are a bit daunting. I want to write (and pub) eight books this year. Six at the very least. I definitely have it in me, but it will require me to greatly up my game and not take as many unwarranted breaks. I also want to finally learn how to properly market my novels.

    I’ll be teaching more regularly than before, so writing and publishing more than usual will be a challenge. That said, if my agent lands me a big contract, my focus will shift, but being adaptable is important in this industry, so I’m prepared for the unexpected, as much as one can be.

    I’m glad you had a nice holiday. It’s well deserved.

  6. Michelle Wallace (@mishy1727) says :

    Long hand has always been my favorite. But as of late, I’ve gravitated more towards typing.
    I don’t really put out specific goals. The reason is – I know that short bursts of prompt-based writing sessions work wonders for me in terms of getting words down on paper… so I feel I must run with it. First things first.
    In this way, I can build a collection of short stories and then take it from there.
    I haven’t decided on a publishing route yet… but do want to learn how to self-publish, so when I have the stories ready, perhaps I’ll go the self-pub route.

    Thank you for the kind comment on my blog, Ryan. I don’t have any intention of disappearing from the interwebs… 😎
    Happy New Year!

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