IWSG January 2023

Today’s post is a bit of a reflection on the past and looking forward. What did I accomplish in 2022 and what are my goals for 2023? It’s also another IWSG Wednesday (what’s that? read on!).

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group post on the first Wednesday of the month. “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.” You can find my previous post here. The group poses a monthly question to answer as well.


IWSG Question of the Month

Do you have a word of the year? Is there one word that sums up what you need to work on or change in the coming year?


Persist.

verb

  1. to continue steadfastly or firmly in some state, purpose, course of action, or the like, especially in spite of opposition, remonstrance, etc.

Too often I let myself become derailed from my goals because of negative feedback, lack of feedback, or just me being my own worst critic. I cannot produce stories if I don’t actually write. I can’t make good stories be great if I haven’t written a rough draft at least. I need to write and keep writing. Keep creating, keep improving.

2022 Highlights of Goals and Accomplishments

In 2022 I finished writing a novella and wrote several short stories. I was able to complete more projects than several years combined. I think part of my success was setting end dates (with flexibility) and staying true to writing at least fifteen minutes a day. I persisted. There’s that word again. I hope to carry this momentum into 2023. (More on what I accomplished last year in my next post.)

For 2023 I have several goals. Finishing writing book two of the Etherea Cycle with my coauthor (we’re about halfway done already), writing more poetry, and writing four short stories. Speaking of that, I’ve completed my short story gift for my friend I talked about in my last post, so there’s story #1 for the year!

2023 writing goals

What are your goals for writing or reading in 2023?

2 thoughts on “IWSG January 2023”

  1. That is a really great word! I love it.
    “Without having a goal, it’s difficult to score.” Paul Arden
    I hope 2023 will become everything you need it to be.

    J Lenni Dorner (he/him or they/them) ~ Reference& Speculative Fiction Author, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, and Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge

  2. Kristina! I love persistence and setting daily goals with flexible end dates is absolutely a solid tool to achieving your dreams! Congrats on finishing a book already for 2023!

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