Purpose: To share and encourage. 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. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!
The awesome co-hosts for the January 4 posting of the IWSG are Jemima Pett,Debs Carey,Kim Lajevardi,Sarah Foster,Natalie Aguirre, and T. Powell Coltrin!
Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.
Remember, the question is optional!
January 4 question – 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? What is your word for 2023?
In 2022 my word was MAGIC. You can read my post about it here.
In 2020 my word was MORE. I wanted more of the essential things in my life and not what other people thought I should have. I wanted more and was tired of apologizing for wanting it. As a teacher, the idea has been cultivated that I am not supposed to want to be paid what I am worth. I was supposed to take the ideals of the mission and just take what I can get. I was done with this thinking. I adopted an abundance mentality, not scarcity.
2019 was CONNECT and I grew my audiences and relationships with other writers.
2023 is the year of depth for me.
For 2023 my word came easily: DEEPEN
My plan is to deepen the experiences and learning I engage in during 2023.
I love to be the resource person and to take a large amount of content and curate it for other people. It is part of why I love to teach. But last year, I found myself feeling like I was just checking off too many things on a list. I wasn’t savoring or learning, just racking up numbers. Part of that was stress and things that only I could do. 2022 was a year of extremes: bliss and trauma.
I do not want to feel that way anymore. I want to savor my life, not just check off days. I want the reading and writing I am doing to be wild and deep. I want to delve into a topic for days and not go wide. I want to push past what I think I want to say until I think I have nothing else to say and see what lies beyond that.
I plan to reread books that I have loved in the past and learn something new from them. The first for January is The Alchemist. This book came to me when I needed it the first time and I read it quickly. I plan to examine it more closely this read and write in response to passages and ideas.
There are other ideas I am exploring around this concept and what it means for me. I am not sure how it fits yet but there is a sharing vs not concept that keeps circling in my head. It is like a crow that won’t land so I am trying to be patient.
What small change will you make today to get yourself closer to the life you want?
Do you already have a word chosen for 2023?
I would love to see it in the comments!
Thank you for joining me on this creative journey. I am excited to see where it leads!