I consider 2012 my year of two steps forward and one-and-a-half steps back. And just when I needed it most, it’s time for the Insecure Writers’ Support Group. IWSG is a blog hop I recently joined where writers pull together to help one another.
First up, I had four goals I hoped to accomplish in 2012. Here’s the way it went:
- Finish my first draft and revise. Woo-hoo! I accomplished the first part of this. Revisions are nearly at the half-way mark, but currently stalled.
- Read more books. In 2011, I read nineteen books. In 2012, I read twenty-two. I was hoping for more.
- Watch less TV. Yeah. I started out with good intentions, but there’s a definite corrolation between books not read and TV watched instead. Gotta work on that.
- Survive the “end of the world” and party until 2013. Well, folks, we survived not only the Mayan Apocalypse, but the Zombie Apocalypse as well! We are a weird species. As for partying, well, let’s just say Christmas wiped me out this year.
For the first half of the year, I felt like a writer and had concrete evidence to support it. I even attended my first convention – ConCarolinas – in June.
But the second half of the year, quite frankly, sucked. A series of setbacks put me under enough stress that my ability to think creatively and write took a nose dive. I slogged my way, inch by mucky inch, but without getting anywhere or taking the wrong direction.
2013 will be the year I learn to write and create even when all hell breaks loose around me. I’m sure there are strategies out there. I just need to find them and figure out what works for me.
Does anyone have any suggestions of where to start?