Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Last IWSG of 2014

And this Wednesday it’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

The awesome co-hosts for the December 3 posting of the IWSG are Heather Gardner, T. Drecker from Kidbits, Eva E. Solar at Lilicasplace, and Patsy Collins!

Don’t forget to check out the IWSG Facebook group and the IWSG Critique Circle.

Don't you wish you could say goodbye to your insecurities the same way we say goodbye to the old year? If we're lucky we can look back over this year and learn from the insecurities that we've survived.

Some of our insecurities will never really go away, but hopefully we've grown stronger and know better how to cope with them. And you know what? Each month when I think about what makes me the most insecure, I take hope in the fact that some of them are new. Sound weird?

Think of it this way. New insecurities means we're still stretching ourselves to new goals and achievements. The only way to get rid of all insecurity is to hide in your house and never come out.

But we are insecure!

We get up each day and do the best we can with what life has dealt us.

We learn, we improve, we continue to dream of a brighter and better future.

And when we get impatient for that future we can write about it.

2014 was a roller coaster of emotions for me. I allowed insecurities to cripple me at times, but I held on. December is here and it already looks so much better than November did.

In November I didn't think I would have any entries to my Bold New Worlds contest. I ended up with 58. It may not seem like much, but that's 58 young writers who took a chance and braved their insecurities by submitting a short story.

I think that's wonderful!

In November I was terrified to ask family, friends, strangers, anyone I could reach to support me by pledging to my kickstarter. I did it anyway. My kickstarter reached goal and I'm now actively working to get FADE INTO ME published by January or February of 2015.

Yep. It's been quite the year!

Did your year turn out better than you thought it would? What are you hoping for the new year?


Look what my hubby bought for me and the kids this year!

17 comments:

  1. You have your own Tardis!
    You stepped out on faith and it those projects all came together. Now you know you are capable of even more.

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    1. I wish that Tardis worked. :) Thank you for your help with the short story contest!

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  2. Sounds like you've had a great year, with a great finish. Good luck with your book in January.

    2014 has been a bit meh for me. I had high hopes, but they dissipated. I've got high hopes for next year now :-)

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    1. I'm sorry 2014 was meh. My year started great and looks to be ending great. The middle, not so much, but that's life. Good luck and I hope next year brings you good things.

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  3. Congrats on getting so many entries for your contest! I sure hope my 2015 is better than this year was. It couldn't get much worse. (Though it could, but let's not go there...) Good luck with Fade Into Me, and have a great week! :)

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    1. Thanks Lexa! Here's hoping next year is better for you too.

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  4. I love the Christmas tree photo! I'm not sure if I have room for one this year after some recent remodeling.I have a very small space for a tree, now less. Still going to put up decorations!

    I've been very up and down with staying encouraged with writing. Tough when you are trying to sell (key word trying). I'm glad your kickstarter was successful :)

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    1. Even a little tree will be festive. Good luck!

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  5. Thanks for the encouraging thoughts (and that's a cool decoration).

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  6. Man, if my insecurities would leave on New Year's Eve, I'd throw them a party and say good riddance!

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    1. Let's try throwing a party just in case that'a all they're waiting for!

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  7. I sent the blurb and 1st two chapters of Fade Into Me to my 13-year-old niece. She sent back a smiley face with hearts for eyes. She can't wait to read it!

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    1. Wow! That's awesome! Thanks Liz. My fingers are crossed for late January. Amie has the manuscript now and I'm working on all the other things so it should move quickly. I'm so excited!

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  8. Love your tree! I don't think the year turned out at all how I thought it would, but that's because of my own lack of productivity. Hopefully next year goes better.

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  9. Isn't it nice to have surprises like those beat your insecurities back?
    I so need a Tardis ornament. *Looks at hubby*

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  10. 2014 was a great year in terms of learning new things about my 'writerly self' and I also got back into the reading groove...
    Love your contemplative post.

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