Well, my friends, we made it. We’re through with 2018. 2019 is here. And already, we’ve reached the first Wednesday of the month. Time for the first Insecure Writer’s Support Group entry of the new year.
For those who are new to my blog, The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, or IWSG, is a group of writers and bloggers who mission is to offer support and encouragement to others who might be struggling with the many aspects of the writing process. We share our stories of successes and failures, as well as lessons we’ve learned along the way. The group’s administrators also provide an optional question to answer, but we can share something about our writing journey that can be of help to someone else.
As always, thanks to the founder, Alex J. Cavanaugh, for creating this group. And thanks to this month’s co-hosts: Patricia Lynne, Lisa-Buie-Collard Collard, Kim Larjevadi, and Fundy Blue. If you want to learn more about this fine group, click here. You can also sign up to be an IWSG member. If you do, let me know in the comments.
So it’s 2019. A new year brings a fresh start. And new resolutions. Most probably won’t be kept throughout the year. I have some resolutions of my own as it relates to my writing, but I’m not going to talk about them. Instead, I’m going to talk about something broader. Having a new attitude.
The last few posts of the year, I touched on this subject in varying degrees. It came about because I felt I was in a bad place with my writing. I wasn’t writing much. I was jealous of other writers for various reasons. Bottom line: I was having a pity party. And it wasn’t until I brought this to the social media masses that I came to a revelation. I was focused on the wrong things. I was so hung up on getting results that I didn’t see the big picture. I wasn’t investing myself in the process. I was writing just to say that I wrote. While that might not be a completely bad thing, I wasn’t writing to the best of my ability. I forgot that writing, for whatever reason, should be savored and that it takes patience and persistence to get to where you want to be.
Fast forward to a couple of days ago, as many of my writing friends were posting their resolutions on Twitter. I have my two cents on what I wanted to happen this year. Publish more stories on Wattpad and my blog. Enter some writing contests. Be consistent with my writing routine. All those resolutions are good and doable. But it means nothing if I don’t have the right attitude. Without the right mindset, I’ll do a tailspin back to where I was two months ago.
So as I thought and shared my resolutions, I thought about taking on a new attitude. A more positive attitude. One that is focused less about myself and my results and more about learning more about my process. One that is about envying others less and supporting them more. An attitude and persona that is more outgoing and less withdrawn. (That last statement is also applicable to my overall well-being.)
In short, I’m embracing a new me. Will it be easy? Not by any means. But nothing worthwhile ever is. Will there be hiccups? Sure. I’m human. I’m a creature of habit like everyone else. And there are certain habits that have stayed with me for years and it will take time to break those habits. I feel I made a breakthrough as 2018 came to a close. In 2019, I want to expand and nurture this new attitude.
I read a lot of posts and tweets about what words writers want to define themselves for 2019. Mine is attitude, as in changing it to be not only a better person, but a better writer. And not just for results, but for my writing journey. To get the results you want, you need a lot of things. One of the most important is having the right attitude. I think the right attitude will get you far in life. That is what I’ve discovered in the last couple of months and that is what I’m embracing as 2019 starts.
What about you? What is your attitude as we start 2019? Does it need to change? Let me know in the comments so that I can help out as best I can.
Let’s make 2019 better than 2018!