It’s (somehow) the first Wednesday of the month which caught me off guard because I was all “it’s still mostly December” and then someone shoved a calendar in my face and all of a sudden it’s January of 2016. Whoa. Just whoa.
This is my first (albeit short) post for IWSG this year and I use it to welcome, encourage, persuade, invite and insist that all of you closeted writers who have not yet joined this amazing blog hop to go ahead and jump on board the train. You may have been wondering if you should do it, if your writing is up to par or if you think you’ll be chased away with pitchforks by grammar Nazis and bastardy beta-readers. You won’t. We encourage here. We support. We help keep you on the path to that goal you really, really want to achieve. So stop hiding behind your keyboard and come out and join the party. This is totally your year. Start it right.
Am I insecure? Always. It’s part of the deal of being human, unfortunately. But at the current moment I am (surprisingly) relaxed and not having a total panic attack over what I want to do with my life and knowing there’s no real blue print of how to get there. Give me a few hours and I might be singing a different tune. Probably a dirge.
But it’s okay, because I’m not alone. You’re here. And so are you. And you. And all of you non-writers taking the time to read this post about crazy people who are obsessed with putting words in the right order. Your support means the world to me–seriously, more than you’ll know.
This is going to be a good year. I know it. 2015 kicked major ass and that was only the pre-season. Some come on, 2016. Bring it. I’m ready to kick it up a notch.
44 thoughts on “This is Our Year IWSG”
Oh, I had to come back to work Monday after two weeks off… I’m VERY clear is is January *reaches for coffee* Love your encouragement for joining IWSG. It is where I frequently tell early writers to begin engaging the writing community, too.
It really does keep me connected when I’m too afraid/uncomfortable to be. I love all the encouragement I receive so I try to give it back as well. 🙂
I don’t know if I’m kicking it up a notch but I am very open to more of the path I began a few months ago – a deeper spiritual journey. Who knows where that will lead me.
If it’s spiritual, I can only mean good things.
This is going to be a great year!!
I am playing catch-up a bit today. I saw your Instagram post and stalked you, as you already know since I saw you followed back. 🙂 Your pups is adorable.
Thanks! He is a cutie 🙂
For realz, though. Your hubby is designing my office next. K? K.
That’s the ticket! Be positive and optimistic in January. You can be depressed and insecure later in the year. Now is the time for positive thoughts!
It’s the only thing that will get us through the winter. 😐
I’m in FL so I don’t expect a winter (besides that bitter rain we just had…)
But yes! Positiviity. It’s the only way to go.
Well said! Our emotions can turn on a dime.
Thanks for stopping by with well wishes. Much appreciated.
Well said. Our emotions can turn on a dime:)
Thanks for stopping by with the well wishes. Much appreciated.
A bit of positive thinking is just what the doctor ordered. Thank you for posting, and now let´s hope it is contagious! 😉
I’m keeping my fingers crossed 🙂
It helps to know we are not alone in this.
It really does. Knowing others are going through the same struggles can really make a difference.
It is a very encouraging place. I’m kind of relaxed going into this year too. Watch out, 2016!
EXACTLY. Seven days in and good vibes all around!
I have high hopes for 2016. I just hope they’re not TOO high so I’m not disappointed in the end. As someone who makes stuff up for a living, I sometimes find it difficult to be realistic! 🙂
Realism is for the normies. And we’re not normies.
Yep, it’s January. I didn’t get too blindsided by it. Then, I have a big round birthday coming up later in the week. 😉
Happy Insecure New Year to you, C.G.
Happy big round birthday! You better celebrate in style 🙂
2016 rules! But yeah – how is January already?
I ditto your excellent encouragement for writers to join. IWSG is my favorite online thing for writers.
I really look forward to the first Wednesday because it reminds me I’m not alone.
Great positive start to the new year! Love feeling all the encouragement for new writers. IWSG is a GREAT place for writers in all stages of their career to both share & support others. One of the best things I did was joining this group!
Me too! Love it!
Yeh for 2016!
I laughed at the idea of all of us wielding pitchforks. 🙂
Sometimes I have this image of people reading my work and poking and prodding at it with red pens that remind of me of pitchforks!
Yeah, I’m ready for 2016. I’m tired feeling ucky, and loving this clean slate new year 🙂 Thanks for the pep talk.
Januarys are always such a refresher. Love them.
Loving your optimism. January is a great time to look forward and hope! Wishing you a prosperous and happy year with lots of great stories flowing from your fingertips.
Thanks! And same to you 🙂
You know what? I’m with you. Bring it on! Thank you for sharing your positive attitude and encouragement. Back at you!
I’m starting the year with revisions–I hope that’s not a sign of things to come because revisions aren’t my favorite things!!! 2016 is going to rock. We have to believe it.
Revisions just mean you’re that much closer to it being its best.
2016 IS going to rock 🙂
or if you think you’ll be chased away with pitchforks by grammar Nazis and bastardy beta-readers — that’s pretty much what I was worried about on my first post here – but everyone’s been awesome 🙂
Isn’t it a bit of a surprise when somehow Dec turns into January? Any other month of the year seems ok – but January just sneaks up on you.
Have a great month.
Oh now I see it’s in moderation – so y ou can delete these tow – my bad.
Here’s to kicking ass in 2016!
We can do this! 2016 is the year of the writer (if we make it so).
I had the same problem. “January? Are you sure?” Where did December go?
Yeah, I’m still in shock that Christmas is over and my kids are back in school! What?! And you’re right, 2016 is gonna ROCK! So great to “meet” you, Caitlin. 🙂
God, I know. And next week we’ll be like Halloween? For realz? I thought it was just January?
Look at you sharing your contagious optimism! I always read your posts, but rarely check the comments page! So proud of everything you are and everything you are becoming!
I’m wishing every writer in the blogging community a wonderful 2016.