This is Our Year IWSG

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.

Aren’t you?


44 thoughts on “This is Our Year IWSG

  1. Hart Johnson says:

    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.

    • cgcoppola says:

      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. 🙂

  2. karen walker says:

    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.

  3. Loni Townsend says:

    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.

  4. Chris Chelser says:

    A bit of positive thinking is just what the doctor ordered. Thank you for posting, and now let´s hope it is contagious! 😉

  5. mplanglinais says:

    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! 🙂

  6. Zan Marie says:

    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.

  7. Sandra Hoover says:

    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!

  8. Shell Flower says:

    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.

  9. Victoria Adams says:

    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.

  10. Kristin Smith says:

    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. 🙂

  11. Mel says:

    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!

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