Wednesday 6 December 2017

IWSG December 2017

It's the final installment of IWSG for 2017, and I just can't understand where the year's gone! It's been a good one, though, and I'll talk more about that when answering this month's question. Hosted as ever by Ninja Cap'n Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe haven where writers of all kinds can share their doubts and insecurities with their fellow scribes. If you haven't already joined, doing so would be a great new year's resolution! This month's co-hosts are Julie FlandersShannon LawrenceFundy Blue and Heather Gardner.

So this month's optional question is "As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?"

Hmm. Well, this question kind of has a philosophical bent for me. I'm a believer that everything basically happens the way it's supposed to, whether that's for good or ill. We could get into all sorts of time travel, alternate universe scenarios by going back. All that said, I'm pretty happy with how 2017 went. I became an admin of a certain amazing group (clue - it's in the title of this post!), got the first part of my trilogy out (a big thing for me, as this had been a long time coming), and also got asked to be part of an anthology that's raising funds for military veterans. All great stuff. Yeah of course, I could have done some things differently. I haven't actually got a final ending for my trilogy yet - it would be good if I had that down - but I'm ploughing through edits and polishes for book 2 and hoping that'll help strike some synapses together to trigger it. I guess I'm pantsing this series the same as I do any other story! I could always wish I'd done more marketing, but that's an ongoing process and I am doing things I haven't done before - excerpt tweets, a Facebook author page and a newsletter being three big ones.

So yes, I would have to say I'm pleased with 2017 overall, and I'm already looking forward to 2018 being even better. How about you?

Check out the other great IWSG posts here.