The awesome co-hosts for the January 4 posting of the IWSG are Jemima Pett, Debs Carey, Kim Lajevardi, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, and T. Powell Coltrin!Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional!January 4 question - Do you have a word of the year? Is there one word that sums up what you need to work on or change in the coming year? For instance, in 2021 my word of the year was Finish. I was determined to finish my first draft by the end of the year. In 2022, my word of the year was Ease. I want to get my process, systems, finances, and routines where life flows with ease and less chaos. What is your word for 2023? You ready?
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!
I love one-word titles in books. Being a librarian for many years, my eye was always drawn to novels with a single word on the cover. However, having a one-word motivational phrase for an entire year never crossed my mind.
For a few years, I think the word rookie would've covered my life as a writer. Then hopeful. Then determined. Then Nailed...it (two-words:). Then rewind (or back to square one). I think the word survivalist covered my time as a full-time librarian.
This past year as I worked from home, I will claim the word renewal, which according to the Oxford Dictionary means, an instance of resuming an activity or state after an interruption.
My editor in London is taking my middle-grade mystery under her wing in March, and I couldn't be more excited. Only three days into this year, and it already feels different--in a good way!
How is everyone feeling about this year as a writer? I'm pumped, which according to the Collins English Dictionary means, full of confidence, enthusiasm.
Happy New Year!