Wednesday, January 4, 2023

January #IWSG: You've Got This!

                                               First Wed of Every Month

 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 (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!


  1. Congrats on having your editor take on your middle grade novel. I'm glad you're pumped for 2023. It sounds like it's going to be a great year for you.

  2. Congratulations Jennifer on your middle novel. Happy New Year to you. I like the words hopeful and determined.

  3. You should be pumped - that's a great way to start the year.
    Most of my books are single word titles, so that's good to know it works well.

  4. Oh, renewal. That's powerful. I like the sound of that.

    I'm so happy for you that 2023 already feels different. I hope 2023 continues to go like that for you. :)

  5. My first three books, a trilogy, they all had a singular word title. And love the word renewal best wishes for that in 2023!

  6. Congrats. I hope you get out of that all you want.

  7. Oooo, I like "renewal." I can definitely identify with that one. I too was a librarian and I tend to be very curious about middle grade books with titles like Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe.

  8. Woot! Glad you're pumped! I hope the new editor works out well and you find great success in the venture!

  9. Sounds like an exciting year ahead. I'm a fan of one-word titles too. Makes a strong statement.


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