Tuesday, January 1, 2013

IWSG - Reflections of 2012


Welcome, 2013! We made it. Another writerly/readerly year notch in the belt. Feels good.

Tomorrow is also the first Wednesday of the month when writers around the blogosphere post for Insecure Writers Support Group. I"m getting ahead of the game with a post a day early (and cuz I don't know what day it is. lol) Click on the picture below to get to HDQ and learn more.


Whatever our goals for 2013, let's not forget to reflect on how far we've come since January 2012. Maybe we're still not where we'd like to be, but if we're "moving toward the mountain" (to quote Neil Gaiman) then we have accomplished something.

For me, reflection is important because it marks growth. With writing, sometimes our growth is so gradual, it's hard to recognize. But it's there. Makes me wonder if there's ever a point when a writer feels satisfied with themselves. I'm guessing not. If you're like me, you're always striving to be better.

So with reflection in mind, I ask you, what have you learned? (I know, sounds like a John Lennon song, right?) But I  think it's important to consider. For me, 2012 has reminded me that creating a work of art takes time. Sometimes years to perfect a novel, film, or even a painting.

The good news, is that there's no hurry. We get excited about our craft, which leads to euphoria and sometimes premature submissions and/or releases, but when we take the time to truly labor over every scene and every word, our product is the better for it.

Reminds me of a quote I heard once: "Get your ego out of the product, and into the process."

That's what I'm taking away from 2012.

How about you? What are you reflecting on? What have you learned? 

Here's to a very productive 2013! Filled with creativity, perseverance, and genius. And on this day in 2014, may we reflect again, and let out a collective sigh of accomplishment. 

Thanks for being on this journey with me. Don't forget to check out the contest I'm holding. Read here for more details. 

39 comments:

Laura said...

Oh man - you scared me then - I'm sure it's Tuesday - if it's wednesday - I really should be at work right now!!!

It's a good lesson, the one of perseverance, and one I have struggled with - I'm more of an instant gratification kind of girl, but it's one I'm going to be learning this year I think.

Happy new year and I look forward to seeing you on January 1st next year
Laura x

Old Kitty said...

Happy New Year to you PK!! May your writerly journey in 2013 be full of joy and success and lots of super amazing and exciting things!!

I'm totally sold on continuing to learn and to perfect my writerly craft no matter how long it takes! Take care
x

noonebutabloghead said...

Happy new year!

I've been thinking something similar in the past few days. I tend to get down because I'm nowhere near where I think of as my 'intended destination' as a writer, but, looking back over the last year, I can see how I have grown and developed, even though there's more to do.

You're totally right though - we need to be proud of the progress we've made.

Shelly said...

Great post! I thought about posting mine this morning. I may do so this evening since I have to work in the morning.

This year, I'll work on finishing up a series. But I'll need time to do that so my blog posts will be at bare minimum.

Happy New Year!

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

Jess said...

Happy New Year! Love the quote, "Get your ego out of the product, and into the process." I'm hoping to accomplish some writing goals this year, and this post is just what I needed to read. Focus, Jess, focus :)

Karen Walker said...

Happy new year, Pk. I came down with the flu yesterday, so I'm basically reflecting on why I keep getting sick. But I have absolutely faith that I will complete the first draft of my novel this coming year.
Karen

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A day early is fine with me!
I think I've learned you can do more than you imagine if you try.
Hope 2013 rocks for you, Pk!

Tonja said...

The thing I've learned from writing over the last three years is patience.

M.J. Fifield said...

I don't know what day it is either.

I like to think I learned that it's okay that I didn't reach my goals as long as I am still "moving toward the mountain" as you (and Neil Gaiman) said.

Best of luck to you in the new year!

Michael Di Gesu said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR, PK!

I agree, reflection is a necessary part of growth. You had a banner year in 2012, and I know your light will shine even brighter for 2013...

ALL THE BEST!

Michael

Jeff Hargett said...

Acknowledging accomplishments (and what made them happen) is incredibly important. Much success to you in 2013!

DL Hammons said...

I was doing some reflecting of my own when I decided to take a break and do some blog hopping.

Welcome to 2013! :)

Beth said...

I learned to plot & that's a big one

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I learned not to fear the blogosphere and that has kept me from going insane.

The Golden Eagle said...

That's a really interesting quote. Makes a great point.

Here's to 2013! :)

Miranda Hardy said...

It's important to reflect about the how far you've grown and what you've learned. I hope 2013 is fabulous for you.

Madeline Jane said...

Happy New Year! I've been taking extra time to reflect on mankind's success in surviving the apocalypse. ;) But really, I love that quote. Here's to 2013!

Denise Covey said...

Happy New Year, Pk. Thanks for your reflections. I'm reflecting on actually finishing my novels. That'd be good for 2013.

Cally Jackson said...

Happy New Year, PK! Hard to believe - this is the year I'll become a Mum! :-)

In terms of professional reflections from 2012, my biggest one would be 'patience is a virtue'! I had to call upon my limited stores of patience many times throughout the publishing process and I'm glad I did because it was definitely worth it in the end!

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi, PK! Great post. Happy New Year!

michelle said...

Hey sistah... Happy New Year!
I've been reflecting on more structured writing goals... and accountability...
I think you've done very well and will probably do even better in 2013 - you seem well on track!
Great post! That quote wraps it up neatly! :)

cleemckenzie said...

I loved that you looked back with thoughts of tallying up all that you'd accomplished last year. We so often forget that we may not be where we want, but we've come a very long way toward our goals.

Happy New Year.

Christine Rains said...

Great post! I've learned to not push myself so hard and I'm trying to accept that I don't have control over everything too. Have a great new year!

jamieayres.com said...

I'm reflecting on how to inspire the next generation with and through books:-) Cheers to 2013! I like your new contest idea!

Al Diaz said...

2012 has been so full of lessons that I feel it was worth three years or more. I'm still digesting and burping. :) But the best year is still to come in 2013. :D

Donna Hole said...

I learned about cutting back once in a while to prevent burn out :)

Yes, I'm looking forward to 2013; it is bound to be a better year for me. I'm starting out in the positive and hoping it carries me all through the year.

I look forward to seeing how this year unfolds for you PK. You will be awesome.

........dhole

Tamara said...

Happy New Year!! Hmmmm...that's a tough one. 2012 was kind of a weird year for me. But, now that you've made me think about it, I guess I learned that writing almost every day is a guaranteed way to improve--even if it doesn't FEEL like you're improving. It's a slow process, but I'm further along with it than I was a year ago. Hoping 2013's lessons are a little more exciting, but I'll take what I can get. :)

Ciara said...

I've learned to take a breath and enjoy the little moments.

kimlajevardi.com said...

Great post! I think reflection is one of the most valuable tools anyone who's learning something can use. As I reflect back on 2012, and beginning my first novel, I can say that I've learned it's worth it. The early morning hours (because that's when I have time to write), the days where I feel like deleting it all, and the anxiety having my chapters critiqued causes. It's all worth it because I finally feel I'm fully engaged in something that is me. Something that fuels me. And I move into 2013 more intent than ever.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I'm very happy with what I achieved in 2012 - I came a long way and learnt a lot, but there's still a long way to go before I get to where I want to be.

Have a great 2013!

Barbara Watson said...

I love the ending/beginning of a new year being only a second apart. It so clearly allows us to look back and look ahead all at the same time. 2012 taught me how to actually write a book--one that feels like something special. I hope 2013 shows that it is something special.

fOIS In The City said...

Happy New Year, PK ... I'm back on line after I lost the computer on Christmas day. Reflecting on how dependent I've become on the little sucker.

I know 2013 holds great promise for you and hopefully for many of us as well ... afterall ... we survived another presidential election, avoided a Mayan disaster and came to the other side of midnight in one "peace."

LTM said...

2012 WAS a huge learning year for me! And a very unexpected year in many ways. I'm looking forward to 2013 being even more exciting for all of us. We've all got big plans, you've got a shiny new agent (squee!), and it's just all feeling very good.

I like it! Best to you, my friend~ *hugs* <3

kmckendry said...

Happy New Year!
I have learned so much this year. I hope I can apply all that knowledge to make 2013 totally awesome!

Love the quote!

Candilynn Fite said...

I've learned never, ever give up on my dreams. I've learned to celebrate the small stuff and find content with the things I have accomplished.

Happy New Year to you!!!

Margo Kelly said...

I always love reading your posts! I think you're simply awesome! Yes, I learned a lot in 2012 ... and I hope to accomplish more in 2013. :) Happy New Year!

Michelle said...

I love your thoughts here, very encouraging.
Happy new year. Xx

William Kendall said...

It wasn't a good year for me... what I'd take away from it would be that when you're in the middle of a tempest, you just have to keep moving forward.

Donna Yates said...

I've learned that support from our friends can shoot us and our goals to reach our dreams.