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.