Wednesday, January 6, 2016

IWSG - Letting Go of Worry in the New Year

January 6, 2016

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group

The start of a new year is an exciting time, at least for me. I take a look back at where I’ve been and look ahead to where I’m going. It’s a mixed bag of good and bad. Sometimes the temptation is to rest on my laurels but I know that won’t get me too far. Yet when I look ahead at everything I want to accomplish, it’s easy to get discouraged before I’ve even begun. Case in point - continuing the Men of Marionville series.

If you follow along here at Between the Keys, you already know the plan is to take each book in the series and bounce another story off each one. We can check in with each couple, introduce one of their acquaintances, and give him his own story. That’s eight new stories the writer part of me wants to have finished - now!

I know the task won’t be accomplished in the blink of an eye. And if I look at the mountain of work involved to complete eight stories, it’s easy to get discouraged.

What if I don’t have time? What if a family member needs me to become their caregiver? What if the day job requires more time? What if my health takes a turn in the new year? What if I get a serious case of writer’s block?

I think all writers face those questions in some form. Each of us need to find our way past the worry and the “what ifs” to get to where we want to go. If there’s a New Year’s resolution I’d make it would be to let go of worrying about the “what ifs” and simply write.

If I can do that, the New Year shines with promise.

KC Kendricks

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Christine Rains said...

Those what if questions can get weighty. As you said, we must simply write on! Right now I'm battling a rotten sickness and feeling way behind on everything, but really, it's just the first week of the new year. I can take a few weeks to make sure I'm healthy. Good luck and have a fantastic 2016. :)

KC Kendricks said...

Thanks for stopping by Between the Keys. It seems like my words were a bit prophetic. With my main publisher closing at the end of March, I have a lot of work to do to prepare my titles for a seamless transition. But I'm not going to worry. It will happen in its designated time. I'm grateful I'm healthy as the proverbial horse and can climb the mountain.

J.Q. Rose said...

I like your last sentence..let go of worrying and simply write. Sage advice. Best wishes in the new year!

KC Kendricks said...

Thanks for stopping by Between the Keys. May the new year keep us all healthy and happy!

L.G. Keltner said...

Best of luck! I hope all goes well and you get those stories written!

Diane Burton said...

Having a large goal (like 8 books in a series) can be overwhelming. But breaking it into smaller portions can make it less daunting. Best wishes for a great 2016.

KC Kendricks said...

Thanks for stopping by the blog! Definitely take it a step at a time.