Wednesday, July 3, 2013

IWSG: 2013 Halftime Report

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which hails the regular arrival of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, hosted by Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. The group offers a place for writers of all kinds to support each other in those moments of insecurity.

It's hard to believe it, but we're about halfway through 2013 already. Like many of you, I set a lot of goals for myself at the start of the new year, both personal and professional. And I'm happy to report that I've knocked a few of those ambitions out of the park. One such goal was to be accepted to a major writing workshop, and as this entry goes up, I'm in the middle of my adventure at Odyssey.

But I'll still have a lot of work to do when I get back. As happy as I am to have accomplished what I have so far, the goals I haven't managed to tackle yet are glaring at me as the weeks and months tick away. We all know what that feels like. Whenever New Year's Eve comes around, talk of resolutions almost always garner a few eye rolls and sarcastic laughs from the cynical among us. It's practically expected that most New Year's Resolutions are just flights of fancy that will never be kept. 

Today, I thought I'd share an infographic that was passed along to me from Allison at It highlights some of the points I made in a post about setting goals for your writing last year, but does a better job conveying the importance of writing those goals down (with some stats to back it up).

Setting Goals Infographic

Well, folks, it's July already. Have you kept your resolutions thus far? If so, congratulations! If not, why do you think that is? Did you write them down? Did you give it your all? And more importantly, do you still have time? I bet you do.

Don't concede defeat yet. Don't let failed goals be one of your insecurities, and don't wait for January to renew those resolutions. There's no time like the present. You can do it.


  1. That chart is awesome!
    My birthday is in May and I always see that as a great time to look at my year. The bane of my existence is always trying to do too much too fast because I'm horribly impatient. And of course that gets you nowhere.

    That's great you still care about your other goals. I'd be so happy to hit one, I'd just roll the rest over to next year. Lol!

  2. I've seen that infographic before. That's why I set goals, not resolutions. Just think of all the exciting new goals you'll have when you get back from that conference!

  3. I love that infographic!

    Really makes me feel motivated to work on a resolution list.

  4. I guess this ties right into my working better against a deadline (like during NaNo when I had a daily number of words to write to make my goal).

    Off to create my daily word goal for this month so I can get my next novel's first draft DONE! Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. I don't make new year's resolution, mainly because New Year is not a landmark for me. I do set goals, make them as clear as I can -- particularly when it comes to writing, but not only -- set an approximate deadline, and then devise a plan to get there. If it works out, great, if it doesn't, I adjust the deadline and plan, but never quit on that goal. And I don't care whether it's this calendar year or not, whether I start something in November and finish in May or whether it takes me three years or more. :)

    Also, frankly, I am used to tight deadlines from work, but tend to not set them tightly in personal interests -- even writing. I prefer to have time to breathe and live, to enjoy wildly different aspects of my life while I pursue my goals.


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