Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Looking back and forward

At the end of last year, did you look back on the goals you'd set yourself for 2017 to see how many you met? Yes, me too. If you're like me, there were some succeses and some things which ... let's just say they didn't go quite as we'd hoped. We could call them failures, or we could look on the bright side and consider them experiments and learning opportunities.


If we can work out why we didn't meet our targets, and adapt what we do in the future so we get better results in 2018, then we're turning things we didn't do into things we're coming ever closer to achieving.

If you're feeling insecure about any aspect of your writing, including but not limited to your plans for 2018, then you might like to consider joining the Insecure Writer's Support Group – it does exactly what it says on the badge!


Btw, I was a runner up in one of the free entry writing competitions I blogged about last year. You can read my article here. I'll be posting links to lots more free to enter writing contests over the coming days, weeks and months.

14 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Writing is one of those things where the goals are ongoing and more of a journey.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I haven't set any goals for 2018, yet I'm excited about the year. That alone is a revelation. May all your dreams come true in 2018, Patsy. Happy New Year.

Loni Townsend said...

I like considering them experiments. It's a good way to look at it!

cleemckenzie said...

I had some failures last year that I refuse to allow again. One thing about those is that I learned good lessons. Now, for 2018 where I won't make those same mistakes again, just some new ones. Happy New Year.

Chrys Fey said...

I look at the things I don't accomplish as a learning lesson. And also as things out of my control.

Congrats on being runner up!

Nick Wilford said...

It's fine to make mistakes, as long as we learn from them. Hope your writing goes well this year. Congrats on your contest placing!

Rosemary Johnson said...

Well done on winning the Green Parent comp.

Juneta Key said...

I try to look at thing with writing as something that I tried but it does not work, so I can cross it off and move on to the next thing that sounds promising. Trial and error until I get it right. As Og Mandino said, "I will persist until I succeed."

Cathy said...

Congrats on the contest. I keep plugging along. There are advancements and setbacks. The setbacks are often out of my control, and so I need to forge a new path.

Best wishes for 2018.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Congrats on the contest!!! Keep up the good work. Wishing you great success in all your endeavors in 2018!!! Happy New Year!!

Fundy Blue said...

Happy New Year, Patsy! Congratulations on the contest! Wishing you lots of success with your writing planning and implementation in 2018. I'm still making the IWSG rounds this morning, since I just returned from a month away from home Tuesday evening. Last year was a chaotic one for me, so many plans and goals went down in flames; but I have high hopes in the new year.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy - good luck to you both for the coming year - you're amazing you keep entering stories and letting us know about places where we can submit ... take care and a very happy 2018 - cheers Hilary

Mandy 'n' Justin said...

Ugh. I haven't even had a chance to look back at my goals and see how to improve for next year. I definitely need to, though. I hope you achieve more of your goals in 2018, Patsy. Be sure to keep us updated on how things are going! :)

With Love,

Mandy

Fay Knowles said...

Lovely article, Patsy, and congratulations on being runner up. I'd written an article years ago about family traditions, but it was different from yours (yours is much more comprehensive that mine was). It's buried somewhere on my computer! Never did submit it anywhere and no time right now to dig old articles out to submit. One day ....!