IWSG – New Year New Focus

It is 2023! Happy New Year. I hope you all had a great holiday however you celebrate. New year, new month, new IWSG blog post. As in years past, I use the first post of the year to lay out the goals I want to accomplish. 

This year I have some must do goals in regards to books that need to be completed. I have two contracted books that are due, the first Feb. 14, the other in Nov. (blanking on that date). So that means, unlike 2022, I will complete a project. Yay! 

The other goals are similar to what I had last year. Mainly because I’m so hung up on the first bullet point, it’s hard for me to focus on much else. But since I failed to publish anything in 2022 and I don’t want to repeat that in 2023. My writing year for 2022 was abysmal at best which means I’m having major self doubts about my productivity possibilities currently. But I’m trying to retrain my brain and use more positive language in regards to myself. 

The novella is one that I started when I was attempting to jumpstart my creative flow. I couldn’t focus on the full I’d started and hoped something lighter/easier would work, but nope. Life has changed, my days aren’t as free as they were now that I babysit my niece so I’m having to adjust my expectations. With readjusted focus I’m feeling good about my ability to hit the publish goal.

The final three all somewhat go together. Last year I created a system of having a dedicated social media day to create and schedule posts. My hope then was consistency would help increase my sales. I want to remain consistent because I admittedly dropped off toward the end of the year, especially since I wasn’t feeling like it was making much of an impact. For 2023 I need to reevaluate my marketing efforts starting by putting real thought and planning into figuring out what will work best for me. 

That’s it for me this month. I hope your year is off to a good start.

Until next time,


The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a home for writers in all stages; from unpublished to bestsellers. Our goal is to offer assistance and guidance. We want to help writers overcome their insecurities, and by offering encouragement we are creating a community of support.

The awesome co-hosts for the January 4 posting of the IWSG are Jemima Pett, Debs Carey, Kim Lajevardi, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, and T. Powell Coltrin!