IWSG - July 2018

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a group of writer's who post once a month about their insecurities, and then visit each other to offer help and support.

It's been a long time since I last posted, back in April. I really can't believe it's July already; this year so far seems like it's been both really short and really long.

There are a few reasons why I've been absent for so long; I've had a few health issues, nothing serious but it's been one illness after another this year. Then I was in a car accident in May, thankfully Jamie and I came out unhurt, but the car spent a month getting repaired. We've also been house hunting this year, we found two houses we really wanted but unfortunately both fell through. 

So, overall, it's been a bit of a rough year, and because of this I haven't got much writing done. However, I'm an optimistic person and I'm hopeful that the worst is over, so it's time to get back in the habit of doing the things I love, blogging and writing being top of the list.

Here are my goals for July:

- Post at least one blog post a week

- Read/listen to at least 3 books

- Work on edits for my novel, and maybe a short story or two.

- Go to the gym at least once a week.

And now onto July's question: What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

My ultimate writing goal is to be able to at least partially support myself with my writing - I would love to be able to work part-time and spend my days off writing. I work full time at the moment, and sometimes it's so difficult to fit writing in. 


  1. I'm always impressed by people who juggle writing with full-time work. It must be so challenging at times. I should add a "go to the gym" goal as well. But, it probably wouldn't get a check mark at the end of the month. Cheers - Ellen | thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com

  2. Sorry for all the crappy stuff. A month is a long time to fix a car. Hope third time's a charm and you get the next house you want.

  3. Hi Laura - glad things haven't been serious, but each 'challenge' does sort of put things on hold. Good luck with the house hunting and then your goals and reading ... and good to see you here - cheers Hilary

  4. It's amazing how draining house hunting can be...especially when your choices keep falling through. My significant other and I had that problem a few years ago, and it was so frustrating when we kept losing out.

    Hope you get a nice break from all this piling on, and I'm glad that the car accident wasn't more serious.

    Happy writing/editing!

  5. Definitely sounds like a trying start to the year but there's still a good half of it to go. Good to hear you're continuing to look forward and press ahead with those more positive things in life. Hope you achieve your dream of going part-time!

  6. It sounds as if you had a lot of "life" to deal with so far this year. I hope things smooth out for you in this last six months.

  7. It's amazing how everyday b.s. minutiae can suck the energy out of the soul. Hope things are back on track for you - you've got a great list of goals!

  8. Those are good goals! It's tough when illness and other life's circumstances stand in the way. We can hope they give us even more to write about.

  9. Here’s hoping the second half of your year is better!

  10. Hope your life gets onto a more even keel. Glad the accident only hurt the car.

  11. Hope your year improves! I'm a teacher so I've got a little extra time for the next few weeks - hoping it helps! Good luck to you :)

  12. My start of 2018 has been rough too. Here's hoping the rest of the year is kinder to both of us.

  13. Welcome back, Laura! It sounds like you've had a rough first half of the year. But you haven't let that rough spot stop you! Way to go. It's very difficult to write while you're working full time, but it sounds like you've got a workable plan. I'm glad to see going to the gym is one you list because working out can relieve stress and improve your health. Blogging is an excellent way to write smaller pieces and keep writing. Good luck! Persistence is what gets you through.

  14. I can relate, my writing year has been similarly difficult. I hope life calms down for you soon so you can achieve your goals. Good luck!

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