Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year: IWSG Question and Writer's Prayer for 2019

My thanks to Alex and the Insecure Writer’s Support Group in giving writers an opportunity to express their fears and insecurities. A great way to offer encouragement too. Anyone can join. Just click on the tab above and sign up. Postings are the first Wednesday of every month. Members are encouraged to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. 

The awesome co-hosts today are Patricia Lynne, Lisa Buie-Collard, Kim Lajevardi, and Fundy Blue!

Today’s optional question for discussion: "What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?"

Since moving to a new community in 2014, an hour from any major city, I rarely see other writers. I miss being asked about my writing and never minded their interest or questions. We were in the same boat and usually shared similar struggles.

Word did eventually spread when my novel was published here in 2017. As I am shy about sharing my writing life, my new neighbors were surprised when they learned about my book in a local newspaper. There is a definite disconnect between being an introverted writer and the requirement I promote my writing in an extroverted fashion. It's a strange disconnect for me. Am I alone in this? I therefore felt terribly out of my comfort zone and probably blew it by not setting up some community book signing. I've only had one. 

Awkward questions about my next book followed, which of course made sense if I wanted more readers. And then there was that unspoken question....that if I was a writer, well....why hadn't I published anything else yet? I guess I satisfied their curiosity by publishing garden articles over the summer in the newspaper, but I wish I wasn't such a slow writer. 

As for daily goals, my husband gave me a miniature timer for 4 daily events. Thinking about this, I listed some practical have-to events. I know I can fit in other things I love like reading, gardening and cooking, as these require little motivation.

1- Blog & other social media -1 hour or less daily as needed
2- Write daily - 3 hours or more
3- Exercise daily - at least 30 minutes 
4- Bills, filing, etc. - 1 hour or less daily as needed

So then I felt inspired this morning and wrote a Writer's Prayer for 2019, which I share below....



"A Writer's Prayer for 2019" 

May you walk along the free
sandy shores of discovery. 

May kindness find its way 
to you and yours with the break of day.

May you bask in the warm sun, 
pausing for a bit of fun.

May you find gold amidst the embers
and peace and comfort in the forest firs. 

May words flow like petals from heaven,
soft and pure with healing, again and again.

May words flow with joy, faith, and laughter 
when nothing else matters.

May your writer's pen bless you abundantly, 
and ten-fold more, those who read and see.

~~Sharon Himsl

Sharon M. Himsl
Published: Evernight Teen 


  1. The prayer is lovely and so fitting. This entire extrovert marketing and introvert reality seems like an impossible divide. But you did get at least one signing in! :)

    1. Thank you. This divide will most likely lead to my never being discovered as a writer, except of course, for loyal bloggers like you and a few friends and family :) We reach a point where it no longer matters. Writing becomes our way of life.

  2. Best of luck on your goals; they sound appropriate and achievable. I've gotten to where I don't even plan what I want to accomplish anymore; I'm so embarrassed by my lack of commendable follow-through.

    1. Thank you. I understand how you feel about stated goals and no follow through. Been there, done that too! I wonder if taking a break might be more freeing for you. A time to think and draw inspiration for the next writing adventure?

  3. I know how you feel about talking about your writing to non-writers. I don't even know if some of my family knows I'm still doing it.

    1. Same here. There are family members too who bought my book and never read it...or still plan to, not that I'm not grateful for their support. Just wish I had more feedback. Thanks!

  4. I'm an introvert who has trouble marketing myself in an extroverted way, so I totally feel you on that one. And, oh...the slowness. I relate to that, too. Sorry to hear that's something you struggle with as a writer!

    Also, that timer for four events sounds like a great idea. Best of luck meeting all your daily goals! Hope 2019 as a whole ends up being a productive year for you...

    1. Thanks Heather. I think a good blog goes a long way to overcome the introvert / extrovert problem. We can become each other's publicist too. And in the real world too. What's happened to me is I've lost my writers group with the move. I need to either start one here or travel to one. 2019 be the change!!

  5. I can understand your feelings. I often don't know how to answer questions and I am a SLOW writer- so I have quite a bit of time between books. I enjoyed your Writer's Prayer. I would love for my words to flow in 2019. Wishing you all the best! :)

    1. Hi Jess. Thanks! Thinking positive and hoping this is a good writing year for us all :) Keep on writing!


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