IWSG—Writing plans for 2022


Welcome to this year’s inaugural meeting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The first Wednesday of each month, we share struggles, triumphs, quandaries, and fears.

This month’s question is:

What’s the one thing about your writing career you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it?

I would have to say I most regret not aggressively networking and marketing myself more, particularly as an indie author. I’m afraid to ask people to, e.g., host me for a guest blog, review one of my books, or help with a launch, since at the back of my mind, I’m afraid it’ll come off like shameless, pathetic begging. So many other writers seem to have a ready group of 20+ people to do all those things, or quickly get scores of volunteers the moment they ask for help.

This is still something I need to work hard on overcoming, the same way I worked so hard to lose 75 pounds and bring my severe pyrophobia as under control as it’ll ever be. Very similarly, now that I’ve started making BookTube and AuthorTube videos, I’m afraid to ask other people in those niches to collaborate with me or subscribe to my channel, since I’m not part of their established friend group.

And yes, I know this makes me sound like I’m mentally stuck in junior high or high school.

I’ll be going into this in much further detail in a separate post soon, but suffice it to say, I have serious reservations about continuing to do NaNoWriMo, either the official event in November or the camp months in April and July, after learning just how regressive and woke the organization has become. My profile would stay regardless, since I’m proud of how I’ve written over a million words since I began participating, but I’m not so sure about future events.

They wrote some long, impassioned blog post bashing Israel’s right to exist and defend itself against terrorism, and happily promulgated the woke new antisemitism that comes straight from the Soviet Union’s playbook. They don’t approve of the five chapters in Israel, because God forbid there be a single majority Jewish nation, in the very place our ethnoreligious group is indigenous to and has had a continuous presence in for thousands of years. They also ousted some municipal liaisons for not being sufficiently woke, which is really sinister and creepy.

And of course, the usual virtue-signalling woke word salad all over their other blog posts, website, and updated mission statement.

During 2022, I plan to focus the majority of my creative energies on my alternative history about Dante and Beatrice. Since IngramSpark didn’t offer free title setup as usual as a prize for winning NaNo 2021, I won’t have to race to finish the radical rewrite and polishing of the book formerly known as The Very Last by the end of March. However, I do intend to get back to work on TVL within the year.

I’ve not yet made a list of films and albums with landmark anniversaries to blog about this year, but I would like to finally do the pet and education series I’ve wanted to do for the last few years. Other topics I hope to cover in 2022 include writing about breeching and long pants, the struggle between historical accuracy and perpetuating misinformation, debunking myths about corsets, and when to split one book into multiple volumes.

I’ll also be continuing my Dantean posts, with subjects including contrapasso (i.e., a punishment mirroring or contrasting a sin), the history of English translations of The Divine Comedy, why you should read the entire poem and not just quit after Inferno, and proper new reviews of Purgatorio and Paradiso.

What are your writing plans for the new year? Would you continue participating in a writing group or organization whose official politics are impossible to agree to disagree on?

Author: Carrie-Anne

Writer of historical fiction sagas and series, with elements of women's fiction, romance, and Bildungsroman. Born in the wrong generation on several fronts.

11 thoughts on “IWSG—Writing plans for 2022”

  1. They actually stated Israel should not defend itself or exist? Wow.
    With my first book I was hesitant to ask but did anyway. I found the more I championed other authors and their books, the easier it became.

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  2. Networking is key. No matter how fantastic your book is, if you don’t have a network, it’s highly unlikely you’ll see many readers. They just can’t find you in the mass of published books. Hope your new year is great!


  3. Networking and marketing are major obstacles for so many in writing and other fields. And now with the COVID climate it’s gotten more difficult I think. Still I am always so impressed by your writing efforts.

    Those who bless Israel will be blessed. You’ll never find me saying bad things about Israel. As far as I’m concerned I’ll back whatever they do as long as it seems to be in the will of God.

    Keep on doing what you’re doing. You inspire me to think. Next maybe you’ll inspire me to act more.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  4. If you’re afraid to ask people to host you then the best alternative to that is ask people in general in a blog post or socialmedia post. That’s how I normally ask rather than asking each person individually. I figure when I do it through a post it’s less pressure on each person.

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  5. Carrie-Anne, that IngramSpark didn’t offer free title setup this year for winning NaNoWriMo may be a plus for getting The Very Last to perfection (humanly speaking) because of more time. Being disciplined, you will make use of the extra time, I believe.

    About promoting Nano through your partcipation – I hope you don’t. I wouldn’t participate/promote when an organization works against what I hold dear.


  6. I guess I’m not clear on why they felt they even needed to make a political statement? Seems strange. I’ve never officially done NaNo after a bad experience with a local liaison who was very full of himself. I do my own variation and stay away from the official one. That way I can jump in by using the energy of other writers doing official NaNo without the organization itself.

    The Warrior Muse


  7. So interesting about Nano. Weird. Each time I enter a new social media platform I close my eyes and oust do it. I always feel behind the times and. Starting TickToc is next. I reach out to IWSG members for help and suggestions all the time. Happy IWSG Day!


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