IWSG Day, Goals, Top Ten & Steady

Happy IWSG Day! It’s the first IWSG bloghop of the year. And with many more to come, every first Wednesday of the month. Thanks for bringing us together to share our writing highs and lows goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.

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

Interested in joining us? Click on the badge above. Our Twitter hashtag and handle are #IWSG and @TheIWSG.

So, what’s going on with me this month?

Well, I’ve decided to once again use the method used in NaNoWriMo 2022. Use a random wheel. I’ll be treating each month like a mini writing challenge. As I’m a turtle writer, I’ll be taking things slow and steady, setting my monthly word count goals to 5k words. I’ll be working on 9 WIPs, short stories and novellas, giving them three days each of my undivided attention. So that’s 166 words for 30 days. Until one by one and by mid-year half of the WIPs are fully drafted and edited. Polished and ready for submission or publication. Will decide what to do about novels and how many days to give them my focus going forward. For now, I’ll be working on the first randomly chosen WIP, “Love Lines.” The first novella in the WIP paranormal romance collection.

To help, I also recently purchased a new writing guide. Blank Page to Final Draft by Bryn Donovan. Already have and love Master List for Writers thesaurus by the same author and writer. So I think these two paired together would be a great help.

Anyways, it’s a new year but as for a new me, that’ll take a slow and steady effort as well. It’s not enough to eat better and exercise more. I have to find a lifestyle that suits me best in reaching my health and weight loss goals. Like eating less carbs and sugar. And doing more low impact, joint friendly exercises for 30 minutes and more.


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Now, I can’t start the new year without going over last year’s most popular posts. So here’s the top ten posts of 2022!

January 4 question – Do you have a word of the year? Is there one word that sums up what you need to work on or change in the coming year? For instance, in 2021 my word of the year was Finish. I was determined to finished my first draft by the end of the year. In 2022, my word of the year is Ease. I want to get my process, systems, finances, and routines where life flows with ease and less chaos. What is your word for 2023? Why?

My word of 2023 is steady. Even used the word 3-4 times in this post. I used to make big goals I wanted to do but would feel disappointed when I failed to meet them. I was trying to take too much on so that I can reach my long term goals faster. And it didn’t work. Recently, I’ve come to realize that I’m more likely to reach my goals by doing smaller, short term goals. And doing them steadily. Staying steady is the way to go for me. 

What’s going on with you this month? What are your goals for 2023? Do you have a word of the year?



  1. Spinning a wheel sounds like a good way to do things!
    “Without having a goal, it’s difficult to score.” Paul Arden
    I hope 2023 will become everything you need it to be.

    J Lenni Dorner (he/him 👨🏽 or 🧑🏽 they/them) ~ Reference& Speculative Fiction Author, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, and Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge

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    • Thanks J Lenni Dorner. I came up with the random wheel idea for NaNoWriMo. And it surprised me how well it worked. I had a 30 day writing streak. As last November was the most I’ve written since Covid, decided to use the wheel again on a smaller scale.


    • I came upon the wheel method because I remembered about those story games based on cubes. Then thought, like story cubes, why not leave it up to chance when it came to which WIP to work on. Why not spin a wheel.

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    • Yes and I’m so glad they’re older now and at the age where they know their responsibilities. Well, at least the younger one does. So don’t have to be on top of them 100 percent of the time. Only 85-90 percent of the time.
      Should’ve broken down my goals into bite-sized pieces a long time ago. Right now I’m working the third WIP from the random wheel.

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  2. I like the approach you’re taking with your stories. Making habits and setting aside time for certain projects so none are forgotten and you’re not bogged down on any one in particular. Slow and steady wins the race, or at least that’s what we’re told. I’m taking that approach as well. Tracking my daily word count. I have a number I’d like to hit each day, but if I don’t I am working to be positive and say each word is one closer to the end.

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    • Yes, I think it was Aesop Fables that introduced slow and steady wins the race with the tortoise and the hair story.
      I try to hit my 166 word daily goal and so far my word count has been over 166 words. But whether I hit or go over my word count goal, what’s more important is that I can focus on each WIP. And by not being bogged down by one, it removes the chances of my losing interest. Because I’m also given time to think over and let the story marinate before I tackle it again.


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