Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Welcome To 2019, The New Year! IWSG in January

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Welcome to 2019, a new year for all of us to discover. Here are some quotes I thought summed up what I would like to share with all of you. I hope you enjoy them and perhaps take one or more of them to heart.

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're 
Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: 

                                                     art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you're scared 
                                                     of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
Neil Gaiman

 This one is appropriate for all writers...
“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
Brad Paisley 

This one is special, hitting it right on the head,
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
Oprah Winfrey


I hope you all had wonderful and productive holidays (productive in that you had FUN!) and that this new year brings new light and wonder and fantastic-ness into your life. 
Please click HERE to find out the winners of the newest anthology, which will be coming soon!
Flying book mural in Columbus, Ohio

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.
Remember, the question is optional! 
January 2 question – What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?
I like people asking how I write and what inspires my stories. 
I don't like when someone asks me, "How is the writing going?" 
 
The #IWSGPit Twitter pitch is once a year now – and the next one is Tuesday, January15.
Don’t miss it!
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

The IWSG Goodreads Group is currently reading
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
The discussion will start January 23, 2019 and will go to the end of the month, but it will be up indefinitely, so you can hop in whenever you're able.

The stupendous co-hosts for the January 2 posting of the IWSG are:
Please visit them and thank them for co-hosting and getting the year off to a great start! 

55 comments:

  1. I need to give that Neil Gaiman quote to my granddaughter. She doesn't like to fail :)

    Happy New Year Li.

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  2. Love the quotes :-) I hope you have a successful 2019!

    Ronel visiting on IWSG day 2019 Goals, Resolutions and Questions

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  3. The Brad Paisley quote is perfect for writers! I struggle to answer the "how's the writing going" question too. I just usually say something vague like "I'm chipping away at it," then quickly change the subject. :-)

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  4. Thanks for co-hosting this month. I spent much time during the holidays baking bread and eating it with many family and friends.
    Happy New Year, it is a blank page waiting for us to make our mark.
    Mary at Play off the Page

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  5. I'm trying to write a good one, Brad!
    Thanks for co-hosting today.

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  6. Love the Neil Gaiman quote! I hope you had a wonderful year of writing. Good luck on the anthology! Thanks for co-hosting today.

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  7. I'm the same. Way. I like when people ask what inspires me. I don't like it when they ask what my process is. We all work so different and there are no rules to productivity. Thank you for co-hosting. Happy New Year!

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  8. Happy New Year!

    I just love the quote by Neil Gaiman! It's a tablespoon of wisdom that encourages people to step out and do something.
    Thank you also for co-hosting.
    Wishing you a successful 2019 and go out there and make some mistakes. I know I am.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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  9. I've always hated "How's the writing going?" Maybe it's because my answers are never good.
    Thanks for co-hosting!

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  10. Thank you for the quotes! And for co-hosting this month. I've been meaning to check out the Goodreads book club. Great reminder. Happy New Year!

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  11. Love that Neil Gaiman quote! :)

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  12. Love the quotes. I am quite confident I will make mistakes this year because I do that all the time.

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  13. As long as the years keep coming, we have many chances to get it right.

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  14. I needed the Neil Gaiman quote. Thanks!

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  15. Thanks for co-hosting this month.
    Thanks for the great quotes.
    I'm pretty good at making mistakes, so this suits me just fine.

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  16. Those are some good quotes. If we aren't doing anything in life then we'll only make one mistake: Not doing anything with our life.

    Have a great 2019!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  17. Thanks for sharing those lovely, inspiring quotes! I wish you happy, productive writing in 2019.

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  18. Love Neil Gaiman's quote! Yes, let's all make new mistakes. Let's all do something. The best holiday wish ever. Thank you.

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  19. Thanks for co-hosting!!! I love those awesome quotes, especially the first one.

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  20. Wonderful and inspiring quotes! Best of luck to you in 2019!

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  21. Good post, Lisa. I'm going to try the Twitter Pitch this year. I mean, why not???

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  22. Thanks for hosting this month, and for the inspirational quotes,. I like that one from Neil Gaiman especially. I definitely did stuff in 2018, and I will do even more stuff in 2019. Maybe even the right stuff! I could do with eating less stuff, though :)
    Happy new year!

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  23. I love that Neil Gaiman quote! Thanks for sharing it! I hope 2019 is a wonderful year for you!

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  24. Great quotes! Neil Gaiman's is especially appropriate right now. Your response that you like being asked about your process and inspiration is wonderful. I love those types of questions, as well. Wishing you a productive 2019. Thanks for co-hosting today.

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  25. Wonderful quotes here, Lisa! Thanks for co-hosting this month's IWSG bloghop! I'll follow your blog and follow you on social media. All the best in 2019.
    http://victoriamarielees.blogspot.com

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  26. Great quotes to the new year! Thanks for co-hosting.

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  27. LOVE those quotes - they're all so apt!
    Questions are difficult to answer - especially when the questioner is not a writer!!

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  28. That Neil Gaiman quote is perfect. My friend and I were just talking today about that philosophy. I'll have to share that quote with her.

    Thanks for co-hosting this month!

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  29. Hi Lisa! I'm going to take Oprah's quote around with me today, so thanks for that. And thanks for co-hosting! And happy New Year! And happy IWSG Day! That's all my ands. :)

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  30. Cheers to making many mistakes in 2019! But, for now, we will try to do things right. :-) Thanks for co-hosting and Happy New Year!

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  31. Thanks for co-hosting! Blessings

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  32. Thanks for hosting. I like your Neil Gaiman quote too. All of them really. Love quotes. Happy IWSG!

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  33. I love all of these quotes. Thank you for pulling them together and being an inspiration today. Thank you for cohosting and stopping by my blog with such a sweet comment. I wish you so much success in 2019 :)

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  34. Hi Lisa! Thanks for being a co-host today! I enjoyed the quotes that you shared, especially Neil Gaiman's. His "American Gods" is waiting for me to read at home. Wishing you lots of success and fulfillment in 2019!

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  35. "How much longer before the book is finished?"

    That's why I don't tell people I'm a writer. :)

    Have a great 2019 and thanks for co-hosting this month's IWSG posts.

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  36. Love the quote about making mistakes--NEW mistakes. Gaiman is very wise. A question I don't like is "are you still writing?" Duh. I want to say "if you paid attention to my FB posts, or checked Amazon, you'd know." Oh, well... Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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  37. "When's the new book?" is the question I dislike, but I hate it even more when people stop asking. Thanks for hosting and the inspiration about making mistakes. We all make them, hate it when we do, but it's how we learn. Happy New Year!

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  38. Beautiful quotes! New mistakes are coming whether we want them or not, so we might as well embrace it. Happy New Year and thanks for co-hosting!

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  39. Those are great quotes! Thank you for co-hosting.

    That's a good favorite question, also. I didn't have one lol.

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  40. Thank you for co-hosting, Lisa! How are you getting settled in? I love that flying book mural--where is that? Happy New Year.

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  41. I believe that most of my non-writer friends don't know what to ask, but feel they should have a question or two to show interest--which they really don't have, of course. Most of them think I'm a tad crazy and should spend my time in more "productive" ways. Fortunately, I have a few who are sincerely interested and that makes the conversation easier.

    I like Oprah's quote and I hope she's right.

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  42. I'm also not fond of the question, "Have you written anything I would have heard of?"

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  43. Thank you for co-hosting!

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  44. I love the quotes, especially Neil Gaiman’s. We need to give ourselves permission to fail in order to reach for the stars. I always forget that.

    I don’t like “how is the writing going” either. It’s a loaded question. Lol.

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  45. The Neil Gaiman quote is spot on. I may be older and wider, (Yes, I DID mean "wider.") but I can always count on finding a way to make new mistakes every year. I'm afraid it's in the nature of the beast. :)

    Thanks so much for co-hosting this month. Happy New Year!

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  46. Those are great quotes. There is something about the new year that is motivating. I enjoy all the blank pages. So many clean slates. So much hopefulness.

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  47. I'm not a fan of being asked how the writing is going either. The answer will vary depending on what's going on in my life and health.

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  48. Thank you for the inspiring quotes, and for co-hosting this month. Cheers to 2019!

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  49. Uplifting quotes to start off the new year!

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  50. I love that Neil Gaiman quote... it's bursting with energy!
    Happy New Year, Lisa and thank you for co-hosting the IWSG this month!
    Writer In Transit

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  51. I love that Neil Gaiman quote! I totally agree with the feelings about those questions. I like to talk about my writing, but not how's it going. Thanks for co-hosting this month!

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  52. Thanks for cohosting, Lisa.

    Those are great quotes. Words to live by, for sure.

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  53. Well-played with the co-hosting, hope you enjoyed it :)

    I totally enjoyed your choice of quotes, so thanks for choosing and sharing!

    Hope 2019 is off to a great start - and yes, so good to have technology to keep far-away loved ones just that little bit closer :)

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  54. Hi Lisa,

    With my being beyond fashionably late, it's taken me over two weeks just to wish you an amazing 2019. Those quotes are awesome.

    Well done on co-hosting on "IWSG" aka "I Was Seeking Gary." Delusional moment has passed.

    Happy writing, Lisa.

    Gary

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  55. Thanks for sharing the quotes! Have a great new year!

    www.ficklemillennial.blogspot.com

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