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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

IWSG January 2022 The Longest Distance between Two Places


Welcome readers, writers, authors, and bloggers!

We’re glad you’re here! It's the First Wednesday of the month; when we celebrate IWSG Day in the form of a blog hop featuring all of the members of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Founded by author Alex Cavanaugh (Thank you, Captain!) and fostered by like-minded associates, IWSG is a place to share the fabulous views and exciting news that occurs along our fascinating writing journeys. Check out the January newsletter here.  Perusing the many tips and resources offered here is definitely worthwhile and highly rewarding, so pull up a comfy chair, or better yet -  join us!

Our awesome co-hosts for this month's posting of the IWSG are: Erika Beebe, Olga Godim, Sandra Cox, Sarah Foster, and Chemist Ken!

This month’s optional question is:

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

My answer to the question, were I able to pin it down to just one thing, would be the laughably unoriginal lament of never enough time. Albert Einstein believed that the only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. But, would that be such a bad thing?  With all the events that come with living out of the way, there’d be all the time in the world left to write about everything that had happened all at once. Or would there be any time left at all? I think it best not to cast opportunity into the winds of regret and simply write any time, all the time.

Would I change events in my life that preempted writing? Not a chance. After all, a single moment recorded on a paper napkin could conceivably inspire the novel that rocks the next generation.

I believe that writers in complete control of their schedules are the luckiest among us struggling scribes. Still, even they are not immune to time thieves, timelines, or the angst of “If only I knew then.” However, they have realized, as Tennessee Williams suggests, that “Time is the longest distance between two places,” and instead of attempting to bridge that distance, they stroll comfortably along, with pen in hand, recording the journey.

Wishing all of us the most productive year ever. Happy 2022!



 “If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?”  ~Stephen Hawkings