Wednesday, January 5, 2022

IWSG: Writing Career Regrets?

"The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling."


This Month's Question: What's the one thing about your writing career you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it?

My Answer: Oh. Boy. This question made me stop and scroll back through my memories. As a general rule, I resist dwelling on regrets, because I cannot go back and change the past. However, I can move forward and make different decisions if I choose. But. To answer the question, my one writing career regret is that I waited until later in life to start. I wish I'd began pursuing this goal back in college. I knew as a young child that I wanted to be a writer, but various life pressures pushed my feet down a different path, and I pursued a business degree instead of an English degree. The second part of the question, "Were you able to overcome it?" Hmm. To a point, relatively speaking I was. I am a published author. But sometimes I wonder where my "career" would be if I had started all those years back in college. As I mentioned, instead of dwelling on the past and what could have been, I prefer to keep my eyes forward and make decisions to enhance my life now.

What about you? What are your thoughts on the topic?


  1. I wish I would have had the information and “know how” to do the same but I didn’t. I think you are doing fabulous right where you are :)

  2. Wow! Margo, we are so alike in this. Yes, I wished I'd started to take my writing seriously earlier. But with 5 kids to raise, the oldest being special needs, and my attending college during their growing-up years, there wasn't much time. Still, regrets don't help anyone, as you say. You just move on. Thanks for a great post!

  3. Starting earlier is a favorite answer today. But the importance is we did start!

  4. I started fairly young, but life kept getting in the way, so I've had a very slow journey into writing.
    But like you said, it doesn't matter when you start, but that you did.

  5. Your regret sounds just like mine. Congrats on building a successful writing career! Late is so much better than never.