It’s time for another Insecure Writer’s Support Group post to boost my confidence and encourage myself to engage with the writing community. The IWSG post on the first Wednesday of every month.
Today is the start of Camp NaNoWriMo-I’ve signed up and am ready to get some work done on my Sci-Fi/Fantasy crossover novel, tentatively titled Glasswalker. I’ve chosen a modest goal of 15000 words (500 a day) as I feel like that’s achievable right now. You can find my profile here if you’d like to look me up.
I faced my fear of sharing my work last week by posting a short story for National Writing Day, called “No People, No War“. I was really proud of myself for getting it done on time and having the courage to share it as I’m always nervous about what others will think. Some of the positive comments I got have really helped to improve my confidence.
What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?
I’ve been writing since childhood, but I think my ultimate goals have largely remained the same. I would really love to:
- Publish at least three novels
- Publish at least one poetry collection
- Publish at least one non-fiction book
- Write my autobiography (for my daughter, not for publication)
However, my plan for achieving these goals have changed. When I was younger I thought that it would be easy to write and publish books very quickly. Now I realise just how long and laborious the cycle of writing and editing is before you even get to querying. I’m now more realistic about my goals and understand that they will take time to accomplish. Instead of furiously writing a novel in a couple of months and then neglecting it, I’m trying to do a little writing every day, for however long it takes.
I also used to automatically think about traditional publishing, but the more I learn about the process the more I’m drawn towards self-publishing. I know the marketing, proofreading and cover design are expensive and time-consuming to organise, but I like the flexibility that self-publishing offers, so it’s definitely something I’m considering.
Before you go…
What are your ultimate writing (or blogging) goals?