Tuesday, July 03, 2018

IWSG: The Ultimate Writing Goal

Normally, the Insecure Writer's Support Group posts on the first Wednesday of the month, but since the Fourth of July is tomorrow, we're blogging a day early. To learn more about the IWSG, please visit the website or Facebook page. You can also follow them on Twitter. (@TheIWSG).

Our hosts for July are Nicki Elson, Juneta Key, Tamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne. Our question for this month is What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

I've always wanted two things from my writing: to find the people who "get" me, and to make a living from it. Sure, I admit I've fantasized about winning major awards and being Guest of Honor at a convention, but these two things matter the most to me. When I first started writing, traditional publishing was the only way to get anywhere in the field, but now there are multiple ways and formats to put your work in front of readers. Being an indie writer (though technically I'm more of a hybrid author) may make some goals (like prestigious awards) harder to achieve, but in the long run, it may be easier to earn more from my work if I control the rights. I do realize by this point that neither ultimate goal is easy to reach, but that's what makes them ultimate goals. The way to achieve them is to chart a path of smaller, easier goals that you can work on. Even if I never make it to my final goal, I'll still be farther than when I started.

Another type of ultimate goal is to finish a series. Although I've finished the Season Avatars series, I still want to write a spin-off series following my Avatars and their descendants. I know where I want that series to conclude; it's a matter of figuring out how to get to that point.

What are your writing goals? How do you plan to achieve them? Feel free to share in the comments.

I'm taking tomorrow off from blogging, so Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans, and see you Friday!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

One of my goals was to finish a series, which I did. But considering my first goal was one book, I'd say that's a big change.
Taking tomorrow off as well - have a great Fourth!

Sandra Almazan said...

You too, Alex!

Crystal Collier said...

Series are so much fun, eh? I love the getting aspect of your goals. The change in the writing industry is a two-edged sword, but I think for the most part, it's good. Being able to control your destiny is better than being at the mercy of other people's decisions.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Elizabeth S. Craig is a hybrid author and she admitted she made more last year with her self-published books than her ones with Penguin.

emaginette said...

Everyday is another step closer. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Lynn La Vita said...

My goal is to post once a month. The last two years I've focused my energy on my husband's recovery. Things have reached a new normal and I'm beginning to have time & energy to write. Reading your comments on my monthly IWSG posts has help fuel my desire. Thank you for time. Congratulations on completing your Season Avatars series!

Juneta Key said...

I like the way you think. I had not thought about the Get Me part but yeah that is a huge part of what I want too. Happy IWSG!

Diane Burton said...

Completing small goals lead us to completing big ones. Never easy. Good luck to you on your goals.

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