The Insecure Writer's Support Group
The Insecure Writer's Support Group hop is an awesome opportunity to share insecurities and to encourage each other as writers! The website and newsletter offer great writing and business tips. The Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads Group, and Instagram pages are all places offer places for us to connect on a daily basis.
This whole group was started by Alex J. Cavanaugh.
The administration team has awesome, caring writers involved.
Optional Question: What are your ultimate writing goals? And, how have they changed over time, if at all?
My original, ULTIMATE writing goals are huge (and require those capital letters, really).
I've written over 250,000 words of rough draft material, most of which has yet to be read by anyone other than myself. Much of my writing this year has been in my journals. The entries there range from goals to reflections to Bible studies to prayers to stories and character profiles. My laptop writing has been all over the map, as well from fiction to non-fiction, goals, etc.
No matter how sick I've been, no matter how few sales I have on certain months, I can't stop writing. It's in my blood, my brain, my fingertips, and when one of my doctors (I have several due to multiple physical health issues) asked what I really loved to do, I told her about my writing. She listened to me for fifteen minutes into her lunch break.
I usually hate talking about my writing, but I've felt so held back by my health that the passionate cry for writing in my soul just wouldn't shut up. She was looking me up on Amazon on her phone as I left her office.
Since my goals are super huge (spanning several typed pages in detail) and I've already spent sometime circling the topic, I'll just give the basics.
My basic, ULTIMATE writing goals:
1. Write every day for the rest of my life. (I think I have this one.)
2. Complete all of the project ideas I have in partial to full draft format (15).
3. Write and complete a minimum of 50 books (fiction and non-fiction).
4. Get them published - any which way that works.
5. Get one book on the bestseller list. It could be way down in the rankings, but I would love to make the NYT bestseller's list. This is one of those goals that I doubt a lot, but it's still there, so I'm being raw and honest with this crazy idea.
6. Write a minimum of 100 poems that get published.
7. Get over 300 short stories published.
8. Help other writers. Specifically, I hope to start (not now, not ready yet) at least an online quarterly magazine with a yearly publication attached to it. And, I hope that some of my posts and my non-fiction are helpful to writers. Originally, I wanted to start my own indie publishing press, but I'm not ready yet and I'm not sure I will be for a several more years. If I do it, I want to do it well.
9. I also have this super-crazy, pie-in-the-sky idea in which I would help create a Writer's Refuge/Writing Center in the community where I live. There's one in Seattle, but that's a bit of a drive (ranging from 45 minutes on a good day to 2 hours on a heavy traffic day). This is far, far off.
The good news is that I've made progress on most of these goals. I have books, stories, and poems published. I have tried to help fellow writers here at my blog by showcasing books and by providing some information posts (more of which will start coming next week). So, now, onto the next word and the next word, and onward.
#IWSGPit is coming soon! The Admin team, especially founder Alex J. Cavanaugh, has been working tirelessly to prepare for this event and I think it will be the best one yet!
What are your ultimate writing goals? Have they changed? Do you have any cries of the writing soul that just won't be silenced?
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