Tuesday, July 3, 2018

#IWSG July 2018 The ULTIMATE Writing Goals

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.
And, our co-hosts this month are: Nicki Elson, Juenta Key, Tamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne.

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).

The last two years have been all about writing survival.

 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.

However, my ULTIMATE writing goals are still intact. Despite feeling several times like I should throw down my writing torch, the writing flames just won't die. 

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?

Summer Splash Days for IWSG Instagram:

BTW, I'm taking part in the summer Smashwords Sale for all of July!
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The Cynical Sailor said...

Your doctor sounds amazing! Sounds like you made a sale there :-)

I love your goals, especially the fact that you're not afraid to put the big ones out there and go for them. In terms of helping other writers, this probably isn't what you mean, but you've already helped me by beta reading and I imagine you already helping lots of other writers too.

cleemckenzie said...

You have some pretty powerful goals, Tyrean. I'm sure you'll accomplish them.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Those are huge goals! And I can see you going after and getting every single one.

Patricia Lynne said...

Wow. Those are hefty goals! Good luck with getting them.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Love your enthusiasm, Tyrean! Wishing you all the luck on all of your goals! :)

And what a great "bedside manner" that doctor has! Wish there was more of that kind of thing in the world.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Ellen (Cynical Sailor) - I'm glad I've been able to help, and yes, that is part of what I hope to do. :)

C. Lee - Thanks for the vote of confidence!

Alex - Thanks for the wonderful encouragement!

Patricia - Thank you!

Madeline - Thanks! I agree. She is an amazing doctor.

Julie Flanders said...

Oh wow, I love your idea for a writing refuge/center in your area. I think you are probably just the person to get it done. I admire your ambition and never quit attitude!
So glad you've found a great doctor who listens. That's so important. I bet she loved hearing about your writing.
Happy 4th to you and your family!

Crystal Collier said...

I love your goals. Mine are similar in some regards--especially finishing the partial projects sitting on my computer. I think I have about 40 of them now... LOL. At least we'll never suffer for want of ideas, eh?

Lee Lowery said...

That is one ambitious goal list! I don't think you'll be throwing down your writing torch anytime soon - or ever!

krystal jane said...

I love that you have all those goals! And I love that they’re written down. I need to drum up some new ones. For a long time, my only goal was to be published. So, I’m in definite need to figure out what’s next.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I like the idea of the magazine. You're aiming big and that's great.

I'll see if I can jump in on a couple of those prompts this month.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Julie - I hope so. It's still in the "idea" phase and may be a long way off. Thanks for the encouragement!

Crystal - very true! We will never suffer from lack of ideas.

Lee - not planning on throwing it down ever.

Kyrstal - congrats on completing the first goal! Best wishes on the next one.

Diane - Thanks!

Megan Morgan said...

That's a great list of goals! Like you, I write no matter what. It's just who I am, it's in my blood. Good luck to you with everything!

J Q Rose said...

I admire your courage in actualy sharing your goals with us. I, on the other hand, don't mention mine for fear I may not accomplish them. After reading your post, I see now, that is wrong thinking. I should be held accountable because then I will actually work on achieving those goals. So maybe I will get serious about offering a writers-readers day for our county. Oops, I wrote that in public. Now I'll have to find a way to do it. Thanks. PS--I have a doc who listens, but she also talks to me about her life!!
JQ Rose

Tyrean Martinson said...

Megan - thanks for your encouragement!

JQ - It is a little hard to acknowledge all of my big goals because I share that same fear. I think the idea of a writers-readers day is great!

Cherie Reich said...

I love your goals! Best of luck accomplishing them!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love your goals and your can-do attitude.

Laura Clipson said...

Wow, those are some big goals! I have the ultimate faith in you, good luck!

Sarah Foster said...

I love your goals! I'm sure you'll be able to accomplish them!
I've always wanted to try to get my poetry published but I stopped trying a while ago and mostly focused on my novels. I'd like to actually do something with the poems I've written at some point.

Gwen Gardner said...

A writer's refuge sounds awesome! You have some nice goals. Remember to be gentle with yourself. You deserve it.

Have a wonderful 4th of July!

M.J. Fifield said...

It's awesome that you've made progress on all of your ultimate writing goals. I especially love the idea of the writer's refuge. :)

I'd also like to publish some of my poetry someday. I don't know when or how yet, but it's on the list.

Erika Beebe said...

I love how you know you'll never stop writing. How much it helps. I wish you every success Tyrean :)

Tamara Narayan said...

It's great that your goals include helping other writers. I would love to be on a bestseller list too someday.

Tonja Drecker said...

Wow! Those are big goals. But if we don't dream big, then we don't have to fly as high either.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Tyrean - brilliant about your doctor ...but also about your goals - you go girl and you'll have achieved so so much - good luck - cheers Hilary

Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad you are able to maintain your writing and allow it to change with your health challenges. You've got lots of goals. Good luck with them all.

Cathrina Constantine said...

I understand where you're coming from. A writer has to write, no matter what. At times I've thought of throwing in the towel. It's hard. Time consuming. Doesn't pay well, and I don't like marketing. But then, it's the writing I enjoy. To have a story come alive. To leave this reality and spend time in another.

Keeping you in my prayers, Tyrean. Health issues are the worst. Stay Strong!

Happy 4th.

Lynda R Young said...

That's quite a few goals you have there. All good. Best wishes for achieving all of them.

Elizabeth said...

Those are some HUGE goals! It's great that you've made progress on them, and are able to help other writers. You've done well with the IWSG Instagram. I've enjoyed occasionally participating in the challenges, and seeing the things that inspire other writers.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I loved your HUGE writing goals, fingers crossed that you achieve them.

Michelle Wallace said...

250,000 words of rough draft material? WOW!!
You have such an interesting set of goals. I know you'll accomplish them because you write EVERY DAY.

Nicki Elson said...

Wow, Tyrean - you have amazing goals and have made such heady progress toward them, even with your health issues. I'm glad you've held onto your writing through everything. How fun that your doctor's looking up your books.

Happy 4th!

Raimey Gallant said...

250 what????? "...but I've felt so held back by my health that the passionate cry for writing in my soul just wouldn't shut up" These words really spoke to me. I'm rooting for you!

Juneta Key said...

Impressive goals and words written. I hope your health is improving and you are feeling much better.

Chrys Fey said...

My depression has told e to stop writing, to just give up on publishing, but that writing spark, as you said, just won't die. I hope it never does for either of us. :)

Nick Wilford said...

Those are some amazing goals, especially starting your own press and writing retreat. I love that you're so passionate about helping other writers. Hope you get to tick off as many goals as you can!