Wednesday, December 7, 2016

#IWSG - My 5-year Plan

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a once-monthly blog hop aimed at sharing our doubts and concerns, while encouraging one another with assistance and guidance. As the lighthouse image suggests, it’s a beacon in the dark and a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

September's IWSG Question: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what's your plan to get there?

Well, 5 years is a long time for a serial procrastinator, but I do have some definite plans. First up is to get my long-gestating novel published, regardless of how that happens. Right now I'm trying to woo a pair of agents. Should they choose to pass, I have a pair of smaller niche publishers in mind who I think will give it a good home. Should they not bite, then I will self-publish by the end of the spring.

The next step in my 5-year plan is to keep working on my darkly erotic short stories and start hitting the anthology open calls hard. I already have one that I'm writing for right now, and I'm going to keep that up as a means of honing my craft and enjoying the creative process. There's something inherently rewarding in seeing an idea come to fruition in days or even weeks, rather than taking years for a novel to to come into shape.

Last step in that plan is to get off my ass, stop obsessing over the finished novel I've been shopping around, and start writing the next one (which is fully planned and plotted out). That blank screen is always intimidating, but I know the story will flow once I get started. I just need to throw something down on the page and know that I can always edit the opening later.

So, 5 years from now I see myself having 2-3 novels published and my stories in at least a half dozen anthologies or collections. I'll stop thinking about writing and actually doing it.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the link. Seems like something I should check out.

    And best of luck to you with your writing goals in 2017.

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  2. Good for you Bob! I hope you are able to give it some woo and get on the road to being published!

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  3. You know what you have to do and that's half the battle!

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  4. Keep writing and you'll get there! Best of luck with your five-year plan!

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  5. Those are great goals! Sounds like you have it all figured out.

    Good luck!

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  6. I like your goals. It sounds like you have a great plan in mind. Good luck!

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  7. Gah, that blank page is terrifying sometimes, isn't it? But you've written one novel so you KNOW you can do it. At this point, it's about sitting down and forcing it out.

    Good luck!

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  8. Stop thinking about it and do it is such great advice for all of us. Good luck on your goals.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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