It’s that time of the month again. Wait, that doesn’t sound right! What I mean is that it’s time to write an #IWSG post. (What’s that, you ask? Scroll down; I explain it there!)
IWSG Question of the Month
As for my writing insecurities this month, they tie right into the #IWSG question of the month, which is:
DECEMBER’S QUESTION: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?
With 2016 winding down, I’ve been looking back at the year, assessing where I hit the mark and where I dropped the ball. I haven’t sat down with pen and paper and really spelled it all out, but I definitely want a clear plan for 2017, a plan full of measurable goals.
But where do I want to my writing career to be in 2021? Wow! Seems so far away. Hmmm… You can’t tell from where you’re sitting, but I’ve been staring at my screen blankly for several minutes trying to answer that!
How do *you* look into the future? Any tips or tools?
I wish I had a crystal ball. Wait, I actually have a crystal ball as you can see in the photo above! I just don’t know how to use it. (And there’s a fun story behind how I got the crystal ball, but I’ll share that another day!)
Since I’m not clear on the best way to look ahead, I thought I’d look to the past. What was going on with my writing in 2011? Much has changed! For one thing, 5 years ago I hadn’t published any books. Since 2014, I’ve published 4 books and have several more on the way. Back in 2011, however, my main focus was writing for travel magazines. Publishing a book seemed like more of a pipe dream than a reality!
One thing I was doing 5 years ago, though, was attending writing conferences and voraciously studying various ways to make a living as a writer. I didn’t attend a writing conference in 2016, but the voracious study continues!
OK… So, I still don’t feel clear enough to lay out my grand 5 year plan in this post, but it is something I am going to work on this month. To accomplish this clarity, I’ve set aside 30 minutes of creative brainstorming time each night after I get my father-in-law tucked in bed.
What about you? Do you have any tips or tools that you use for planning ahead with your writing career? If so, let me know!
What is IWSG?
IWSG stands for “Insecure Writers Support Group.” It’s a monthly check-in for writers of all stripes. Its creator, Alex J. Cavanaugh, describes ISWG like this:
“Purpose of IWSG: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!” – Alex J. Cavanaugh
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