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The awesome co-hosts for the December 7 posting of the IWSG are; Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield!
Before I continue, (and because I know everyone is itching to know), Yes! I completed Na-no!
I rocked in on day 30 with just over 50,000 words of a novel.
That novel still isn’t finished and I need to crack back on with it today as I feel as if I’ve spent the last week catching up with the stuff I didn’t get done in November because I was concentrating on Na-no! (Hey ho, one step forward…)
But it was a great experience, and if you want to know more you’ll have to check out my last post as that probably said everything that needed to be said.
Meantime, it’s IWSG day, and this month’s question is; In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?
Ok, sitting comfortably? Then off we go.
First, let’s backtrack to five years ago. Back in 2011 my aim was probably ‘to be published’, and perhaps also subconsciously ‘to feel like a writer’.
I’ve done that now. I’ve had stories published on-line and in magazines. I’ve become a member of two ‘real-time’ writing groups as well as some on-line communities, and I’m a lot more comfortable talking to friends and family about my writing. It’s much easier to say ‘I write’. (Not quite there with calling myself ‘an author’ yet though).
I know I’m still on my journey. There’s a long way to go, but I’m more confident of the terrain.
In another five years? I’d like to be a published novelist. (And perhaps it’d be nice to be able to stand up and say, ‘My name is Angela and I’m an author’.)
Now, I could do this tomorrow. I have two novels written and another on the go. I could load them up onto KDP or whatever platform of my choice and send them out into the world.
But I won’t. Because they aren’t ready yet. I know they don’t need to be perfect (I could spend the rest of my life procrastinating if that were necessary). But I have to feel confident that they are as good as I can possibly make them, so that in a further five years I’m not cringing and wondering what on earth possessed me.
So, my plan?
Keep doing what I’m doing; writing, learning, growing (that’s growing my writerly presence, not my waistline!) I’m learning that it’s good to not have too fixed a plan, because things never work out quite like you expect, and it’s good to be flexible.
What about you? Where do you see yourself in five years?