This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. My awesome co-hosts today are Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford,Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield!
December Question: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?
I am writing since I was in school. I have written a full 30-50,000 word children’s novel in the 8th grade. When I used to talk about becoming a writer, my Dad used to get very apprehensive. He appreciates my writing skills, but has two arguments – 1) I don’t write exceptionally well (read – I drag my narration OR I am too artsy – whatever it means) 2) He thought me turning a writer would mean I would not care about my finances and become the typical jhola-khadi stereotype most Indians thought (10 years ago) writers were.
For some reason, I have not bloomed as a full-fledged writer yet. I have set out to write a novel since 2010 and never completed any of the 3 plots I had in mind.
This question gives me a chance to structure my goals and the efforts towards reaching them.
In the next 5 years,
- I see myself as a regular short story, flash fiction and poetry writer.
- I would have written 1 non-fiction book.
- I would have written 1 80000 word fiction book, published by a reputed publishing house.
- Writing would fetch me a decent income, despite the popular opinion that writing doesn’t fetch significant money.
- I would have reached an efficiency level where writing daily at a fixed time would be an inseparable part of my routine.
Humble, achievable goals; in tandem with my overall goals for 2017.
How would you answer this question? Would love to hear!