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This month's IWSG Reflective Question:
In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?
My five year plan began in January 2014, and the end goal is to make a living from my fiction writing by the time I’m 50 years old – the timing works out perfectly (with a couple of months leeway).
In order to achieve that goal, I haven’t set a rigid schedule but rather a plan of action – I am constantly asking myself, what do I need to do in order to achieve my goal? Here are some of the things I’ve done so far:
- Completed two reputable writing courses – met a fantastic tutor who is now a life-long friend
- Attended and completed a residential writing course at Chez Castillon in France
- Created a writing blog
- Read lots of books – fiction and non-fiction
- Participated in online writing webinars, with Joanna Penn, Anne Rainbow, Nick Stephenson, and others
- Subscribed to writing magazines to keep up-to-date with what’s going on
- Attended Chipping Norton Literary Festival 2014 – networking with other authors
- Attended Frankfurt Book Fair 2015
- Participated in the subscribers sections of the writing magazines – letters published
- Written a crime novel – to be published 2017
- Found a lovely editor for my novel – almost finished with the rewrites
- Written short stories for competitions – some level of success
- Written short stories for the UK women magazine market – nothing published yet
- Self-published a book of short stories – July 2016 on Amazon
- Made some amazing writing friends
- Researched marketing and how to market a book effectively – this is an ongoing process
The journey is challenging – but anything worth having usually is. Not only am I learning a lot about the craft and self-publishing but also about the necessary emotional skills needed to succeed in the writing world (those dreaded rejections).
Do I believe I will achieve my goal? Yes, I do – if I continue to learn, progress and work hard. The great thing is, whenever my confidence falters, I can rely on my extended family and writing friends for encouragement – and I hope I inspire others in return.
Have you participated in webinars? Did you find them useful? Do you enjoy going to literary festivals/book fairs? How do you keep yourself up-to-date with what’s going on in the writing world?
Wishing you all a super festive month and happy writing!