Wednesday, December 7, 2016

IWSG: Eyes On The Prize in 2017

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a community of writers who share ideas and encourage other writers. It's a great place to express doubts and concerns as well as offer and receive tribulations and guidance from other writers. IWSG posts the first Wednesday of every month. I think you'll find it to be a great writer's resource that's well worth your time. Be sure to stop by and visit with some of the other IWSG writers/bloggers at IWSG Members.

Many thanks to the co-hosts for December: Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield!



I can't believe I'm looking at 2016 in the rearview.  Never seen a year pass so fast.  It was a tough year on many levels, but one filled with blessings all the same.  Real life obligations demanded time I would have preferred to designate for writing, but hey - that's life, right?  

I'm taking a little time in December to file away any regrets I harbor about things I didn't accomplish in 2016.  I'm organizing and formulating my plan of action, then planting my feet on the floor, butt in the chair, fingers on the keyboard, and eyes on the prize in 2017.  Looking ahead at what I want to accomplish rather than behind at what can't be changed brings me to the IWSG Question of the Month.

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


This is a hard one for me . . . partly because where I see myself in five years in terms of my writing career is where I had hoped to be NOW, and the simple fact is I'm not there yet.  But - that's looking in the rearview - so with my eyes on the prize, I see myself with at least one book published in five years, hopefully two or more.  I see myself writing everyday, not sporadically.  I see myself making writing the priority in my life (after family) not something I do when time permits.  I see myself making this dream I've had all my life become my reality.  How?  I've made some progress on building my author platform, establishing a presence on social media and drawing readers to my blog.   Now, I think one of the most important things for me is to make writing The Priority and work on my follow through.  I could whine and say there's never enough time to do it all and that's true, there isn't. But, my plan is to keep my Eyes On The Prize . . . sometimes easier said than done, but that's the only way for me to turn dreams into reality. 

Where do you see yourself in terms of your writing career in five years?  Do you have a plan to move you toward that goal?


9 comments:

  1. The big picture of my last five year goal is one that I haven't reached yet, but there's no shame in pushing it back for the next five year goal. We'll both get there this time, Sandra. :)

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    1. Yes, we will! Thanks for the support and words of encouragement, Chrys.

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  2. I'm with you, this year has flown by. You have a great, positive attitude and with that, I think you'll be able to reach your goals.

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    1. I'm looking forward to the challenge, Elsie! Thanks for your kind comments and encouragement.

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  3. 2016 has definitely gone fast. I really admire your attitude - you're right, we can only move forward. Popping in as co-host for IWSG this month.

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    1. Thanks for stopping in Nick. And thank you for co-hosting this month. I'm spending a little time this month setting the stage for a more productive 2017.

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  4. Look to the future, work in the present, don't worry about the past! You'll get there. I want a book autographed by you on my shelf!!

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    1. You're always an inspiration, Nancy. I appreciate your encouragement to new writers and am in awe of your dedication to your craft. You will get that autographed book!

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  5. Keeping eyes on the prize is a great concept. It's hard to do that when life is happening all around you. I like the idea of filing away regrets.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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