"In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?" That's this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group question.
I'm going to answer by going back in time to when I first learned I might be offered a redundancy package from my last job. At the time I thought very carefully about the future and decided I wanted to write full-time.
I felt that with more writing time I probably could sell more stories to magazines, but knew that alone wouldn't be enough. I'd need to sell articles and books too. Again I was confident about the writing part, but less sure I'd find buyers. I took the risk.
Back then I'd had one novel and around 200 stories published, plus won a few competitions, in the ten years I'd been writing. That was four years ago.
Now my story sales are more than double that, I've sold numerous articles on writing, won or been placed in competitions and published three more novels, four story collections and co-authored a book on writing. I am a full-time writer.
Mostly I'm telling you all this to brag and hopefully convince you to buy the book. But partly it's to prove that if we know what we hope to achieve, work out how we might get there and then work hard to make it a reality, there is the possibility of success.
Back to the original question - "In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?"