"What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?"
They've had to change! When I started writing, 16 years ago, I didn't have any aims at all. It was just something to do. Then after a year or so I decided I wanted to get a story published in a magazine. I've achieved that (several hundred times over). Then I decided I wanted to win a competition, which I did. The next plan was to write a novel and when I'd managed that it shifted to having one published.
Escape To The Country was first published in 2012 as the result of my winning a novel writing competition. (The picture is of me doing a booksigning in Waterstones) The publishers went out of business, by which time my goals had shifted again and I self published it. Now I have five novels and twelve short story collections available (mostly self published).
My next goal was to write an article. I've done that too, actually more than one, on different subjects but mostly about writing, and co-authored From Story Idea to Reader - an accessible guide to writing fiction.
Workshops form part of my current ultimate goal. It's a long term project, but I've delivered a few already, and am booked up to do more this coming winter, such as this one in Devon.
Gosh that sounds like an awful lot of bragging! Maybe it actually is, but there's a point to it. If you set yourself goals, and you work towards them, then you stand a chance of achieving them.
If you'd like to have something published in a women's magazine, then visit the womagwriter blog. It has all the guidelines you need to submit, plus news and tips. If competitions are more your thing, keep an eye on this blog as I regularly post details of free to enter competitions, many with cash prizes.
The opening question to this post is courtesy of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Do join up if you're an insecure writer (it might not look that way, but actually we all are at least some of the time).
The first Wednesday of the month has always been IWSG day. I've been doing it for years and it's always a Wednesday. This month it's Tuesday.
What are they trying to do to me? That kind of thing could make a girl insecure! (Apparently it's because there's some sort of party going on in the USA. Makes sense as a lot of members are American. I'm British, so ummm *tactful silence*).
Do you have writing goals? Have you achieved any of them?