Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Shifting goals – and a touch of insecurity

"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? 

30 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Look at all those books - and they are all yours.
Keep after those workshops.

Crystal Collier said...

I love how your goals have evolved and you've followed through with each one. Way to go!

Teresa Ashby said...

You're an inspiration, Patsy!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Love your evolving as an author, Patsy, and I'm sure you still have plenty more to come!

emaginette said...

Achieving goals. There is nothing better than that. ;-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Mark Noce said...

Sounds like your goals have been moving in a nice progression:) Keep up the good work:)

E. A. Fournier said...

Goals are what keep us on track. You're not bragging, you're answering this month's question. I'm proud of all the good work you've done.

Lee Lowery said...

'Tactful silence'. Love it! Yes, we'll be having a little party tomorrow in the US. But I still appreciate my own English and Scottish roots. As to your own achievements - not bragging, just reporting. And we are cheering you on!

Maria said...

You have worked very hard Patsy, and a change is as good as a rest I say, so keep coming up with new ideas and keep taking the twist in the road. You never know where it will lead you. Well done.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Goals are important to help us keep our focus and there is no satisfaction like the satisfaction we get when we achieve them.

Nick Wilford said...

You've achieved such a lot in 16 years. Goes to show what hard work can do - and there's no ultimate goal because there's always another one!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy - well said ... clever girl and I'm so pleased for you ... it's excellent - and also the ideas and tips you give us - cheers Hilary

Nicki Elson said...

Your goals keep piling up - because you keep achieving them. Congrats!

Michelle Wallace said...

All those books are yours? Congrats, Patsy!
I join you in the moment of *tactful silence*...

Patsy said...

Will do, Alex!

Patsy said...

I kept quiet about a few things which didn't go quite to plan!

Patsy said...

That means a lot coming from you – when I first started writing you were my inspiration.

Patsy said...

Can't imagine stopping now, Rosemary.

Patsy said...

As long as we have good goals, I agree.

Patsy said...

I'll do my best, Mark.

Patsy said...

I am bragging a little bit ;-)

Patsy said...

I hope you enjoyed your party!

Patsy said...

I don't mind where the road leads, as long as there's somewhere flattish to park the campervan when we get there!

Patsy said...

You're right, Rachna.

Patsy said...

You're right – no ultimate goal, just the next thing. I kind of like it that way.

Patsy said...

Thank you, Hilary.

Patsy said...

It is a good reason for needing new ones.

Patsy said...

Tactful - that's us!

susanjanejones said...

I always wanted to be a pocket novelist and My Weekly was my preferred magazine, so for me I've achieved my writing goal and I'm really proud. Now I want to keep on doing that and also have a go at a longer novel. Maybe one day I may run a workshop, but it's not on my immediate list of things to do. Promoting my writing is high on my list of things to do.

Patsy said...

And you're doing a brilliant job of that promotion!