Tuesday, July 3, 2018

#IWSG Ultimate Writing Goals

July 3 question - What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)? 

The awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are Nicki Elson, Juneta Key, Tamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne!

I’ve been on a long and rather complete break from writing this summer. I’ve rarely written so much as a grocery list, choosing rather to express my creativity through other media. 

This is a panorama wherein I failed several times to align the arrow with the line. It still captures the chaos of my crafting quite nicely, even if it made the furniture look pretty weird.

The hot glue, glitter, and cardboard forms of expression dominated our dining room for over a month. All of this stuff was eventually transported to our church where it served as the set for Time Machine VBS. It was the 70th summer our church has hosted vacation bible school. Something about all of that history really inspired me.

So now, I've achieved the post-VBS phase of my summer. I got rid of as much as 95% of the glitter spilled during the decorating of the time machine. I did laundry and emptied the dishwasher. I performed a round of organic dandelion removal. And I figure it's time to attend to the work in progress...

...Right after I finish this blog post. See how advanced my procrastination skills have become?

Anyway, the "ultimate writing goals" are constantly changing. After publishing my first novel (No Room for Hondo - see the sidebar), I figured that was all I ever needed to do. I was a writer. A non-zero amount of people read my work. Some of them even liked it.

Job done.

The bit no one told me is that publishing one book would make the occasional person want more. "Are you writing anything now?" and "Are you going to publish another book?" are frequent conversation starters among my family and friend. (Friend is singular on purpose.)

Social support (if that's what this is) paired with an idea (I have one) is really all the motivation I need to give it another go. Check back in 5-7 years for the unveiling of fiction book #2.

Just like that, the Ultimate Writing Goal went from achieved to a glimmer on the horizon. This is good. I'm way too young to retire.

In other writing news, you can find me and my books at the Beaver County Book Fest in September. I'm so excited!