Goals – Do You Have Them? I DO!

I realized that it has been quite a while since I posted anything on here. I’m terribly sorry about that, life sometimes has a way of getting away from me.

So the latest challenge issued by the lovely Amanda is about goals. Goals for writing and for the blog, and dare I say even life.

I’m a strong believer in goals, they are what help keep us on track when life throws a few too many distractions at us or when it feels like we’re just spinning our wheels in a giant mud pit. They are also what helps us figure out where we’re headed and to see how far we have already come.

So, my goals….

1. Why do you have a blog? What do you want to accomplish with it?

Honestly, the purpose of this blog has changed slightly since I first started it. Initially, I started a blog in the hopes of promoting my writing and possibly boosting sales of my currently published works. As time has progressed though, it has become a platform for me to share short stories with others and a place to share my thoughts, and goals with the world.

2. Why do you write?

There are quite a few reasons for why I write.

The first answer is because I enjoy it, I enjoy creating new worlds and characters that I and others can relate to. I enjoy taking ideas from my head and putting them onto paper for others to enjoy as well.

I write as an outlet or an escape as well. I think this is a common answer for a lot of people who write, or really who do any form of art. It’s a way to explore the world, feelings, struggles, and even pain in a world that is safe. It’s safe because it’s a world that I as a writer create. I get to make up the worlds and decide how things play out in the end. Sometimes, though, even though I have complete control of my story, I still have to let things be painful and difficult for my characters and maybe even my readers and myself. It’s part of making it believable…something that touches a bit on reality too. As much as we want to avoid pain in life, sometimes it has to be there to help us appreciate or enjoy other parts of life just that much more.

So why do I write?

In a nutshell… because I need it, the stories are a part of who I am and through them, I have grown and learned and improved. Through them, I have had the joy of touching other lives and sharing the joy of a good story with countless others.

3. Where would you like to see yourself as a writer 5 years from now, 10 years from now…

I’ve never really planned on writing being my career or making me a millionaire. I know the likelihood of writing and selling the next bestseller are pretty slim, especially if you have things other than writing going on in your life.

So where does that leave me? Well here’s what I hope for….

I hope to have a few more stories published, whether through self-publishing, as part of an anthology or whatever. I hope that in 5 or 10 years I’m still able to create and share stories and characters that are interesting to others.

Given that I will be done with my Masters soon, I have another goal to add to this, since I will likely be writing non-fiction, history material, I hope that I can get at least a few of my papers published to journals, or maybe even a book published and available to the public.

Curious about the goals of the other writers doing these challenges? Check them out: 

Haven of Chaos

Writing Kennel

Flying Kitty Studio 

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Blog Challenge #3: Advice

Challenge:

So… for your challenge today, I want you to write a post giving your very, very best writing advice. Pretend you’re speaking to the writers of tomorrow or your younger self… or whatever you need to do. Put a lot of thought into it, and make it more than a few sentences!

Giving unsolicited advice is not my usual thing, but since it has been requested by my quest giver, Amanda, I will do my best to play the sage.

As a writer, especially a new writer, you hear lots of different tidbits of advice, half of it seeming to contradict the other half. Even after publishing my short story and then the novella, I have heard advice from nearly all corners. Most of it was well-meaning and the intentions were to help me grow and improve as a writer.

Still, it can be hard to figure out which bits of the advice apply to you and which parts you should smile politely then chuck it when they aren’t looking. There is, however, one bit of advice that I am fairly certain all serious writers will agree with. And it’s a very simple piece of advice, you ready for it?

Here it is: READ.

Yes, read. I know that many will tell you to write every day or to write even when you don’t feel like it. Some will tell you to set a daily minimum and create a habit of it. All of this is great advice and certainly worthy of your consideration. However, I think that reading is where it all starts.

Read anything and everything you can get your hands on. Find out what you enjoy and what you don’t. Look, at what others write and how they write it. Find those truly terrible stories and consider why it is terrible. Find those masterpieces that have stood the test of time and look at them, really look at them and see what makes them such enduring stories.

As you can see it’s not just reading, but reading actively and thinking about what you read. The first step is to read, then to think. Every author has strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the craft. Yes, even those great authors whose names everyone knows. Steinbeck, Twain, Bronte, Dickens, and so many others. They were amazing, fantastic, masters of the written word, but they were not perfect.

By reading you will find that you are exposed to a wide range of topics and styles. Sometimes our style changes over time, this is not a bad thing. It just means that we are growing as writers. And growth is the goal, growth means that we are learning and improving. It means we are striving to reach our goals.

And it all starts with one very basic thing. Reading.

 

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Want more advice? Take a look at what other authors have to say:

Flying Kitty Studio 

Tales from Kenroth

Writing Kennel

Read.Listen.Nibble

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! You can find my stories under the pen name of Gianna Robbins. I write both short stories and novellas. Someday I hope to have a full-sized novel published as well. For now, I have 1 self-published novel on Amazon and 1 short story published in an anthology. My self-published novella is called Banshee Haunting. My short story can be found in Ruins Metropolis.

It is my goal in the next couple of years to publish at least one more novella. I took a short hiatus from writing not too long ago, but the break is over and I will once again create worlds and characters and hopefully take readers on an adventure in the not so distant future.

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