emotions · personal · writing

What are your writing goals?

I have a goal of writing 10 books by the age of 30. That means I have to publish 6 more in the next 30 months, or a new book every 5 months. At the moment I have The Things We Do in its ?fourth? draft (strangely I haven’t been keeping that much of a record). The first draft of Jump Start is done, I’m halfway through two more novellas (Beyond this Little Moon of Ours and yet-to-be-titled novella) and I have a few other incomplete dormant stories sleeping on my USB.

I’m not one to be motivated by self-imposed deadlines. In fact, I freeze up in fear and have a miniature freakout, despite having gone through university and gotten me a BA and Postgrad Diploma. I like to go my own pace and that pace can be all over the place. Nothing for days and then a few thousand words in one sitting.

What I have is what I now consider a short-term goal (I know, I now consider myself getting old). I’m just starting to get into my groove writing and when I hit thirty I do not know what to expect. I hope I will have reached my goal. I’m certainly going to aim for it. But I wonder how much of my life will be the same or different.

What about you? What are your short and long-term writing goals?

advice · editing · emotions · personal · writing

Writing for yourself

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I have a degree in creative writing and a post-graduate degree in editing and communication, but I’m not using it be a freelance editor. In fact, I’m only using it for myself. I didn’t spend all that time investing in myself to waste my time on others. Selfish? Yes. But I already have a job that gives me a decent supply of money. And from what I’ve heard, freelancing is risky. I’d rather spend my free time on working on my own things. My books are not going to write themselves.