As an author, I’ve been asked many times, “What makes you want to write?” Hmmm . . . good question! I’m pretty sure most authors write first and foremost because they feel a story bubbling beneath the surface. Often, following an encounter (or a memory resurfacing), a character takes shape, along with the roots of a setting and plot. We water and feed this precious seedling, sitting at the computer as we watch our story grow. This passion is similar to a professional athlete, who plies the track or the ski hills, in all weather, taking risks and spending time and money, pursuing something they love. Writing is the same. It’s tremendously hard and often singly focused. The rewards, though infrequent and hard to obtain, are wonderful, serving to reinforce that what we’re doing is worth it.
Authors set their individual goals and I had mine set from Day One. Here are my past, present and future goals with regards to writing:
- Get published.
- Become a finalist or win an award.
- Join a professional writers’ group.
- Attend a writer/reader conference.
What’s that you say? What about #’s 5 and 6? Well, some things are meant to be kept secret!
My list of goals may look similar to yours, or somewhat different. What’s important to note is my journey has been long, in accordance with most authors I know. Any amount of success or recognition with writing does not typically happen overnight. But most authors I know write not for the recognition as much as they do for the sheer necessity of putting stories to paper.
Goal #1 was finally reached after a long journey (literally and figuratively) and a year of submissions. My first manuscript took over a year to write and that moment when Soul Mate Publishing notified me that my manuscript had been accepted was like falling over a cliff into a dream world. Those of us who have achieved this realize the degree of determination and hard work involved.
Goal #2 has been a dream come true. One of my books (Hands Full Of Ashes) made it as a finalist in the 2016 TRR Readers’ Choice Awards and my time travel romance, A Time For Love In Paris, is a finalist in the 2017 RONE Awards. My novella, The Snow Bird (included in the anthology Sizzle In The Snow: A Soul Mate Christmas Collection), became a Night Owl Review Top Pick and a lucky member of Amazon Canada’s Top 100 Anthologies.
Goal #3 occurred when I decided to apply to be a member of the RWA.
Goal #4 will become reality this Fall when I venture to Burbank, California to attend the 2017 RONE Awards. Down the road, I hope to attend more conferences.
Goals #5 and 6? Who knows. I’m still waiting . . . and writing!
Writing has been evolutionary for me, and over time, I’ve learned a tremendous amount from the editors (and fellow authors) at Soul Mate Publishing. It’s true what they say, ‘a good editor is worth their weight in gold’.
As I continue to strive for my goals, I hope you reach your goals with writing, and know that with hard work and determination, you’ll eventually succeed.