Jul 04 2018

IWSG July 2018 Goal Question

Insecure Writers Support Group
IWSG question for the month

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

I’ve been taking part in a monthly goal blog hop, which posts on the last Friday of every month, since Feb 28, 2014. Thanks to that, I can answer this question in a fairly organized manner.

Got Goals Bloghop

Current Goals:


  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)

Current Writing End Goals

From the End Goals of an Author post.

  • Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Find a way (emotionally, mentally) to complete the high fantasy short story.
  • Redo the longer version of the tribal story, then self-publish it in 2018.

2018 Resolution:


  • This year I resolve to be more engaged in my online writing community by regularly commenting on fellow writers blogs every month, leaving book reviews, and publishing another book.

2018 Goals:

  • Publish a book
  • Enter 3 writing contests –One down

Goals for July 2018:

From the Goals Feb 2014 post:


Publish two decent-selling book series

2014 Goals:

  • Have 5000 Twitter followers At 8,097 today.

Goals for March 2014:

  • Rewrite query I did that several times.
  • Change setting in Fraction of Existence to see if it strengthens the story It didn’t, so that draft died.
  • Work on the other fantasy book series (started during NaNoWriMo) Still working on this.

From the Feedback on me PART 2 post written in 2013, where I created a vague timeline to show my goals. (I’m no longer as attached to the idea of my Snookums and I adopting a child. And I’m doubtful that Entertainment Weekly is going to come a calling. I also have a goal to make it to 75 instead of 73… stay tuned.)
The mark for “present” was June 2013, and Fractions of Existence published in Sept 2017.

image of life and writing Timeline @JLenniDorner

It is okay to disregard a goal that is no longer important to you.

Here’s the oldest blog post of mine I can find where I mention goals: G is for Goal #AtoZChallenge 2012.

“to have my book series represented by an agent who will get it published and then celebrate with me when the books appear on the New York Times best-seller list”
After realizing that my Urban Fantasy doesn’t use most of the currently most popular featured items, I gave up trying to land an agent and self-published. It’s much more difficult for an indie author to reach the number of people, in a short time, to land on the NYT best-seller list.

The other goals I listed:

  1. To get 300 signers on the what-are-they.com guestbook. 129 signed
  2. To complete this A to Z blog challenge. Did that in 2012!
  3. To get 1000 likes on my Facebook fan page Total Page Likes as of Today: 1,386
  4. To get an agent. Gave up this goal.
  5. To finish writing book two. Still working on this.

So I still have the goals of writing, and keeping up with the blogging and social media that goes along with it. But I’ve since embraced being an indie author, and changed my life goals.


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  1. You’re so organised! I couldn’t find any of my older goals, but I do remember the delusions of grandeur (I bought a special dress for when Oprah comes calling, my debut novel being her book of the month for her book club. LOL).
    Embracing being an indie author has changed my life, too.
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    1. More like I’m really good at using the search function on my blog. 😉 LOL.
      I wonder who the Urban Fantasy equivalent of Oprah is? Stan Lee shows up and asks to create a graphic novel series to go with the books? Maybe Kevin Smith?
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    • Misha on July 4, 2018 at 11:59 AM

    Wow it’s almost crazy to think how long we’ve been doing the bloghop. 😀
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    1. Right? I didn’t even realize until this prompt had me searching.
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  2. The Indie movement seems to be growing. More authors are taking complete control of their writing careers and there are many success stories.
    It’s really inspiring to those contemplating the indie path. 🙂
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    1. I agree. It’s a scary and lonely road. It’s hard work. But it’s worth it.
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  3. So many authors are choosing self-subbing or small press and I think it makes the publishing world more exciting!
    I tend to think in next steps instead of goals, but I like looking back to see how things have changed!
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    1. I either had to take out most of the elements that made my story, basically erasing the whole Lenni-Lenape story of a Native American mythology that coincides with other mythologies and instead put in a detective who hunts mythic characters— OR — self-publish. Once I really figured that out, once I really studied the elements of Urban Fantasy that the “big 5” are willing to put out there, and knew I had an urban fantasy book without those things, I knew I was going to have to go on my own. I had two agents tell me that it wasn’t possible that I had something different. I had ten beta readers tell me that I do have something different. (One who is a heavy online fantasy gamer and said, “Dude, it’s like god-modding, but it in a good way that works. Freakin sweet.” If I could have found a lit agent who hangs in MMORPGs and was pals with a publisher who also was into RPG, it would have been different. But, as it was, I lost agents because “the ‘love-interest’ doesn’t appear early enough in the story.” (She does, actually, though that’s a really diminished way to describe her role. But trying to explain why people have different names in games was too much information for a query, and leaving it out made it seem like I screwed up the opening.)

      So it was just the obvious route for me. I’ve seen a lot of great works come from indies and small presses. Evernight, for example, puts out a lot of cool books. It is much more thrilling to be out there going for it.

      Thanks for stopping in! 🙂
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    • Anna on July 4, 2018 at 6:29 PM

    Looks like you’re going places my friend. 🙂

    1. I’m certainly trying to.
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  4. I hadn’t heard of that blog hop before. I’ll have to look into it since I like to blog about my goals.
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    1. It’s pretty amazing. We’re a small, but supportive group.
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  5. It’s so interesting to look back at goals you set in the past. I’m fascinated by your timeline and how long you think you’ll live. I think it’s so important to realize it’s okay to let go of goals that are no longer relevant.
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    1. I feel it’s smart to guess and set a goal to live to a reasonable age. Then I can think about how much I can reasonably get done in that amount of time. If I live longer and am still healthy in mind, body, and spirit, great. If not, at least I hopefully have made good use of the time given, eh?
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  6. Aim high on goals. Go long on deadlines. (As long as they’ll allow.)
    Life likes to surprise you.
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    1. True, true.
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