It’s a Living (Someday)

This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are Nicki Elson, Juneta Key, Tamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne!

This month we’re doing the IWSG posting a day early because tomorrow is the Fourth of July here in the U.S. A time for fireworks and grilling, and…well, just mostly blowing things up. It’s insanely hot here right now too, as we have our few annual weeks of summer. I’ll be working, but I sorta volunteered for it because it’s extra money and I didn’t have any plans anyway. I get more of a kick out of listening to everyone set off fireworks in my neighborhood all night long. What are your plans, if you’re celebrating?

I’m trying to work on a new book right now but life is kind of stressing me out, so my attention has been drawn away. That makes me anxious because I’ve submitted everything I have written already, so now–I gotta write something new! And as we all know, making new stuff is the longest, hardest part of the process. Sigh, when are we going to have the technology so I can just project things from my brain onto the screen, huh?

But hey, I had a new book out last week…and that’s an accomplishment! I’m happy and proud.

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

My ultimate writing goal is to make a living off writing. Not to be rich and famous necessarily (though I wouldn’t be unhappy if I was) but to make enough money off it to live comfortably. To not have to go to a day job and instead pay the bills with writing. That would be a dream–spending all day writing and making actual money off it! That’s why I write as much as I do and get anxious when I get stalled, because I know for that dream to ever come true I have to put in the work. Maybe someday I’ll have a bestseller and it will be easier.

I think this has always been my goal–when I was younger it was just to get published, now it’s to make a career out of getting published.

How about you?

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  1. I’m with you on the making a living dream, and may it come true! For 4th of July we usually take it easy and watch the city-sponsored fireworks. Shooting off anything bigger than a sparkler is illegal here, it’s so dry and wildfires are a real hazard, so we just watch the show the city puts on, and then sometimes watch the fire department scramble to put out hot spots from the city fireworks! lol

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  2. Great goals. I can’t wait for technology to catch up so we can have stories go straight from our brains to our screens 🙂 Yeah, I missed the whole posting one day early thing… Good luck with your new release!

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  3. Yeah, there’s certainly a difference between “being published” (something sites like Amazon and Smashwords make available for basically everyone with the time) and “making a career out of being published” (ahh, profits, the tough part). Keep working at it!

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  4. I’m sorry to hear you’ve been stressed but I’m excited about your recent release. As for me, if the book I released two years ago can pay my Netflix bill every month, I’m super happy. But it usually doesn’t. 🙂

    Elsie

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  5. You know, I’ve toyed with narration software–like Dragon Speaking Naturally. I think that’s a great alternative to sitting in front of a screen struggling to get words down. It’s almost like projecting your thoughts onto the page. Almost.

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    1. I’ve pondered speech-to-text programs before but I wonder how well they work and how well I could actually tell a story out loud. Hmmmm. Maybe I need to give it a try–I mean, it’s the best we have for now, right?

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  6. I would LOVE that technology that takes stories out of your head and puts them onto paper. They’re always great in my imagination, but lose something in the translation. A brain story transformation device would be wonderful.

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  7. If you had a book out last week, take a moment and be happy about that!! Some people have a little trouble when they rush from one thing to the next. Good luck and have a great time grilling and blowing some shit up! 😉😂

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