Is this book the one? - Show Notes

Introduction

Is this book the one? The one that gets you the book deal? The one that gets you the bigger advance? The one that makes record sales? It might be! It could be, if you ever get it finished.

You want big things for your work in progress but every time you sit down to write, you question whether it will actually happen. Is it marketable? Will anyone actually want to read this?

Whether you want to be a best-selling author or share your writing only with family and friends, it’s important to have a plan and know where you want your writing to take you.

You know this novel is the one that will lead to your big breakthrough but every time you sit down to write you feel like you’re not good enough. Like someone is going to find out you’re a fraud and take your dream away. The rejection and self-doubt can be enough to make anyone give up before they’ve even started.

Having an end goal in mind can help keep you focused and motivated, but it can also trip you up.

Aspirations are goals or dreams that a person has for their writing. They can be anything from wanting to see your work published in a magazine, to becoming a best-selling author. Whatever your aspirations may be, it’s important to keep them in mind as you write. They help you stay motivated and focused on your goals.

Everyone aspires to something different. 

1) To see your work published in a magazine or other publication. 

2) To make a living from your writing through self-publishing. 

3) To have your book published by a big publishing house. 

4) To share your writing with family and friends

5) For yourself

Where do you see yourself? Where do you want your writing to take you? What is your end goal?

Don’t be afraid to set your own aspiration.

You don’t have to want the same thing that I want, or your writing friends want. Your writing path is yours and yours alone.

Don’t be afraid to dream big. When you know what you want, where you want to go, you can map out how you want to get there, the actions you need to take, the daily goals you need to set.

Do these aspirations and goals work for the nitty gritty, writing daily, aside from the big picture? Absolutely.

At the beginning of a new novel – Where do you see this novel? Genre, style you like? What will you learn from writing this story? How can you grow as a writer? Is there some element of writing you want to emulate or practice? Of a writer you admire?

At the start of each writing session – The same questions for each scene, each writing session, what will you learn while writing this scene? Just want to pound out the words? Great! Challenge yourself to write more, write faster. That is a goal, an aspiration too, to be able to write 1000 or 2000 words a day, or whatever your goal is.

Pivoting

Here’s where people get stuck. They stick too closely to that end goal, the one single path. The beauty of writing in this day and age, is that we can pivot if we need to.

Writing and publishing doesn’t always go the way we want it to. 

We cannot control the opinions of agents and editors and the desires of the reading public. You may find that one publishing avenue doesn’t work for you. There are other paths to try. 

Don’t be afraid to dream big. Take the actions that will get you there. Pivot if you need to. Just know that if you keep writing, keep growing as a writer, you will find the path that works for you. 

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To Recap

Whether you’re sitting down to write for the first time ever or the first time today, allow yourself to dream big. Set yourself goals and aspirations that are perfect for you, not what anyone else wants. Keep these goals in mind, for your writing life in general, for each book and story you write, and for each writing session. Don’t be afraid to change your goals and aspirations too. The publishing industry changes, so do our lives, our wants, likes and interests. The most wonderful thing about writing right now, is that we always have options and we have the freedom to choose and change as we need to.

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Until next time…

Happy Writing!

 

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