IWSG: Writing without a long-term plan

Hi there! Since New Year’s Day fell on a Wednesday, the January meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group got pushed back a week. Welcome everybody!

I’m actually feeling pretty secure about a lot of writing stuff right now. I got a story draft finished during the Christmas holidays, and I’ve been making some good progress on revising short stories. I’m even up to three Race Points!

However, after reviewing my progress on my 2013 creative goals, I’ve been procrastinating on picking my writing resolutions for the new year. I’ve just come from a great writing year, but some of the most amazing parts were things that I hadn’t planned or anticipated. Maybe the thing that’s tripping me up is that setting concrete goals seems to trivialize or minimize the value of that kind of serendipitous side-journey.

I’ll probably put some kind of 2014 goals down before long; as well as the crowd over at Stringing Words, a few of my Odyssey Team Ambitious friends have been sharing their lists. But right now I’ve set some targets for January and that’s as much looking forward as I’m ready to indulge in.


3 Responses to IWSG: Writing without a long-term plan

  1. Trisha says:

    Maybe monthly goals are the way to go! I’ve done something different this year as well – my goals are general, not just for 2014. So some of them are things I want to achieve this year, but the overall list is just of things to achieve … sometime.


  2. I cannot seem to finalize my goals either. For now I am just going to concentrate on writing.
    Happy New Year!


  3. Leanne Ross says:

    I’m with you. Keep moving forward (I think I am quoting Disney here) is fine. Chiseling something in stone means we may not reach as far as we could have. We might set our sights below the bar. Good luck with your January goals!
    Leanne ( http://readfaced.wordpress.com/ )


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