Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Five-Year Engagement (An IWSG Post)

All right, so I'm totally late in getting this posted, and getting around to check out other posts, but we've been having some internet issues (Thanks, company that sounds like a Bond villain organization! Coincidence? I think not...) so my replies and visits may be sporadic at best, but I will manage it eventually! I hope.

Now on with the actual post!


Hello, all!

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, founded by our fearless leader, the ninja captain himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

(I'm assuming that by now y'all know what the IWSG is, but if you don't and would like more information, or a complete list of participants, please click on the link...)

This month's co-hosts are: Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and M.J. Fifield.

Wait...that's me!

This month's question asks: 

In terms of your writing career, where you do see yourself five years from now, and what's your plan to get there?


Where I Will Probably Be In Five Years:

Still editing Second Nature, swearing that each edit will be the last.




What I Want To Have Done In Five Years:

—Released Second Nature into the wild
—Released Full Circle (Book Three in my fantasy series) into the wild
—Released a book of sarcastic haiku into the wild
—Figured out how to use Scrivener (Just kidding...I want to keep these goals realistic.)

The closest I could get to a
book release gif.
It works, I think.


My Plan To Get There:

Hard work. Dedication. Shirk all other responsibilities. Give up sleep entirely. Chain myself to my desk. Cherry Dr. Pepper (I don't drink coffee) in an IV...Yeah, I don't really have a plan beyond getting up every morning and keeping at it and not giving up. Oh, and this:





What about you? What's your five-year writing plan?


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  1. It sounds like you have a solid plan there! Good luck with everything!

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    1. Oh yes, I am universally well known for having solid plans. (pauses for laughter...)

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  2. That's a solid plan!
    I'm LOVE the idea of a book of sarcastic haiku...sounds like a great project! I love haikus.
    Thanks for co-hosting the IWSG this month!
    Writer In Transit

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    1. I'm excited about the haiku book. I really want to get it out of the planning phrase and into the actually happening phase one of these days.

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  3. If you have to make it work, then I have to make it work! It's the law!

    Best of luck to both of us!
    Thanks for co-hosting!

    Heather

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  4. I'm making a request. I want to share your post, but you're not making it easy on me. There are no cute little buttons near the Posted By section. You know, like the Twitter button or the FaceySpace button. Can you make this happen, please? I know you can.
    :)
    Heather

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    1. I'll see what I can do. Hold on...

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    2. Well done!
      I have now tweeted!
      Thank you!
      Heather
      :)

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  5. If you figure Scrivener out, please let me know.

    Tim Gunn is my motivationally guru. :)

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    1. I most certainly will.

      And isn't Tim Gunn everyone's motivational guru? :)

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  6. No, no, no. You won't still be editing Second Nature. Say it with me..."I won't be editing Second Nature." Did you believe it? Dang it, you were supposed to believe it! :P I have faith in you, MJ. You'll slay this manuscript beast next year. Yup, you will. I've already written it into the stars. ;)

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    1. Yeah, no...I didn't believe it. I'll have to work on that and try again later. :)

      Thanks for the vote of confidence. It's much appreciated!

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  7. I just go with the flow. ANd you're not the only one late posting. I'll be posting . I'll be posting mine on Thursday after I hear what the doctor has to say about my broken humerus. I am 12 weeks in.

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    1. Ugh. Hope you get some good news, Shelly! You certainly deserve it!

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  8. I will chain myself to a coffee pot, then the desk. I'm so that way with editing. Just one more read through. Good heavens. Let it go already:) Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. I really am trying to let it go. I've been spending more and more time thinking about the next book, so I'm hoping that's a sign that I'm finally moving in the right direction. :)

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  9. Well done--and love the sense of humor about what too often seems an impossible task (getting published). thanks for the light start to my day.

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  10. I also like the idea of setting multiple goals. That way, you don't set yourself up for failure if you at least achieve some of them.

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    1. I set myself multiple goals every year, and usually one of them is super easy (like, 'eat more donuts') just so I can feel like I accomplished something on occasion. :)

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  11. Great goals. Get those books out there! Glad you're co-hosting this month. Great job!

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  12. Plan your work, work your plan. Yeah, who can figure Scrivner out. Delete that one.

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    1. Yeah, that goal was a joke. I'll never figure that thing out. I have friends, though, who swear by it.

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  13. Thanks for the chuckle. I wish you much luck with all your writing endeavors. Thank you also for hosting this month

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  14. Hey, I have no idea how to use Scrivener, so you are way ahead of me.
    Cherry Dr. Pepper. That's a difficult flavor to find.

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    1. I suppose that's one good thing about living in the South...Cherry Dr. Pepper is much easier to find.

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  15. I think I need to chain myself to my desk, too.
    Plus, I don't know how to use Scrivener either - definitely didn't put that on my goals - which are, of course, completely unrealistic as always. :)

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    1. I was mostly joking about the Scrivener thing. I did say that I would make a serious attempt to learn how to use it when I started my next book, but I don't really see myself following through with that.

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  16. I love your description of releasing books into the wild :-) I use Scrivener, but I have a feeling I'm just using it on a surface level and that there's a lot more that I could do with it. Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. The few times I've used it, I know I'm just scratching the surface. I'm just afraid that the learning curve for me with that will not be worth the time involved.

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  17. I like the sound of the sarcastic haiku, so I'm wishing you lots of luck with that project.

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  18. Lol - on this set of edits being the last - been there.

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  19. Sounds like a good plan, except you probably still need sleep. ;)

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  20. I think if I just get my next big book out in the next five years, I'll be happy. And I love your gifs. Yes, that book release one is fitting.

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    1. I wasn't disappointed with those search results. :)

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  21. You had me at sarcastic haiku! That sounds awesome.

    I've got a huge three-year plan to be a self-sustaining fiction writer. I guess I'll figure out the other two years when I see how the first three shape up. :)

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    1. I personally find it to be awesome, but I'm pretty biased. :)

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  22. I think reality will be somewhere between your two extremes. And putting one foot in front of the other (figuratively speaking) is the only way to get it done. Love the book throwing gif.

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    1. I'll be thrilled if reality is somewhere in between. Well, in the moment, I'll be irritated that I didn't accomplish more, but later on I'll be thrilled to have gotten that far. :)

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  23. I'm really enjoying Scrivener so far! It's helping with my terrible organization skills.
    Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. I've played around with Scrivener a few times and always end up thinking that I like my current storyboards better. (But I like everything I'm already familiar with better than anything new.)

      Happy it's working for you. I have a couple of friends who swear by it.

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  24. A book of sarcastic haiku sounds pretty awesome. Keep at it, MJ!

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  25. This is my first time here. I've joined your blog. I don't have Scrivener and need to decide if it is necessary for me. Setting reasonable goals help keep me sane… I think. Here's to publishing in 2017! Have a wonderful holiday!

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    1. I picked up a copy of Scrivener cheap after a NaNoWriMo win (there was a coupon) to play around with, and to see how I liked it. I don't think I'll end up using it with any regularity, but again, I have friends who love it to death. To each their own.

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  26. Love the Make It Work gif! I think your plan to keep at it is perfect.

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    1. It was either that, or watch a lot of Netflix, so... ;)

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  27. I'm still trying to figure out how to make more time with less sleep. With modern technology sleep should be optional! Thanks for co-hosting! Nice to meet your pet blog. ;)
    Happy Holidays!
    Adrienne

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  28. I enjoy reading your blog. It satisfies most of the senses and improves my mood! :-) I am using Scrivener, but just to write in it for now. I still have no idea how to use all its features. Reading the tutorial has been on my list of things to do for months on end, as many other writing-related items. :-) I think writing always starts with the same action: sit down, open up the laptop and type. To what that leads, only time will tell! Good luck and thanks for co-hosting this month.

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  29. Love your goals. And the plan to make it happen is a total winner. I'm still smiling.

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  30. You have more of a plan than I do. I'm still trying to figure out what to eat. XD

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  31. Great Goals!

    My first books I edited them and revised them for a year, so much so, I hated them. Now I edit or make 3 drafts, and hope my editor can work with it.

    Thank you for co-hosting this month.

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  32. Some LOL excellent gifs for this one. And keeping at it and not giving up? That's an excellent plan for success. @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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  33. You'll sleep when you're dead, right?

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  34. I love your plan. Specific goals and a no b.s. plan to get there. Just write. Some other stuff has to go. That's what writer's do. Give. Up. Other. Stuff. Thanks for co-hosting today.

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  35. Thanks for co-hosting, MJ. Your plans sound very productive. I could seriously learn something from you. Good luck.

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  36. Your sense of humor was a delightful read as my day was coming to an end. With your spirit and drive, I'm sure you will accomplish your goals. And I do wish you extra luck figuring out how to use Scrivener. LOL Thank you for co-hosting IWSG.

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  37. Nice plan! I too have an editing disorder--I can't stop editing my novels! I've learned to let go of short stories by now, but novels are harder--there's so much more to edit! ;-) I wish you luck in your five year plan!

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  38. Good luck with the plan BUT remember to care for your teeth if you're overloading on sugary, carbonated drinks - even the non-cal stuff :) Great post, thank you.

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  39. You can totally learn Scrivener. But do you need to? Good luck with your goals!

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  40. Sarcastic haiku book?!?! Okay, I'm insisting you write and publish this long before the next 5 years is up.

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  41. Sounds like you have the right attitude to succeed. I haven't used Scrivener but I may get around to trying that someday.

    Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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  42. Thanks for co-hosting. Internet providers are all evil!
    Great goals, I've no doubt you'll achieve them. You've got the right attitude!

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  43. Scrivener and I reached an agreement. I won't swear at it, and it will leave me alone. I know, some people love it. Whatever works. Go for those goals. You can do it.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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  44. Do I really have to wait until 2021 to read my first sarcastic haiku?

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  45. I think you can totally achieve your goals. You are hardworking and you never give up, which is essential.

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  46. Sounds like a great plan and one that will work since it puts the power in your hands. Write with dedication.
    Happy Belated IWSG day, Cheering you on
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  47. LOL, giving up sleep is what I do to achieve my goals, too...usually with disastrous results. I don't really have any concrete plans for the next five years, but I do hope to at least finish Echo Effect, finally, and release a print version of it. Would like to premiere a new webcomic or two, too. Best of luck with your own goals for the next five years! That sarcastic haiku book sounds especially fun...

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