Round 1 Check-in 1/13/19

courtesy Terri Smith ❤ Stormy

We talk a lot about goals here at the ROW80.  The whole concept of A Round of Words in 80 Days is based on them and ways to achieve them.  And, of course, since this being a writing challenge, the general assumption is that you joined the ROW80 because you want to be a writer…  that you might even want to become a published author.

But…  what if this isn’t the case?

What if this had once been a dream of yours and your dreams have changed?  Are you finding the steps along your path don’t match your vision of where you should be in this journey?

Did you maybe wonder if this wasn’t a good thing?  The world beyond our desks and stories (and hopefully in our stories too) changes constantly.  Why shouldn’t we change and move with it, adjusting our stances and positions to remain stable as we follow the trail before us toward that dream we’ve held?  When there’s a fork in the road ahead, do we just stop, do we turn around, or do we look at our options and choose what seems to be the best course and follow it?

Have you ever questioned your determination to be a writer or author?  Has the desire to create worlds and share your stories overruled your doubts or do you still struggle with this?  Has becoming a writer taken a greater or lesser place in your life plan?

Let us know in the comment thread below or on our FB page.  And have a great week! 🙂

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13 thoughts on “Round 1 Check-in 1/13/19

  1. I always wanted to write but everyone told me writing didn’t make money. Therefore, I went to college for something different. I wished I could go back and change my college application. Creative writing sounds better than Business Administration, and then Architecture.

    I tried being a writer full-time but I didn’t have the discipline to handle it and take care of everything else. I did published several stories but not enough to call it a successful career.

    Now that I’m back at work, after seven years staying at home, I feel more comfortable with my writing. I learned a lot during that time. And having to prioritize my time helps. I hope it goes better this time around.

    1. No bad thing to go through several different detours as a writer, Lila. These extraneous journeys and “cow trails” (as Shan and I call them) often provide the fuel for the stories themselves. Can’t paint vivid mental images of worlds without a sense of what it’s like to be in one….

  2. I am a writer, and have been since I was seven. It’s an intrinsic part of who I am.

    As for authoring – I guess, like many things, I see it a little differently than many people do. That’s really not my goal, although it is a step along the path to it.

    My goal is to share my words and worlds with others, and hopefully offer them something well worth their investment of time and money. It’s to create something of value, that only I can create, and offer it out into the world.

    The label I might or might not have when I do this is more or less irrelevant to me or to the process. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just for the things I write to end up in the hands of people who will find something of value to them there.

    Not sure if this exactly addresses the question, but, for me, it’s less a matter of determination, and more a matter of offering what I have to offer.

    1. As long as I’ve ever known you, Shan, writing and expressing yourself in a creative medium has been part of who you are. The reason I asked these questions is… our monthly RWA meeting talk was about goals and longterm passions and where they might diverge and coalesce. The topic refused to leave my mind while I tried planning this post. Seemed like something that never hurts to consider once in a while.

      1. Well, maybe not back when I was 4, so much…. =)

        It is a fascinating question, and a good topic for reflection, maybe especially early in a new year when people are geared toward examining their goals and choices. =)

  3. LOL I’ve questioned being a writer many times. Sometimes life gets too much in the way and I’m gone for months. But the characters always keep pestering me to tell their tales, and so far I’ve always come back. I did change my goals away from making a living by writing. Not that I wouldn’t happily take that kind of money, I just don’t want to put that kind of pressure on my writing. Now my goal is to get my (and DH’s) real estate investments returning enough money so that I can retire from the day job and write – and whatever money I make would be for extras.

  4. My Sunday check-in…

    I wish I’d been more productive this week, but it’s been topsy-turvy. The basics of writing every day, even if it’s just throwing out ideas for a story are working well enough. I handled a lot of the non-writing business that needed to be done (setting up appts with our realtor, bills, and finishing my research book before the due date). Even hosted a chess club on Monday…

    Still don’t feel like I’ve done much. The photos are lagging, the drawings are lagging… Those dreams I think I have… those definitely get some questioning during weeks like this.

    That said, the characters don’t seem to want to let go. We’re having fun “chatting” together. I’m not sure I’m in it for the money either. I just want to spend time with these cool characters in my head and hopefully find ways to let the rest of the world discover how nifty they are too.

  5. I have always been a writer, a storyteller, a dreamer, and though the intensity and intimacy has ebbed and flowed through the various seasons of life, it has been self-imposed limitations/self-doubt that has hindered my dreams more than anything. I believe we are truly writers when we can’t escape it, no matter what excuses we make or how far we try to run from it. Goals and expectations will change, but that small voice asking us to leave a part of ourselves on the page will always be there. I would still love to be published, but I’ve hit the point where I am only going to tell stories I want to read and I will embrace the process rather than just the end result.

    1. Embracing the process is key, Kellie. If you can’t find a way to enjoy the steps, it’s going to be a grueling journey. You’ve got the right idea

  6. I think I have pretty much always identified as a writer but I often question whether I really have the self-discipline needed to become an author. Plus, the things that go along with publishing, like marketing and rejections, are things I worry will be major barriers. Even self-publishing on amazon requires more than just writing the story. I don’t know. I want to write and be read. Positive or even neutral comments make me very happy. Seeing the number of views go up on stories I have posted on LitErotica makes me happy too. Being a published author is supposed to be the goal though, right? And being able to work less at a day job because I’m writing instead is definitely one of my dreams.

    1. I’m not sure being a publish author is the goal, Ginger. This is The Writing Challenge that knows you have a life, but people choose to write for many reasons. Some do it because the characters just won’t stop intruding in their daily lives; some write because they have an idea/story they need to share… Some write for therapeutic reasons (like journaling).

      I think there are as many “goals” in writing as there are reasons to write. Feedback, communication, sharing… those are great goals too. And yeah, it could be nice to make some money (there is a lot of validation in having someone want your work so much that they’ll pay you for it), but… there’s also something to be said for loving writing for itself and not twisting a passion to please market forces.

      This sort of decision is personal, however. No one here will judge WHY you write (or even when… we’ll support you if you need time off or more nudging fully).

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