Balancing Fiction and Non-Fiction

Goal setting, Inspirational, Writing
While I've been blogging for years, over the last year or so I've become more focused on non-fiction than ever before. This is not because I've found some new passion for it. It's because it's easier to get paid for non-fiction than it is to get paid for fiction, and I very much want to make a living. So I've shifted my focus to include more non-fiction. And I've actually gotten paid for a few articles, inspiring me to write more--after all, it's not like I'm getting paid for my short stories yet. But while non-fiction is an easier way to make a living off what I love doing--writing--it's important to me that I keep this work balanced with my fiction, the stuff I'm truly passionate about. I might not…
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Summer Goals 2012–Building a Writing Career

Summer Goals 2012–Building a Writing Career

Blog Stuff, Goal setting, Inspirational, Writing
I decided to interrupt my series of prompts and markets by talking about creating writing goals for the summer. It's important to set goals for yourself as a writer, both short term and long term--and to revise them regularly. The turning of the seasons is usually a good marker for when you should revise your goals. Summer also brings with it vacations for many people--particularly students and teachers--and it's important for writers to utilize that time in the best way possible. So today I'd like to walk you through my summer goals through 2012--and to explain how each of them will contribute to my long-term writing career. My main goal: to build a name for myself and start getting regular assignments from as many paid publications as possible. This is…
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Re-Evaluating your Writing Goals

Goal setting, Inspirational, Novels, Short Fiction, Writing, Writing: The Process
It's that time of year again. Everyone's after your money, the houses are all lit up with half a dozen colours, and people are singing in the streets. The new year is right around the corner and it's time to start re-evaluating our lives and deciding what changes we want to make next year. For us writers, it's important to look carefully at what we want to achieve in the next year. For those of you who are hobby writers and plan to keep it that way, you need to pick a goal that's reasonable and that fulfils your creative needs. For those of us who are aiming to become professional authors, we need to look even more carefully at our goals to make sure that they're really moving us…
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The Pros and Cons of Word Count Goals

Goal setting, Novels, Writing
Those of you who have been with me for a while already know that I'm an active Nanowrimo participant and advocate. I've participated in Nanowrimo six times, and the event has really changed my life. I wrote my first first first draft of a novel during Nanowrimo when I was eleven. It gave me confidence that yes, I could write a novel, and yes, I could finish a novel. I went out to events with my mother, who's also participated a few times, and I made lots of friends. I've written up to 300, 000 words in the month of November. And I've always had fun. I've also attempted Nanowriye three or four times, and this summer I signed up for CampNanowrimo. But I've discovered that word count goals, as…
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