Tuesday, 3 July 2018

IWSG July 2018

It's the first week of July, and we're here a day early because I hear there's some sort of big holiday going on for my friends across the pond tomorrow. Nothing else has changed though, this is still the best place to gather and unleash our writerly worries in an atmosphere of mutual support. Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh remains ably at the helm, backed up this month by Nicki ElsonJuneta KeyTamara Narayan and Patricia Lynne.


I don't have much to be feeling insecure about - edits for the middle part of my trilogy are proceeding apace and I should be on track for an autumn release. Maybe taking a bit longer than planned, but for good reasons - I spent the past couple of weeks crafting a short story for a competition, for example. Diversions like that stop me getting bogged down, and I've come to believe that things will be ready when they're ready, rather than following a rigorous schedule. Let's turn to this month's IWSG question, which is as follows: "What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?"

That's an interesting one, quite deep for a glorious summer's day. I suppose in some way my goals have changed - initially I just wanted to finish one book, then I wanted to sign on with an agent. For the first I realised that, because finishing was in fact possible, I wanted to write a better book, and for the second, it did not seem as all-important as it once had after I started talking to other writers who were pursuing publication in all sorts of ways. But ultimately, my goals have always been to express myself and hopefully say something about the human condition. It's a confusing enough world - more and more so every day, it seems - and I'm always trying to find out what makes people tick, even if those people are on a distant planet or far into the future. I also want what I have to say to strike a chord with others and for them to relate to it, and miraculously, I seem to have had some success there, so I'll keep trying to take that further. Selling millions was never really part of the equation, which is probably just as well!

To read others' thoughts and insecurities this month head to the IWSG signup page here.


In other news, we only have just over two weeks to go before the next #IWSGPit on July 19. Will you be pitching into the fray with a tasty morsel to hook an agent or publisher? Last time we had about 5,100 Tweets and became a trending topic, and the next event looks to be even bigger, so don't miss out on grabbing a piece of the action! Rules are as follows:

Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On July 19, Tweet your pitch between 8am and 8pm Eastern time. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.

Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch - it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents.

Rules:

Writers may send out 1 Twitter pitch every hour per manuscript.

Publishers/Agents will favorite/heart pitches they are interested in. Publishers can either Tweet basic submission guidelines or direct writers to their submission guidelines. (Writers, please do not favorite/heart pitches.)

No images allowed in pitches.

Pitches must include GENRE/AGE and the hashtag #IWSGPit.

Ages:
#C - children’s
#MG - middle grade
#YA - young adult
#NA - new adult
#A - adult
Genres:
#AD - adventure
#CF - Christian fiction
#CO - contemporary
#F - fantasy
#H - horror
#HI - historical
#LF - literary fiction
#MCT - mystery/crime/thriller
#ME - memoir
#NF - non-fiction
#PB - picture book
#PN - paranormal
#R - romance
#SF - sci-fi
#WF - women's fiction

37 comments:

Liz A. said...

Glad the next book is coming along. It's great not to worry about getting things done. They manage to do so with or without the worrying, don't they?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

One book - that's all I wanted in the beginning.
If you find out what makes people tick, let me know.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad you're not feeling insecure and your writing is progressing well this month. And great that your goal is to express yourself and not focused on how many books you sell--something none of us can control.

JeffO said...

Sounds like you're in a good place right now--good for you!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Yeh for feeling secure! :)

The Cynical Sailor said...

I'm glad things are progressing so well on the next installment of your trilogy. Looking forward to reading it :-)

Cheers - Ellen

T. Powell Coltrin said...

It sounds like your trilogy is going well! Nothing to feel insecure about there. :)

Teresa C.

Patsy said...

Perhaps it's inevitable that as we change, and hopefully improve, as writers, that our goals will change too.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Signing with an agent isn't as important anymore. Besides, even after signing, there's only a 10% chance that agent will find a home for your book.

Heather R. Holden said...

How exciting about the short story--best of luck with the competition!

And I know what you mean about wanting your work to strike a chord with people. That's something I try to strive for, too. Glad you've been able to find success with that!

Patricia Lynne said...

I'm not one for rigorous schedules either. Life likes to butt in and ruin any plans, so I'd rather be flexible.

Crystal Collier said...

I think that's the key. Change is the name of the game. The industry has been in such an upheaval the last two decades that it's on us to be flexible, eh?

cleemckenzie said...

Getting. hooked on writing goals is not a bad way to live your life! I'd say you're doing quite well.

Jacqui Murray said...

I admire anyone willing to delve into the human condition. It boggles me.

Julie Flanders said...

Hard to imagine a better goal to meet than knowing you've struck a chord with your readers. Speaks to your talent like nothing else. Well done! :)

Mark Noce said...

Great goals:) Glad that you're feeling less insecure too. So long as you enjoy the journey, it's all good:)

Nita said...

Thank you for visiting my blog Nick. Unfortunately, this comment form does not allow me to post a link to my WordPress custom blog, which is about writing, and on which I have written for IWSG's monthly challenge. All I can say is the name of my writing blog is: A Writer's Site.
What I want to say here is that it feels good to know that there are others who think the way I do.
All the best for your short story competition.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Thanks for thinking of us across the pond. You speak such good sense about goals.

Jemi Fraser said...

Seems like a lot of our goals are about getting better :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Striking a chord about the human condition is a wonderful and truly important goal! Way to go with working toward that!

CV Grehan said...

Hi Nick. Connecting with even just one reader is highly satisfying. Well done on goals!

Laura Clipson said...

Progressive goals are the best kind, best to keep things realistic. I would love to earn millions from my writing but I've accepted that is never going to happen!

Cathrina Constantine said...

What makes people tick sounds absolutely frustrating to me. Because we all tick differently. I always believed, if we loved one another, even through controversy, there wouldn't be any wars. Wishing you luck figuring out the human condition, I think you'll find a lot to say...

Happy 4th!

Cherie Reich said...

Brilliant goals, Nick! Best of luck with edits!

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I can definitely relate to the goal of wanting to strike a chord with your readers and having them relate to what you wrote. I think that's why the work of the literary greats, like Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, and Ernest Hemingway, continue to be read and admired centuries later. People can still relate to what they wrote, and it makes them feel like that the writers understand what they're going through or what they're feeling.

Juneta Key said...

Great goals. Congrats on achieving and setting more. Happy IWSG!

Lynda R Young said...

Congrats on finding the success you were after :)

J Lenni Dorner said...

Keep plugging away at the writing! One word at a time, one line at a time, one page... you know the drill. Keep on doing what you do!

Sherry Ellis said...

Glad to hear your next book is coming along and that you're feeling secure. Keep writing and see where the journey takes you.

Liza said...

I'm with you. I just want to write the best book I can. Glad you continue to move forward!

Michelle Wallace said...

I came across a really interesting comment this month, where the author stated that her goals are more focused on what her writing is saying and the messages she is planting in readers heads. That's taking writerly responsibility to the next level. Food for thought.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nick - I like your idea that things will happen when they do - rather than pressurising oneself into deadlines etc - they'll happen anyway. I like the way we can all see how everyone is doing and coping, and how they handle their writing ways - take care and good luck with your publications and entries - cheers Hilary

cleemckenzie said...

Hi Nic! Yes, we are over here across the pond celebrating something having to with tea. We don't really drink that much tea, so it's odd that we have a whole day dedicated to explosive fun, and tea is involved.

Thanks for giving everyone such complete information about the next #IWSG Twitter Pitch party. This one should be spectacular.

Diane Burton said...

I'm so glad your edits are coming along nicely. Just finished mine. Whew. And in time for the Amazon pre-order.s Double Whew!!! Once you're finished with them you can enjoy the story. Best wishes.

Denise D. Young said...

I think you're on to something there. I think so much of writing is about connection. Writers want readers to connect to characters, to feel that they've experiences something fundamentally part of the human experience in the world of the story. That's what makes a story come to life, and it's what makes a story endure. Good luck!

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