Last week I read Annalisa Crawford's post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group and she wrote about how she hasn't followed her original plan for her writing career, which was to publish short stories in literary magazines and compete in writing competitions. Her writing took turns she wasn't expecting.
This made me think about my plans when I first started this blog. At that time, I was interested in submitting features to magazines and websites and working as a freelancer. I had been volunteering for Best Friends Animal Society and loved writing features for their website, so I wanted to see if I could do something similar and get paid for it. I did send out some query letters and got a few assignments that I loved doing.
But then I had the dream that led me to Polar Night and all I could think about was the novel. I stopped even sending in any submissions and I stopped trying to think of ideas for queries. As soon as I finished Polar Night, I started working on The Ghosts of Aquinnah. Before I knew it all I could focus on was writing novels.
I'm not complaining about this, because the novels have brought me tons of joy and I'm thrilled that I've been able to publish Polar Night and will be able to publish Ghosts. But I do sometimes regret that I just completely stopped sending queries right after I actually had a little taste of success with them.
I realized recently that I still want to do that sort of writing as well as my novels. My goal of being a freelancer hasn't changed. I just want to be a novelist and a freelancer now.
I've seen lots of people talk about marketing plans and business plans and writing plans and I've really never had any such thing. I admit, I am the world's worst planner and I have a bad habit of jumping from one thing to another without putting much thought into what I am doing.
I want to change that now though and actually develop a plan that I will stick to and follow. I'm starting from scratch here and trying to figure out what I need to do to get where I want to be.
Have you ever looked back and realized you made a turn when you had planned to go straight? Do you have a writing plan that you follow? Or do you tend to fly by the seat of your pants like I have done in the past?
For today's Celebrate the Small Things hop, hosted by Vikki at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author, I am celebrating the fact that we FINALLY have some sunshine and nice weather here after what felt like an endless period of rain. The humidity has been so bad that I thought sure I had moved to the tropical rainforest without realizing it. But the air is pleasant and dry and the sun is shining now, so I'm going to enjoy that while we have it.
Happy weekend, all!