Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year #IWSG Measuring Success in 2017


 
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html

 
The awesome co-hosts for the January 4 posting of the IWSG will be
 
January 4 Question: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?
My answer to this question is backwards: I love the advise to learn the rules so you know which ones you want to break and then do so with professionalism.
 
 
Happy New Year, 2017, everyone.
 
Each year, it is tradition for me to compile a list of goals to take me through the upcoming twelve months. Goals concerning my writing projects lead the way, with reading goals close behind. Some goals appear year after year, not because they failed to make the grade the previous year but because they are so important that they bear repeating. Healthy lifestyle goals top this chart. Whether I reach or exceed a goal, my satisfaction is the same. Only when I totally miss a target, do I feel any measure of disappointment.

For 2017, I've set the bar rather high as I aim at more successfully marketing my published novels. I fear neither success nor failure. My concern is about setting a goal to accomplish something that is a questionable measure of success or failure: the sale of a specific number of books.

How do you measure your success as a writer?
 
 
 

9 comments:

  1. I hope 2017 is a successful year for you! I need to get better at marketing. That's definitely a worthwhile goal.

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  2. If only marketing wasn't the most difficult part of writing for me. Best Wishes for a terrific 2017.

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  3. I am truly terrible at marketing. So much so that it has yet to make my annual goal list. Wishing you much luck with this in 2017!

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  4. Nice to know I'm not alone, M.J. Guess we all need to figure out a middle-ground goal for the year.

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  5. The hardest thing about writing for me is keeping my butt in my chair, editing, making my word count, editing, updating spreadsheets, editing, and meeting deadlines, and...
    Writing's just hard, ha!
    I think writers can measure their success by how much they draw creativity out of others. The most successful writers are the ones that inspire us. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy New Year!

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  6. The hardest thing about writing for me is keeping my butt in my chair, editing, making my word count, editing, updating spreadsheets, editing, and meeting deadlines, and...
    Writing's just hard, ha!
    I think writers can measure their success by how much they draw creativity out of others. The most successful writers are the ones that inspire us. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy New Year!

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  7. I hope you reach that specific number of books. May 2017 be a huge success for you.

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  8. Happy New Year 2017 to you. I can tell you put a lot of thought into deciding on your goals for the year. I am TRYING to actually write down goals for my year ahead rather than just think about them for a minute on Jan 1. Success in writing for me is having the reader tell me my story made them smile, laugh, teary-eyed, think, and learn.

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  9. Happy 2017, Gail! Marketing sure is tough. I've taken a break from writing so I hope to get back to it in 2017 when I feel ready. I agree that it's good to know the rules so we can choose to break them at will. :-)

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