It’s time for the Insecure Writers Support Group post
, one day earlier than usual because the first Wednesday this month is the day us Americans eat too much and shoot explode-y things off in the air.
Getting on to the July IWSG question:
What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time?
Well. How haven’t my writing goals changed over time? I’ve referred to myself as a “recovering writing major” a few times because at least at my college, the Writing program was very focused on literary fiction. And while I knew I didn’t fit in to that whole thing–there was no way in hell I was MFA-bound–I did still have that weird fog of wanting to write the Great American Novel.
That’s gone now.
I always wanted to write novels and I was always a bit frustrated in workshop classes because we only ever wrote short stories. Well, I still want to write novels, but I seem to be writing short stories these days and I’m totally cool with that. Short stories come easier to me. Now, I’m a little frustrated that I can’t seem to sustain a plot long enough for a full-length book.
Knowing that, I’m taking my time writing a first draft/outline for a full-length book. It’s not the Great American Novel–it’s a contemporary romance–but I know my weak spots in writing. I know they always have to do with plot and structure.
So my primary goal with this first draft/outline has been to nail the structure and the plot. I want to make sure that the conflicts are strong enough, the stakes feel appropriate, and that the story isn’t repetitive. The ultimate goal is to have a book that doesn’t fall apart at some point in the middle.
My ultimate writing goals: a book-length plot, novels that entertain and inform, novels that show diversity as natural and a strength no matter the time period they take place in.