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Are You Making Progress as a Writer?

1 May

003Welcome back to the show that never ends.  I’m not going to bore you with information about my novel.  It’s happening, slowly but surely, and that’s all I’ll say today about it.

Today I think we’ll be a bit reflective.  I have a question to ask you, and I want your honest opinion.  First, though, a quote.   If you pay really close attention, there will be a  hint regarding today’s subject matter in the quote.


Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.

Benjamin Franklin

Okay, now you are ready for the reflective question.

Are you making progress as a writer?

No, this is not a trick question.  I will assume that when you started your writing journey, that you had a goal or goals in mind.  What were they?  Did you want writing to just be an outlet for your creative passion?  Did you want to be published in a magazine?  Did you want to make a living as a freelance writer?

Only you can answer the goals question.  So consider those goals you set for yourself and then answer my question: are you making progress as a writer as you move towards your goal?

If you answered yes then how has that progress happened? What have you done to move you along?

If the answer is no then you have some work to do, don’t you?  Why are you not making progress?  What is holding you back?

If you can answer that question then you can make corrections and start moving forward again.  If you can’t answer that question….what is holding you back….then maybe you should chat with a trusted writing friend and get to the bottom of the trouble.

Just a thought!


Write down your short-term and long-term goals.  Once you have done that, then give yourself a realistic timeline to achieve those goals.  I think it is very important that we remain focused on whatever is important to us as writers.  It is too easy to get wrapped up in the process and forget about the prize at the end.


I’m keeping it short today because you all have things to work on.  Good luck on your journey my friends, and thank you for always showing me such wonderful support.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”