Goals in writing

I’ve had this goal since I was seven. Who can say that? I’ve wanted the same thing since I was in the second grade. And some days it feels like I’m barely any closer than I was back then. Of course, that’s not true. I’ve started and scrapped countless novels that just didn’t work or had some flaw or I got bored of. And every time I scrap a novel, I feel like I’m back in second grade again, the only book I finished being one I wrote about the boys in my class. It was three pages long and in the end they all turned into vampires. It seems that ever since then, I haven’t been able to finish anything but a poem. And half the time those don’t even feel finished.

But it’s fine, I tell myself. I’m only 22. There’s still time to write a full-length novel. I should cut myself some slack, writing a book is hard work. It takes years for most people to finish a book, and not to mention I’m still in school. And there was a point where I was going to give up writing altogether. Which now seems insane to me. When I’m writing is mostly the only time I ever feel like I’m truly accomplishing something, like I’m genuinely happy. And I wouldn’t give that up for anything.



  1. shesneon says:

    Keep the goal alive. You are still so young! I feel the same way about starting and stopping my novel. I’ll goal with you. I would love to finish mine in 2020. (Been working on it since 2011)

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    1. Lauren says:

      I’m really trying to keep the goal alive. Good luck with your novel, I hope 2020 is the year you finish it!


  2. C. D. Anders says:

    Christopher Paolini published Eragon when I was a young teen. I haven’t read it to this day but I wanted to have my novel finished before I turned 19 like he did. That deadline came and went quickly but I’m glad that the version I planned never made it that far. It’s a much different thing today.

    Quality beats numbers in many things but especially in writing. Sometimes that wait is a blessing.

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    1. Lauren says:

      That’s a very good point. I know if I look back on any novels I tried to write throughout my life, they’d seem more basic and trivial than I thought at the time. Sometimes it’s better to strengthen the skill before jumping into the career.

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  3. Carol Anne says:

    I’m pretty sure you’ll get there! You have time!

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  4. Frantzlife says:

    I’m 24 and I’m on the same boat with you but I’m close to my goal. I plan to release my book around spring time

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    1. Lauren says:

      That’s awesome! Happy for you.


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