What’s Your Writing Quest? Enter to Win a Copy of The Happiness of Pursuit

What’s Your Writing Quest? Enter to Win a Copy of The Happiness of Pursuit

GIVEAWAY: Want to win a copy of Chris Guillebeau’s new book, The Happiness of Pursuit? Read on for details. (Update: winners have been notified.)

What’s your big writing goal?

We’re not talking about small, easily achievable, “write-a-blog-post”-type tasks from your to-do list. We mean a big goal — the one that exhilarates, energizes and even scares you a little bit. It’s the goal that seems almost unreachable,

Working toward a big goal like this is a kind of quest. And undertaking a quest, explained Chris Guillebeau in a recent blog post, tends to challenge, change and benefit you:

By the time I came to the end, I was a very different person. As I learned, this is a common feature of quests. You set out to accomplish something, and hopefully you do — but something else usually happens along the way, too.

Whether it’s building your freelance business to the point where you can quit your job, or finally finishing and self-publishing your novel, you likely have one of these big goals on your radar, and we want to hear about it.

What’s your writing quest? What big project are you pursuing?

We asked a few writing friends about their quests. Here’s what they’re working on.

Image: Jessica LawlorJessica Lawlor, founder of the Get Gutsy Blog

I’m on a quest to help others get gutsy … and to step outside my own comfort zone in the process! I recently published an ebook about getting gutsy, and the next step in my quest is to launch a 30-day email course with tips, tools and inspiration for stepping outside your comfort zone to reach your goals and live a life that makes you truly happy.

I’ve got the bare bones for the course developed, but now need to buckle down, get organized and begin the scary part — actually writing the content. After the course is complete, I plan to turn it into a book.

This quest terrifies me, but I’ve always loved and lived by the saying, “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” Here’s to the quest!

Image: Peggy Frezon and KellyPeggy Frezon, author of dog books, including Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw

I’m on a quest to talk to people about their amazing and heartwarming animal tales, and share them, whether it’s on my new blog for Guideposts magazine, Pawprints on my Heart, or in my forthcoming book for Paraclete Press, Greetings at the Front Door (fall 2015).

It’s easy for me to get inspired about pets, as my dogs Kelly and Ike are right here by my feet (or in my lap!) as I’m working. What’s sometimes more difficult is finding others who are willing to share how their pets have changed their lives. I’m constantly on the lookout for pet lovers who might open up to me with their stories! Each time I discover a new human-pet connection, I’m reminded of why I go to such great lengths to find them.

Image: Alexis GrantAlexis Grant, founder of The Write Life

I’m on a quest to rewrite my travel memoir and get it out to the world, whether that’s through traditional publishing or self-publishing.

I’ve been working on this story — about backpacking through Africa on my own — since 2008, and I’m itching to get it done. I’ve just got to push through this last round of rewriting to get there!

GIVEAWAY: Want to win a copy of Chris Guillebeau’s new book, The Happiness of Pursuit? Leave a comment sharing your writing quest. What big project are you working on?

(Details: Leave your comment before October 23, 2014, when we’ll choose 25 winners using a random number generator. Unfortunately, we’re only able to ship to addresses in the United States. Update: winners have been notified. Thanks for sharing your quests, and good luck!)


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  • Ryan LaBee says:

    My writing quest is to build a substantial platform through my blog and to possibly get a short story published within the next year. I am also participating in NanoWrimo so hopefully ill be able to start that novel as well…but lets not get a head of ourselves!

  • I’ve been writing since the age of 8 years old. For a time, as an adult I was writing on a regular basis–poetry, short stories, essays, and was even published for a time. Then, as per usual, life gets in the way. So now, half way to 60 years of age, I’m tired of the 9 to 5 grind and I am once again passionate about my writing. My quest is to finish the projects I started, (two novels and a script) to self publish my work and eventually the work of others as well through my publishing company. I appreciate sites like this one which are a great help to those of us who need a swift kick in the pants to get off the bus to procrastination land.

  • Maria A. Karamitsos says:

    I’ve been writing for a publication for the past 9-1/2 years. It’s likely it won’t survive past this year. So I’m looking at what’s next. In my very niche area, the probability is high that I will have to create a job for myself. My big to-do-list right now is figuring out where I go from here as a writer. Do I go on to create something that I lead, freelance or concentrate on my own projects that continually get backburnered due to family issues and of course, weekly deadlines.

  • Lin Foster says:

    I’m on a quest to publish my first ebook!

  • I am on a quest to publish two separate series’ of stories, through self-publishing. I have been working on the stories, and am on my (hopefully) last edit. I still have to get book covers for them, and create my marketing/promotional plan.

    I am also on a quest to add a variety of self-published eBooks and eCourses on my freelance site within the coming year. These will be items that I create myself.

  • Erin says:

    I’m on a quest to spread financial literacy through my blog and my writing. In the future, I’d love to write an ebook on personal finance as well. I’m currently focusing on freelance blogging, and it’s been an eye-opening quest so far!

  • Matt Carter says:

    I’m working on a passion project of mine. A detailed biography of the inventor of modern surfing and American hero Duke Kahanamoku.

  • Seana Graham says:

    I’m working on a novel that came to me out of nowhere. Although writing a novel is enough in itself, the reason this feels like a bigger quest to me is that I’m a little out of my depth when it comes to the subject matter. It’s set in London of a few decades ago and I am a Californian and have only visited London for brief periods. Still, I’m pressing on.

  • Lesa McKee says:

    For some reason, in April of 2009, I got the idea for a story. I could see the scene playing out in my head and over time bits and pieces followed. I wrote them down and put them away.

    One year later, in April of all things, I came across the notes. I’d never written a novel, but I bought a book about writing and went as far as putting together an outline. Again, I put it away…
    Until (you guessed it) one year later (in April 2011) when for some strange reason, I started thinking about the story and new scenes went through my head. I dug out the outline and wrote a couple of chapters.
    Over the next couple of years, I followed this pattern, write and give up, write and give up.
    Why did I give up? Because I have arthritis in my hands, carpel tunnel and a tear in my right shoulder. Every word I type causes pain.
    Despite that, I’ve been writing solid for a year now, (for me that’s a page a day, two if I’m lucky) but the process is going very, very slow. I am over 300 pages through my rough draft and have learned a wealth of information about writing along the way.
    My book is my quest. Actually, it’s a Sci-fi Romantasy trilogy, so It may take years, but I will not give up on my story, my characters, or myself, and my dream of seeing it through. I will not be satisfied until I can write, “The End.” (And I self-publish them.)

  • My writing goals, from what I can tell thus far is two-fold: To write a book where I (1) to share insights of the 20, 30, and 40 somethings in our workforce who have pivoted in their career path to enjoy a happier, more authentic work-lifestyle. Insights would cover topics such as success, legacy, lessons, motivation, and family. Through information and data in the book, I also want to (2) establish a sound response to notion that was presented in the book, The Encore Career Handbook, which seems to suggest that wanting more out of life, wanting to contribute to the lives of others, and wanting to make a good living are sentiments mostly found within the Baby Boomer generation, and that this is the generation that are now somehow eligible and poised for pursing careers that offer the value of “making a living, while making a paycheck.”

  • Linas says:

    I want write a book . My native language is Lithuanian. like I said I want write a book it was my very old fantasy to do this. no I’m little bit near my goal I have money to publish book I have an idea for book and now little by little writing and thinking about characters. I know that it sounds crazy to want write a book from very small writing experience. I even dont read books but sometimes I write something and it feels and reads good to me… even me thinking – wow is it me wrote this? I feel I have talent deep inside. I dont care what will be result of my book I just want to write my idea and publish it. I just want to take that book into my hands read it from cover to cover and think: this was best what you could write. You put everything you could in this book. Excelent.

  • toni says:

    Become published

  • Sara says:

    My writing quest is to develop an ebook/workbook that helps other solopreneurs discover their story and integrate it into their copy. Like any other time I completely put myself out there, this TOTALLY scares me, but with role models such as the people featured in this post, it also totally excites me.

    • I love this idea, Sara. Figuring out how much of your story to inject into your web copy is a common challenge for solopreneurs and freelancers, so I bet this will be a helpful resource for many people. Looking forward to reading it!

      TWL Assistant Editor

  • Siva says:

    I recently signed on to write a True Crime novel. I have always written on my time, in my own head, sort of speak. Now I have deadlines, research and a voice that I am not completely familiar with, but I am ready and excited for the challenge!

  • Emma says:

    I’m working on starting my own blog – it’s my first foray into the world of writing in public. Very scary, but exciting too! I’m still honing in on my niche and making sure that I’m sure that I’m sure before it goes live in about 6 weeks 🙂

  • I’m working on a children’s picture book about food allergies! I’m hopeful parents and teachers will share it with their kids to start a dialogue about managing food allergies, making sure everyone’s included, and knowing you can always achieve what you want–it just might be by taking a different path! 🙂

  • Deb says:

    I’m juggling two major quests at the moment.

    The first is a nationwide job search for full-time work — preferrably in academics. I currently teach as an adjunct English instructor and my small savings is getting smaller by the month. It’s distracting and distressing.

    The second is to finish my thesis project. My goal is about 80K words for this sf/f, romance genre bender. I think I’m at about 30K now including notes.

    It’s frustrating, for me, to shift from technical writing to creative writing. Plus, the endless niggling at the back of my mind about money. ::sigh::

    Sorry about the rant, but thanks for reading.

  • Kaz Matsune says:

    My first goal is to publish a book about how I became a sushi chef.

  • Dave Burnham says:

    I want to write the fiction story that’s been in my head for a couple of years. I have a loose outline that I’m tweaking. Once the bugs are taken care and it’s as I want it to be, writing the story is my ambition.

  • Denise Esse says:

    I am working towards removing the stigma of mental illness, and spreading awareness to bring mental health care out of the dark ages, one word at a time.

  • Elke Feuer says:

    My writing quest is to help writers in my community because there is no existing support system. It started as a monthly writing group and turned into an online FB group and just recently, became the company CayWriters Ltd.

    The first goal of the company was to create an annual book fair in the Cayman Islands that provides resources to writers of all ages and stages in their careers through workshops, lectures, etc. Another purpose of the event is to connect local authors with the Cayman community, each other, and businesses. My long term goal is for the event to become ingrained in the community and make an impact in schools, businesses and eventually globally.

    The second annual Cayman Islands Book Fair is December 5th and 6th. The past two years has been an amazing journey and I’m eager for what the future holds.

  • I’m focusing on poetry. Taking a break from the commercial stuff for the next eight weeks. Then pounding the pavement trying to get journalism and web content writing gigs again.

  • Jennifer says:

    Ultimately, I think my goal is to get all these ideas out omy head. I know that may not sound so daunting, but every time I put one on paper two or three more pop up in its place. I tend to write for myself so the goal of publication , while still very enticing, is not one I rely on. Perhaps I simply want to have sent my thoughts and ideas out into the world where they may have the slimmest chance of being noticed, but will definitely remain.

    • It’s great that you have so many ideas, Jennifer — though it can be overwhelming when you’re not sure which to focus on. Best of luck getting them out into the world!

      TWL Assistant Editor

  • Mike Coville says:

    My big goal for writing is to sell enough books regularly to be a full time writer. I would love to be able to wake up in the morning and write.

  • Rose Doucet says:

    Every pending article is a scary prospect for me. I tend to procrastinate . feel inadequate for the task until i get the first draft complete. So, my goal to write for more posh magazines is a daunting one. Deep within me i know I’m capable and actual thrive on challenges that push me to do greater things. Now if i could just stop procrastinating about it!

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