IWSG- July 2018

A day early for the monthly blog hop of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. We get the 4th of July off, and I imagine the members outside the United States are wondering if they get their national holidays off as well. Nope. Sorry.


If you aren’t already a member of IWSG (and I honestly can’t understand why you wouldn’t be), check us out and join HERE.

The optional question for this month-

What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

From the time I was 11 years old, I’ve dreamed about being a published writer, being famous. My early stories were science fiction tales including my friends and love interests. My parents claimed to love them, and the one friend I dared to show really liked the part where his bully died. I liked writing about relationships, I was terrible at writing romance. That hasn’t changed much. I keep hoping something will click and I’ll suddenly figure it out, but at 47, that seems unlikely.

In high school, I switched over to poetry writing, and I tell you, If anyone ever wrote a collection of poems more sappy, more over the top, more ridiculous, I’d like to meet them. We could break the universe together. Even more surprising, I honestly thought there was a career to be had writing poetry. Silly Ryan.

I was sure once someone in publishing (magically) read my poems, I’d be an instant sensation. Even as I aged and my poetry matured, I still expected someone to just discover me. I made almost no effort to enter contests, submit to magazines (even at university, which should have been so easy and obvious). When my efforts and heart returned to writing fiction, I was so out of practice, my stories were pretty awful, but I had a wonderful professor who saw some talent in my writing and encouraged me. Still, I didn’t seek out opportunities, take risks.

I’d like to say I learned my lesson and submit like crazy now, but I don’t. My 30’s passed by in a rush and not until I finished my first novel (at the age of 42), did I finally take the plunge and seek out representation.

I still want to be a published writer, and still believe it is a matter of getting my work seen by the right people. What has changed- at last I understand that for that to happen, I have to put myself out there, take risks, be bold. I’ve entered two contests and queried several agents recently. I’m about ready to approach some small presses, ones that take unsolicited submissions. I remain hopeful, and while 11 year old me thought he might be famous one day, 47 year old me knows that is irrelevant.

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About Ryan Carty

There are some who call me, Tim?

17 responses to “IWSG- July 2018”

  1. Liesbet @ Roaming About says :

    We mature as we age. Yet, some of our aspirations and dreams remain the same. We just get more realistic about them. I think it’s a thought many of us have in common: that someone will magically discover us (for that, we have to be present and “out there”), and that our writing is awesome. Why can’t anyone influential see that? πŸ™‚

    We have to write, because we enjoy it, but also because we believe in it. Determination and work are important elements towards success. Whether we like it or not. Personally, I have a feeling that my laziness will mean the end of this “career”, and, do I really like writing more than travel? In your case, you obviously have other desires as well, hobbies, and priorities to have lived your last three decades without too much focus on writing and submitting. It’s all good! πŸ™‚

    • Ryan Carty says :

      Sometimes I wonder if my ability and desire to enjoy a wide variety of things is a detriment to my writing. I can’t help but wonder if I’m not as consumed by it as I need to be to find success. Don’t get me wrong- I love writing, but I also love doing so many other things and as you well know, there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything. Something has to be sacrificed, and honestly for me, that is the pursuit of a writing deal.

      • Liesbet @ Roaming About says :

        I totally get that! I’m the same way (I like writing, but it’s the first thing put on the back burner, when other pursuits call), but I don’t have any finished novels or heaps or poetry! Writng is certainly your passion (and your destiny). And, yes, other things get in the way, but I think in your situation, it might be a few things together that refrain you from trying harder to get a deal. πŸ™‚

  2. Cathrina says :

    Ryan, it sounds like you’re on the right track! There are some wonderful small presses out there….

    I did write when I was much younger, but then life had a way of pushing everything to the side while I raised 5 kids. I didn’t get serious with my writing until I turned 50. I used to think, and sometimes I still do, that I’m too old for this stuff, but then I have to remind myself, age doesn’t matter if you’re a writer.

  3. J.S. Pailly says :

    I’m embarrassed to admit that I used to think the same way. I thought someone would “discover” my writing and then fame and fortune would follow soon thereafter. Hopefully my expectations today are a little closer to reality.

  4. Juneta says :

    The journey of maturity for a writer. I enjoyed reading.

  5. raimeygallant says :

    Romance is a tough nut for me to crack, too. Great post!

  6. Michelle Wallace (@mishy1727) says :

    Well, we could probably break the universe together with sappy, over-the-top, angsty teenage poetry. Problem is, I’ll first have to hunt for the book hidden in the cubby-hole of my mom’s house. I wonder if it’s still there? Probably eaten away by all sorts of critters lodging in that corner of the room. πŸ™‚

    • Ryan Carty says :

      Seriously! I know right where all of my awfully spelled, poorly constructed, teen age poetry rests, and it is very near my feet right now. Silly file cabinet. Maybe I need to move it. If you ever do find it, lets break the universe. πŸ˜‰

  7. Ellen Jacobson says :

    I’ve been so interested to read people’s stories about how they fell in love with writing as a child. I didn’t get into it until much, much later and it’s only now that I’m {ahem} my early 50s that I’ve done anything about it. It’s never too late, I guess.

  8. jmh says :

    You *can* make a living with poetry. Move to Canada, and live off government grants and swanky writers’ residencies. Just make sure your poems positively bleed Canadiana, and you’ll be good to go.

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