15.05: Setting Goals for Your Career

Your Hosts: Brandon, Victoria, Dan, and Howard

What kind of career goal-setting do you do? We had a discussion in this vein with DongWon a few weeks ago, but neither Brandon nor Victoria participated then, so it’s worth revisiting.

Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson


Draw up your 1-, 5-, and 10-year lists of goals.

Ghost Station, by Dan Wells

5 thoughts on “15.05: Setting Goals for Your Career”

  1. Where do you want to go tomorrow? Brandon, Victoria, Dan, and Howard chewed over goal planning for your writing career. Short-term, long-term, audience, mortality rate, goals you control, counting words, grand goals, author branding, what kind of story do you want to tell, how do you tell it? Lots of advice and thoughtful discussion, available now in the transcript in the archives.

  2. This episode got me thinking not so much about where I want to be but how I want to get there–the intermediate steps, the daily words on the page, the skill sets I need to build, etc, etc.

    I really appreciate this one even when I usually really prefer the craft oriented episodes.

  3. I am leaving this comment in relation to a prior show where tension and resolution were discussed. I really liked the exploration of this topic and makes me feel like one of the topics missed by this podcast has been scene creation. We spent entire years on charater, plot, and world building, but yet I really struggle with constructing scene and making all the high-level concepts weave in creating a scene.

    I think the tension and resolution is a good bridge to doing this as scene feels to me a constant exploration of tension and release as your charater navigates the plot in the street of your world.
    Question to the cast?

    How do you develop scene? Is this something you write as you go with major points in mind? Do you explore these tensions as toy work through the scene? Do you outline a scene before even writing?

  4. I recently got into reading novels, thanks to my brother pestering me to read the Mistborn series. This was the first novel series I ever read and the first mistborn book was my first novel in about 10 years. Ever since, I haven’t been able to stop reading fantasy novels.

    About two months ago, I learnt of the Writing Excuses podcast and have been greatly enjoying its episode. I always listen to them on my commute to college. This episode was pretty good. Not sure if I want to be a novelist but its nice to know how the industry works.

    I have listened to seasons 13 and 14 so I was browsing through the other seasons. While I didn’t complete any of the other seasons, I did listen to the line editing/first paragraph episodes from season 4,5 and 6. I found them to be very interesting and have grown fond of them. Hopefully I find more of them in other seasons. Also hoping that they might make a comeback in season 16 :) . I figured all season 15 episodes must have been recorded in advance.

    Anyways, the reason I was prompted to comment is not related to this podcast episode so my apologies. I didn’t know where to ask since I can no longer comment on older episodes. During one of the ‘first paragraph’ episodes, there have been instances where Dan or Brandon or Howard (or all of them) mentioned to avoid using passive voice and to change the sentence to use active voice. I was wondering if there is a particular reason for this or if it is like an unspoken rule of sorts. I am hoping someone could enlighten me on this aspect. Thanks.

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