Hey everyone, welcome! Thanks for visiting my new blog. 🙂 You can see all my old posts/writing on my original personal blog, here.
My last post on that blog was one recounting the year 2013 and how it really changed me, and helped me grow, as a writer. It’s long and tangential, but if you’re willing to give it a read, I’m really excited about all that’s happened this year. As for this post, I promise to actually keep this one short. 😉
As I said in that post, I plan on opening this new blog with a list of my writing-focused New Year’s Resolutions for 2014. They aren’t as impressive as my Sprint Shack co-founders Skye’s and Taylor’s, but they’ll do!
You can see my basic resolutions (as well as Skye’s and Taylor’s awesome ones) here, but I’d like to expand on mine:
Resolution 1: Get at least one work of fiction published (whether in a print or online publication)
– I know getting a novel published is probably out of the question this year. None of my manuscripts are fully finished/revised/in submittable condition, and I’m not quite ready for that journey anyway. Rather, I’d like to see my short story The Spread (which I also talk about in my 2013 post) published: either in print or online, in a paid or free literary journal/magazine/blog. I don’t care about the money or publication credits, although those are always nice—I just want to finally have my fiction accepted somewhere and showcased for others to read!
Resolution 2: Finish the first draft of Fleeting, finally.
– Fleeting is my fantasy WIP, and I say “finally” because I’ve been working on it on and off for three years. I started it for 2010’s NaNoWriMo and added to it a bit for 2011’s challenge, but let it sit for many months after that. Then, I finally put a nice big dent in it earlier this year, but put it away once more for this NaNoWriMo, during which I worked on a short first draft of my YA novel, Underground.
Resolution 3: Revise Underground and send to beta readers.
– I don’t want Underground to meet the same fate as Fleeting, especially since it has a clear beginning, middle, and end and is nowhere near as complex as my fantasy world. The first draft needs some bulking and tightening up from its messy 50k state, but I think that’s perfectly doable this year. Plus, I can’t wait to send it to people and get some feedback!
Most of all, I want to take control this year. I’m going to be allotting certain months to each resolution to make sure I have clear, defined deadlines to work toward. If you read my post on 2013, you’ll notice that my accomplishments were based on a mix of determination and good luck. This year, I’m not waiting for luck… I want to make my own, to be hideously cliché about it. 😉
What about you guys? What are your writing goals?