It’s New Years Eve, and the blog posts and articles about resolutions are rolling in by the hundreds. I’m jumping in on it, too – mostly for myself.
The past year was very productive for me in terms of writing. I wrote more than I ever have in the past. I was able to complete two first drafts of 2 very different middle grade novels, and saw my own writing evolve, grow and change. I completed PiBoIdMo with more than 30 ideas, albeit very few of them are workable into good stories. I revised one of the novels I wrote, too, and joined a critique group. Actually, I joined 2 critique groups, but one of them is fairly inactive. I also can’t seem to grasp using Yahoo groups – it is just too outdated and run-aroundy.
I sent off queries for my MG thriller to five agents, and received five rejections. Ouch! But it is okay, because the final rejection came in with a lot of useful feedback.
This year, in terms of creating, I resolve to:
1) Resume my 4 hours of writing a week.
2) Read at least 3 books about writing.
3) Read at least 10 novels, for MG, YA and/or Adults.
4) Continue to peruse the picture book section at Coles, while getting weird looks from their staff who probably haven’t ever read a book before.
5) Revise MG thriller by showing rather than telling.
6) Learn to show more! (See #2, 3 and 5 – they will help with that.)
7) Carry a notebook with me everywhere. Write ideas down when they come.
8) Blog more. And find a dang purpose for blogging, while I’m at it.
I believe in balance. I believe that I will be an awful writer if I don’t balance my time, my interests and my life in general. This means that I need to give myself permission to sit quietly, to not think about work, to not think about my work-in-progress. This means I need to be present while walking the dogs, and eating dinner with the Mrs. This means I need to get back to some sort of working out. Mostly, it means I need to leave my stress at work, so that the rest of me is the best me, the rest of the time.
Like any writer or artist, I intend to find a way of doing this as a living. This year is dedicated to improving my craft, completing solid projects, and allowing myself to be more than a teacher – I will be my whole self this year. At least, I will try.