2015 – A Look Ahead

For those of you who may not have noticed, it’s a new year! Which, when you get right down to it, doesn’t mean much except that I have to awkwardly figure out how to turn a four into a five when writing checks (which yes, I still have to do occasionally).

It does, however, make a fantastic excuse for evaluating my life from a bigger scope and working towards goals in a time-frame longer than a month.  Sure, I could do this at any time, but honestly, how often does that really happen?  It might be nonsense, but it is convenient nonsense, so I’ll take it.

Last year, I did a lot of things, but writing was not often one of them.  Getting back into the swing of things for NaNoWriMo was like coming home – it felt good to be working on a story again, so this year I’m going to try to remember that and, you know, do this writing thing all year long.

Which brings me ’round to my goal for the year:  I want to write a book.

This seems like a small statement, but I chose the words carefully.  I did not say that I want to write a first draft of a novel, or that I want to write a draft and then edit and revise it.  My goal is not to learn to edit, or to find beta readers, or anything so specific.  It is more general, but it encompasses all that.

At the end of the year, I want a novel in my hands.  Written, edited, critiqued, and honed (you hone books, right?) through the year, taking whatever steps I need to take in order to get there.

This is, of course, rather exciting and entirely overwhelming.

I’ve been working on the steps to getting there, starting with the rather basic “Choose Your Novel”.  I’ve written first drafts on kind of a lot of books (10? ish?), so there is no dearth of material there (I am a chronic sufferer of SNNS (Shiney New Novel Syndrome)).  After that, I’ll be doing some review and outlining/world building, and likely (but not definitely) starting a draft next month.  I’m also 90% sure I know what I’m going to work on, so that helps.

How successful will I be?  No idea!  But it is one of my Big Projects for the year (probably my biggest), which helps.  I’ll probably be soliciting ideas (or just complaining) on here as the year goes on, so stay tuned!

Do any of you have big writing plans for the new year (other than “to write”)?

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