Confession: It’s mid-December, and I haven’t yet written my 2018 (!) writing goals. At end of last year, I sat down with a cup of coffee & wrote a list of everything I wanted to complete that year. It was a very ambitious list. I didn’t expect to complete even half of the list, and as it took me six months to (heavily) revise MIDNIGHT QUEEN, I sort of thought: “Well, I can’t finish everything on my list…but I’ll try.”
I’ve mentioned this before, but I set aside most of this year for reworking projects that I was still super-passionate about (…which was just about all of them, as I figured out.) So when I did sit down to draft my NaNoWriMo novel last month, it was a strange (and very difficult) feeling to write something new from scratch. But, like they say: You can’t edit a blank page.
So. Here I am, halfway through December, and I’ve finished everything on my List.
- Revise MIDNIGHT QUEEN.
This took me much, much longer than I expected. And by the time I finished (around June) I didn’t think I’d complete the rest of my list. I’m not quite sure why it took me so long to get this revision done. I think, in part, because this story means so much to me, I was terrified I’d get it wrong. Writing about your own culture/mythology is always a little bit daunting. But once I shed that fear, once I told myself I could edit, tweak, and change later, it became much, much easier.
- Revise THE EMPIRE OF STARS.
I think I first drafted this book when I was fifteen. Since then, it’s been revised multiple times…and I’m finally, FINALLY beginning to get to the story I always intended it to be right. It’s STILL not there, and I know that I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me, but I finally feel like I’m heading in the right direction.
ICYMI, I shared a tinyyyyyyy teaser from the book a few months back, though there’s a chance that’ll change during revisions.
- Revise THIS STORM RISING.
After getting some notes back from a crit. partner, I went through and revised my YA space opera again, and I fell even more in love with my arrogant, egotistical thief & con-artist (…umm, this is normal, right?), and the bloodthirsty galaxy she lives in. This is SUCH a fun project to work on, and I love my protagonist’s emotional development throughout the novel.
(Speaking of space operas, I am SO excited for The Last Jedi… Everything I keep hearing about it sounds incredible. I’m off to see this soon, actually.)
- Draft my YA high fantasy Fae Novel.
This was my NaNoWriMo novel (which I finished just recently!) I won’t go into too much detail about this novel because a) it SUCKS, and b) I’m still figuring out the plot. But I will say that it was a blast to write!
- Revise THE FLAMES ARE LEGION.
This is the book I’m totally pitching as Norse mythology + Game of Thrones. Basically…I love this book. My protagonist tames wyverns for a living, who gets caught up in a rebellion against the witch-queen… So yes, she’s pretty badass! I revised this book just before NaNoWriMo (…I literally finished this WIP the day before NaNo began!) and diving into the next round of self-edits soooooon, before I hand it over to critique partners.
So—I’ve had a pretty successful 2017 with writing… but what do I want to accomplish next year? Like I mentioned, I haven’t yet thought about/written my 2018 writing goals, but here are some more personal goals I’ll be reaching for next year.
- Exercise more! I used to be so much fitter. But this year I’ve definitely been a lot lazier…and I’d like to change that in the new year. I love hiking (there are SO many gorgeous places to walk where I live), and I intend to do some more of that next year, too.
- Blog more! I feel like finally, I’ve gotten back into the swing of blogging…and I’d love to keep that momentum up.
- Catch up & reconnect with old friends. I think everyone—especially after high school/college—tend to lose touch. We get wrapped up in our own lives and sort of move on, but I think it’s so important to maintain those relationships…or at least try to.
- Procrastinate less. I literally think this could be included in 90% of people’s New Year’s Resolutions, and it’s something I want to try really hard in 2018. Procrastinate less, work more, and relish my free time.
So… those are my goals for next year! How about you? What—no matter how small—have you accomplished this year & are proud of? What resolutions do you intend to keep for next year?
Currently reading: WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER by Leigh Bardugo
Currently listening to: “The Return of the King” Original Score by Howard Shore