Looking past my post holiday blues, I’m actually excited for the new year. 2010 was a strange year for me as my professional life swallowed me up for most of the year but I did manage to do some writing including participating and winning Nanowrimo. This year was a little harder to get to that 50,000 words because I broke the rules. I was reading and editing the story as I went. I did not outline nor flesh out the story, instead I just tried to wing it as I did the previous year. During the process, I realized the difference between the two years. I had been planning my first Nanowrimo story for a year. I really wasn’t winging. I had an outline in my head and I write better when I do.
So I broke the rules, and kept editing and refining my novel as I wrote it. I made it to the 50,000 in time, but just barely. But I also learned a few things about myself in the process. I learned that I need to start writing down my ideas and that I need to start approaching my writing with more structure. So to that end, I’m going to set myself a few writing goals.
- I want to start blogging on a more consistent basis instead of four times a year. I’m hoping for once a week to start and maybe more.
- By the end of the year, I want to have completed at least the first two edits of my Nano novels.
- Write and finish two short stories.
If I can complete these goals, I will be ecstatic. I have a day job that takes over forty hours a week so time management will need to be my friend. I also need to avoid a certain black hole that draws in all my free time.