I had a lot of goals for this year. Part of me thinks I’m lazy, but mostly, I think my goals were too ambitious and I was too unorganized with my approach to acheiving them.
One of the most important things I learned this year is that I am a marathoner, not a sprinter. I so desperately want to be that person who can lock themselves up in a cabin for 4 days and walk away with a first draft, but I’m not. If I skip a day of writing, I find it difficult to even write 500 words the next day. I need to be more disciplined with writing (and a lot of things in my life) and this discovery will play a big part in the goals I set for myself in 2012.
While some months and weeks were better than others, for the most part, I didn’t totally abandon the blog for long stretches of time. I hope to post even more (3-4 times a week) in 2012.
Novels and such
I wanted to rewrite my manuscript, write a new manuscript, and finsih a third manuscript. I rewrote my manuscript and did one round of queries before realizing I queried too early. After that, I had a number of false starts and couldn’t fall in love with anything enough to see it through to the end.
I took a break and wrote two short stories (one still needs to be rewritten), which was refreshing. It was exactly what I needed and I’m now almost three quarters of the way through a rough draft for a contemporary YA novel.
I have an idea for an MG fantasy that I wanted to finish in 2011 (the idea has been floating around my head since 2009). Now the plan is to get to it in 2012. At the very least, I did a ton of necessary world building in 2011, which will enable me to write the story (and um… you know, actually have a plot).
Writing – Screenplays
I completed a rewrite for a family comedy that I wrote in 2010. This rewrite was extensive and exhausting, but I think it turned out really well. I also wrote the first draft of an action-comedy. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. I’m currently halfway through rewriting it and hope to finish in 2012. I really love working on this script.
I could have done a lot worse. I could have written nothing and learned nothing. Next year I hope to be satisfied with what I have accomplished.