Time to think about the upcoming year and what I hope to accomplish writing-wise. There are so many things I need to do MORE of, and yet the days are the same length as they ever were. I’m not sure what to make of that. Priorities are a nasty thing.
In 2006, I wrote one new novel, The Girl Who Cried Squid, during Nano. That means I had gone 11 months without creative writing. It was too long. I either need to write two books next year or slow down (skip Nano) and let the writing of one novel take much of the year. Which means I would need to learn to multi-task, and THAT is a problem in its own right.
In 2006, I revised two novels and a partial. Yikes, that doesn’t sound like a lot at all. I revised False Perceptions and I’m not happy with it (after feedback) so it’s shelved, at least for now. I revised Marks of Repentance and all the crits are now back. I plan to go through it again as soon as I complete the partial, Quest to be Queen. I always have this problem. I like writing first drafts better than I like revising, but the honest truth is that if each novel takes at least two additional drafts, then I need to block that into my schedule.
I thought I would start contacting agents in 2006, but I haven’t. Nothing has been ready. I refuse to send out something I don’t like. So I’m hoping again for this coming year.
What else is there? Conferences: I’m keeping an eye on a couple that may work out in 2007. Reading in the genre: trying to. Reading outside the genre: trying to. Networking: trying to.
So what are my plans for 2007?
1. Finish this revision pass on Quest to be Queen.
2. Complete one (or, if needed, two) passes on Marks of Repentance and GET THE THING KICKED OUT THE DOOR!
3. Write something. Maybe two somethings.
4. Revise something else if time permits. Squid?
5. Work on the recipe book project.
Writing contenders at the moment? Well, there’s the long-ignored 2yn project, Puppet Prince, but it’s not yelling all that loud. Currently there is a fantasy romance floating around in my head, something to do with this site on the matchmaking tradition. I asked Kaesa nicely, but she doesn’t want to play in the Puppet Prince world; she wants her own. **Rolls Eyes.
What are your goals for the coming year?