New Year, New Goals

2016 totally got away from me. I’m not sure how, one minute I was writing a post on this blog in May, the next thing I knew it was 2017.

Last year was a pretty great year for me. I spent a lot of time alone, with my thoughts and ideas. I got to wrap myself in creative pursuits, even though I didn’t progress on them nearly as much as I had planned.

I was really hoping to review and edit the first draft of the novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo in 2015 and that just didn’t happen. It wasn’t a good draft and I didn’t know how to fix it. I read several books on writing dealing with editing, scene and structure, description, character traits, viewpoints, and dialogue; but all that did was cause me to panic a little and realize how bad that draft really was. So, after much heart ache and debate, I decided to start over. So then I pondered my story for months. Writing is really difficult. I kept waiting for inspiration to hit and cause my fingers to fly over the keys coming up with the next New York Times Bestseller. But I got bupkis, nada, nothing, zilch. Apparently writing takes work, and lots of it.

So the goal for this year is to get super serious about putting in that work. Right now I would say that my writing is like a toddler, I have things I would like to describe and talk about but the works won’t come, so instead I throw my sippy cup down and have myself a nice littleĀ tantrum. That toddler idea is not mine, it came from this great article:

http://lithub.com/how-to-be-a-writer-10-tips-from-rebecca-solnit/#

My personal goal for writing is 500 words a day. I don’t think those necessarily need to be on one story. It could be a variety of things, including this blog. The idea is just to keep practicing and learning and moving forward toward the goal of a finished draft of a novel to submit for review and hopeful publication.

I am also hoping to read 20 books this year. I joined the reading challenge through Goodreads and will track books there. I will also post book reviews here. Last year I tried 20 books but I joined late and only got 12. Better luck this year!

And of course there are gardening goals as well. We shall start planning that in the next few weeks. Yay veggies!

Anyway, I should get to it. Have a great new year and I will talk to everyone soon!

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