New year, new post. And who can avoid talking about their new resolutions? No one (or so it seems). Not even me.
Of course, in order to look forward, we must first look back.
In 2009, I learned what I wanted to write. Not Serious Literary Fiction, as I had always imagined. But rather, fun and awesome stories that “the mainstream” would enjoy. Bye bye Pulitzer, hello imagination.
In 2010, I learned how I write best. I’m not a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pantser, who can spit out 10,000 words in a day. (Okay, I did it once, but it almost killed me.) Nor am I a down-to-the-last-detail planner, who knows every scene and beat before it comes. No, I work somewhere left of the middle, and I need to be focused on the story, not quotas, in order for my words to fly.
So in 2011, I hope to combine those two learnings and make… awesomesauce!
(Yeah, it’s my new favorite term. So what?)
Specifically, my goal is to bring new pages to my crit group every week. I figure this will naturally force me to develop good habits (i.e., self-discipline) and naturally engender other positive results (i.e., a finished manuscript).
That’s it. Just one goal. One “resolution,” if you will. It’s pretty simple.
But of course, in 2009, I didn’t know that I didn’t know what I wanted to write. And in 2010, I didn’t know that I didn’t know how I write best. So I’m sure I’ll learn something I didn’t know that I didn’t know in 2011. I just hope it’s not too slow or painful…