A Look Back
A lot happened last year. One year ago, I started seriously writing. Not just writing for the sake of it, but writing for a purpose. In this case, to get a story published. To say, "I did it". To that end, I wrote two children's stories and submitted them. So far, nothing. I have revised them and will be submitting them to different publishers soon.
Six months ago, I started blogging. The purpose? To write. To get ideas out of my head so that I could focus on writing stories. It's worked so far. I've been able to focus a little more when I get the clutter out. An end result was that I was able to submit a short story, The Forgotten Arch, to Lulu.com's short story competition as part of NaNoWriMo. Although, I didn't make it into the top 3, I did learn a lot about self-publishing and it was a great experience. I also ended up with a great start to a larger story. I've been fiddling around with it in my head (nothing on paper yet) and need to stop wasting time and just write it (self-sabotaging is a problem sometimes!).
A Look Forward
The future is always in flux, but I will make some resolutions. It will be interesting to look back at the end of the year and see if any of them come to pass.
- I am taking a class in a couple weeks on creative writing. I thoroughly expect to enjoy it as well be challenged by it. It will last the entire Spring semester and I expect to have several posts on topics related to the class. I've read most of the textbook and you'll see mention of it in earlier posts.
- Write more. Blog more. I have a lot of ideas swimming around in my head and I need to stop playing around and get them out. I really slacked off in December and I paid the price for it mentally. I plan on getting a journal to help writing bits and pieces as they come to me. I thought just using a computer would be enough, but I've found that I don't always want to sit down and type. So, pen and paper will be another outlet.
- Submit poetry/prose to more competitions. There are a couple local competitions coming up that I am wanting to submit work to. Both of them involve publication in a literary journal. Even if I don't get anything published, I know it will be a positive experience.
- Submit "Sir Grumpsalot" and "Bobby and the Big Split" (both kids stories) to new publishers. I've revised them, I just need to submit them
- Participate in NaNoWriMo (held in November). This is a big one and will require a serious time commitment on my part. However, I think it will be really awesome. In order to participate, I will need to get in the habit of writing regularly. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. That translates into over 1600 words a day. Definitely need to limber up for that.
Thanks for reading my various postings in 2011. I hope to see you all continue reading and following my journey.
Till next time