The new year is always the time to reflect on what we’d like to achieve in the coming year. And, writers, if you’re
masochists like me, it’s a good time to start considering your writing goals for the next year.
The ball has dropped, the champagne bubbles are flat, and we’re all getting used to writing 2014 instead of 2013… so it seems hard to keep putting it off.
Time for 2014 Writing Resolutions!
Generally, I’m not a resolution kind of gal, but last year, for the first time, I posted on writing resolutions for 2013 – and,
miraculously pleasantly- I pretty much managed to stick with them. I did complete revisions to my manuscript set in Abruzzo, Italy In the Shadow of the Apennines. I completed my time travel manuscript set in Bath, UK, Dark Blue Waves …although I am still tweaking and editing down. And I also finalized- and published- many short stories I’m gathering for a collection.
So, for 2014, I would like to finalize all my edits on Dark Blue Waves. I’d also like to finish writing my first multi-narrator novel. I wrote the first chapters, and then set it aside. This story takes place in contemporary Rome, with three very different women who meet and become friends after their lives fall apart. I’m having fun exploring the different voices of the characters, and switching between points of view for each chapter. By the end of the year, I hope to have a finalized and polished novel, and I’d still like to interrupt my novel often to write short stories. If I have time, I’d also like to start researching an historical Balkan novel I’ve wanted to write for some time… I’m guessing the actual writing will be next year’s writing resolution.
So, writers, what about you? Do New Year’s writing resolutions work for you? If so, what are yours?
With or without writing resolutions, a very happy and productive writing year to us all!