I know it’s a little early to be talking about goals, especially since only a few of them have been started in my case, but I thought what better motivation than to put some of my plans into writing so that I can hopefully follow through on them.
Being a writer at heart is kind of like being in a never-ending boxing match. You’re afraid to quit, but you’re also afraid what will happen if you keep giving it your all. What if your all isn’t enough?
Well, I can say that this is a struggle that I’ve dealt with in the past, mostly in between my college years and up until two years ago when I had a dry spell with my writing. I was afraid that whatever story I chose to write would be mediocre, and so I ignored the call to write pretty often. Thankfully that didn’t last too long and I battled my first novel-length book and haven’t looked back.
A lot of articles lately have talked about indie publishing as a business. I won’t deny that it is certainly that, but I had to forget for a month or two that I was writing with the intent of putting my words out into the world. I had to look back to a time where I wrote just for myself, for my own entertainment and joy of seeing where the story would go, in order to get past the old fear that my story wouldn’t be good enough. After all, if it was good enough for me, then there had to be somebody out there who might also like it, right?
And so, with all that said, my biggest goals this year are to write more stories than I did last year.
I sat down and made up a list of possible books, and I’ve started two of them in my down time. One is going a lot faster than the other, and I hope to have some news to announce about it in the near future. What I know for sure is that putting pen to paper after finishing up The Entity has felt really good. I’m doing a lot of practice getting into the place where Robert Olen Butler says you are in a waking dream, allowing the story to flow naturally from my imagination. I think this is what I’ve been doing most of the time, and I can see that where the stories I’ve written in the past were largely stopped by my own forcing of the plot. I don’t plan on doing any more of that moving forward.
When everything clicks, you can feel it.
I also plan on reading a lot more books this year. There are many series that have been on my shelf for years that I have not gotten to. Specifically I’d like to move through the Wheel of Time series and also most of RA Salvatore’s Forgotten Realms series. I may also try re-reading the Harry Potter books. Those are no effort at all! (And I love them so much.)
So, those are my goals as an artist and a writer. They may be lofty, but I’m sure that I can make a good dent in them.
What about you? Any crazy goals for the new year? I wish you all the best in them! With determination, we can do it!