Saturday, January 1, 2011

[Resolutions] Year of Bringing Things to an End

I'm not a resolutions person per se. I know how life exists with the sole purpose to ruin all meticulous and labored plans just o see how you will react to the sudden change, so I know that plans have to be flexible. While I agree I need to define specific, measurable goals I also think that I need a margin of error.

This year I'm not going to push myself for wordcount goals. I'm going to focus on editing and 2011 will be the Year of Bringing Things to an End.

The main goal here will be writing every single day. The ceiling wordcount will be set at 2,000 words, when my schedule is not that demanding. The floor wordcount will be set at 500 words, just to keep the flow coming. Now January is my worst month, because I'll be studying for exams, so I expect 500 bursts of words every day with grand total of 15,000 words for January. November is a NaNoWriMo, so one novel or something like a novel will be produced in the novel department. No idea on what to choose and write.

This will be my focus. Currently I want to edit Crimson Cacophony in shape by March, when Angry Robot Books will host an open month for unsolicited manuscripts. I'm not sure whether that novel is my debut novel, but it's a novel that I think suits their style. So the deadline is February 28th. After this, my next project that I hope to edit is my super hero novel V is for Voltage. Deadline for this is October 31st. Considering how starting in May I will be working and studying, it's a realistic goal.

I'll complete all the stories in Lungs. I'm one third done, but I up the ante and finish all of the pieces. I want to finish before my writing alters and leave some entries marginally weaker by comparison. Then I have some short stories that I'd love to see finished and edited.

I think this is manageable. Somehow. Or maybe not...


Charles Gramlich said...

Luck, of course. Writing every day is incredibly important.

T.S. Bazelli said...

I like how you added in a daily cap, as well as a minimum :) That should help make it all more manageable.

Harry Markov said...

@ Charles: Thanks, I hope I keep it in mind to write every day, especially now during my exam session.

@Tess: Indeed, I certainly hope this makes it a lot easier to manage.