Monday, 12 January 2015

Eeeking again.

Happy New Year!

 It's now all of 12 days into the new year, and people are already letting go of their resolutions, which is why I generally don't make them. (My pilates teacher managed one day of her dry January. This is exactly why I go to her, she is a regular person, not some Infallible.)

I did however list a couple of aims last year. I wanted to up my game in 2014; more quantity and more quality.  I did the quantity . I wrote three 100k women's fiction vomit drafts. I cannot comment on the quality aspect. Most importantlythough I practiced plotting, writing to quotas and deadlines and the big one, the hardest; the finishing. I learnt how I write a vomit draft in a way that doesn't maim or kill me. 

This year then, I aim to do something with them. I need to learn how I best revise to a first draft without it maiming or killing me either. I'm aiming to do this to one of them by April. Then there's the 2nd, 3rd and more drafts.  I have done such things before, with YA stories, but I have somehow forgotten my practice. This time I aim to write it down as I go, so that I can remind myself again and again, until I have it down as routine.

Last year, the aims felt rather daunting, (the post back then was called Eeek! afterall) Now having done it, having worked out my method, it wasn't as bad as I thought. Considering that the concept of redrafting has me quaking too, I'm just going to have to dive in and with a bit of luck, the same might apply. 

I'm hoping - hoping rather than aiming - to have something in a some submittable state some day soon, late 2015/early 2016 say, because wouldn't it be ace to see one's aims, even if not resolutions, bear fruit?

What aims have you got for this year?

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