It’s been a hell of a year. I found two critique partners, both of whom I’m incredibly luck to have. I’ve found a writing mentor whose life seems to be on a track strangely similar to my own. And while I finished the first draft of a new novel, the one I thought was finished for sure is back in revision-land. Oh, and did I mention that my husband and I moved four times in four months?
I’m finally starting to feel like a working writer rather than a dabbler. In that vein, here’s what I’d like to get done over the next year:
- Revise Pomegranate Seeds by Jan 25, in time for PitchWars. I’m still not convinced that this is possible, but Suzanne has assured me that it is. Since she had the wisdom to pick my novel out of the slush, I’m going to go ahead and believe her on this one.
- Apply to Clarion West. Because Neil Gaiman is teaching this year. And because, Clarion. Plus, it will force me to put together a pitch and synopsis for Railroad.
- Speaking of which, revise Railroad and start submitting it to agents. I figure it’s got one major revision and one round of line edits before it’s ready. Realistically, that means it probably won’t go out until fall of next year, or perhaps as a Baker’s Dozen debut.
- I’d also like to write and submit a few short pieces. I’m not entirely sure where the time for this is going to come from, but one of the things I really like about short fiction is the ability to try out something different. Of course, submitting short fiction will mean needing to read short fiction will mean even more short story magazines on my Kindle that I keep meaning to read when I have a few minutes…
And that’s it. I’m not going to worry about getting an agent, or selling a novel, or getting published. Instead I’m going to write, and keep writing, and talk to writers, and critique other people’s work, and listen to what other people have to say about my work, and write, and keep writing.