The new year’s approach always brings a slew of resolutions, and I am no exception to the rule. I would like to take some time to reflect on the things I have accomplished as a writer this year and the things I hope to accomplish next year.
This year’s accomplishments…
- I finished writing my 2014 NaNoWriMo (Runaway, 76k) and just finished its first round of revisions. It is, I believe, my strongest novel yet.
- I won NaNoWriMo 2015, making it my sixth consecutive year of NaNoWriMo wins.
- I finished my NaNo 2015 project (Tempestuous v2, 51k) 12 days after the end of NaNoWriMo; the draft took 42 days to complete, start to finish. That is the fastest I have ever completed a novel.
- I overcame my fear of sharing my work and sought beta readers for my novels.
- I completed several rounds of edits on my completed 2014 Camp NaNoWriMo (Sigma Radiant, 76k).
- I had a short story accepted for commercial publication for the first time. (It comes out in February!)
- I enrolled in my dream school to begin studying creative writing and took my first creative writing class.
- I won some cash in a poetry prize.
- I found a whole collection of awesome writing groups to become part of (Writers’ Association at my school and 10 Minute Novelists and Book-in-a-Week online).
- I collected a couple of new writing buddies.
- Next week (hopefully before 2016), I will hold a print copy of a novel I’ve written in my hands.
Resolutions for next year…
- Do and win NaNoWriMo 2016.
- Write a novel without the help of NaNoWriMo (Tempestuous v3).
- Finish editing Sigma Radiant and Runaway.
- Start submitting Runaway to agents.
- Finish editing Tempestuous v3.
- Successfully complete 350k Club (in my case, 250k Club) in 2016.
- Write more short stories and submit them to more markets.
- Do more beta reading.
- Make more writing buddies!
- Blog regularly. I’m thinking Monday Writing Articles, Wednesday Personal Updates, and Friday Writing Updates. That may end up being way too ambitious, but we’ll see.
- Read more books.
- Continue to grow, learn, and better myself as a writer!
I’ve had so much fun this year and am ready to take on 2016. What are some of the things you’ve accomplished in 2015? What are some of your resolutions (writing-related or not) for 2016?