Thinking about annual goals is difficult for me. I hate setting wildly optimistic ones but later having to admit, that life and the day job got in the way of the creative writing.
Maybe the best thing for me in 2023 is to have a few key phrases to stand in for formal goals:
- Create inventory
- Do the writing
- Get to a conference or a film market
I think many writers put undue pressure on ourselves I regards to performance goals.. Every screenwriter thinks they should output more. Every novelist is in awe of someone who writes more novels per year than they do. I believe the key is still balance. Those who sacrifice quality of writing for quantity of words don’t keep their audiences. Balance is key, write as much as you can write well.
My between Christmas and New Year activity proceeds. The ‘knitting’ MOW that now takes place at Christmas is my first priority, but I’m also getting a few short stories out to SFF markets.
I spent this weekend downtown in Vancouver, did the holiday gathering from my day job, met friends for the Christmas Market and bought gifts, and went down to shop today. There’s a great holiday feel downtown at this time of year. The Bay had a Santa! There’s a huge Christmas tree in front of the Art Gallery. Lots of trees and lights. I decided to take some photos for a vision board for my Xmas movie idea. I’m combining my knitting idea called “Pull the Wool” with the format and settings of a holiday movie.
I’ve been thinking again about issuing a small book of my previously published short stories and poems. It would be more or less a labour of love because I doubt that it would sell widely. However, a lot of my friends have shown interest in it.
If nothing else, as a testament to small magazines that featured work over the years. I challenge anyone, for example to find issues of that Sudbury, Ontario SF magazine that I had two short stories in during the 1990s. Don’t know whether I will or not. It could be a fun project to get me into the big world of Amazon and how to do a future novel or series.
Jessica and I are “Film Gals” and I thought I’d share our Happy USA Thanksgiving card.
New writing news? I’ve got a lot of submissions out there again for short stories. Working on revisions of the three that I had WORDOS critique.
A beautiful Autumn day today. Took a walk to a local coffee shop and sat down with the notion that I’d create a new story. The beauty of settling down somewhere outside my house is the lack of distractions. I did create the story idea, so the trip was a success. I must now write it up. Then there are the revisions, but to get the whole idea is a win.
It’s hard to get time to write, but it’s also hard not to write 🙂 because I have so many ideas and projects to work on.
Currently, I’m working on an idea for our Wordos Halloween party – we each write a flash fiction piece and read it out during the meeting.
It’s fun and a challenge. Much of writing is puzzle-solving, I find, although I do love using language, creating metaphors, etc.
For this challenge, we get 1000 words and three prompts, one of which or all of which we can use.
My story is going to be called “Shambolic Manor”… and more on that once it’s done!
So pleased to announce that I am a Finalist for the Writers of the Future, Vol 39, Quarter 1, 2022 competition!
It’s the highest level I’ve achieved, and means I was in the top 8 for this quarter.
–> WOTF blog