As the end of the year approaches, I’m trying to sort out what I accomplished, what I didn’t, and the why behind both so that I can better plan next year.
What I did not accomplish and why I think I didn’t:
I did not finish either rough draft that I intended to. That kinda stings since I had a whole freakin’ year to work it out. Why?
Partly the usual suspects: work, family, a great television season that slowed me down in spite of DVR.
Partly because I was (and still am) stuggling with certain aspects.
La Llorona is difficult because I’m trying to challenge myself into writing a little more literary than I normally do–because I need to pull off a certain effect and I think that particular style will serve my purpose. While it’s slower going than I anticipated, I feel that the writing is stronger here than in anything I’ve written yet. Nowhere to go but up, right?
The Line is tricky because while I think the concept falls under the auspices of the “High Concept of Fiction”, it also requires world-building because it’s set about 150 years into the future and that creates its own level of change–which I do not have a handle on as yet, making it harder to proceed. So after I set up a Bible (thanks to Ali for the suggestion….) then I will type through with flying colors, I’m sure.
Then there’s the part where I didn’t accomplish what I set out to do because, well, I accomplished other things.
Like writing a whole poetry book from scratch. Who knew? (I know, still not done, but no worries, it will be!)
Like finishing a submittable draft of Following Julia Roberts. And getting two partial requests after sending out 20 queries (check off that goal why don’tcha?). That’s a 10% request rate, and that’s pretty good right?
Plus all the critiques that I finished–and learned from. Thanks for it, guys! It’s like opening a present every time I pick up new reading.
On to sorting out what I’ll do, but probably not, for next year!
Jenny writes dark fiction that her mother hates. Her stories and essays have appeared in Across the Margin, Pantheon, Shimmer, Black Denim Lit, Skive, and others. When she’s not writing her own stuff, she’s reading mysteries for Criminal Element. When she’s not writing fiction or reviews, she’s writing/directing/performing/designing plays at Springs Ensemble Theatre.