Fast approaching is Chinese New Year: the year of the dragon. Dragons are all about being big, bold, powerful, graceful and stunning. Not to mention, they have a great sense of style. At least, that's what I'm lead to believe.
I have a lot of goals this year, and not all of them pertain to writing. I want to be healthier, run a 1/2 marathon, read 100 books and hike once a week. [I also want to win the lottery and buy an island.]
But my writing goals are as follows:
- Finish my 2011 Nano Novel (no, I haven't finished it yet.)
- Revise the 2011 Nano Novel to completion/near completion
- Participate in either Camp Nano or Nano (I haven't decided which one I want to do yet)
- Begin work on a new novel, either for Nano, Camp Nano or other
Lots of stuff to do. I have to say, I haven't been terribly motivated in regards to writing. It's been crazy at work and will likely stay that way, and I find my creative juices are running a little thin lately. But I'm hoping that the new year will bring new ideas, and some big, bold ideas.
I hope my dragon form is as flashy in reality as it is in my head.
Step one: actually continue writing.
I've thought about it. I swear I have. I've even opened the file. But then I get distracted, or discouraged, or [insert other excuse here]. I just need to put some time aside, get my head in the game, and commit to it. I think I'm going to start slow, with... say... 1 hour a week writing time. And each week I'll up my time, until I'm at an hour a day.
Step two: be amazing.
Maybe I should be amazing before I write, but I really think that once I start writing again, I'll start believing I'm super amazing (at it) again. And then I'll read what I wrote in a year or so and wonder why I ever thought such drivel was publishable. Ha-ha. You know how those crazy artistic folks are. We're not happy when we're amazing, and we're not happy when we're not amazing. Mostly, I'm a perfectionist, and I need to recognize that nothing and no one is perfect and I shouldn't hold myself to those kinds of standards. Period.
Step three: be the author/dragon.
It's pretty much a combo of part one and part two.
So that's that. My plan. The big blueprint. The grand design. Now, let's get crackin'!