Things I was happy with in 2015:
- Taos Toolbox
- Getting to more face to face critique meetings (they meet monthly)
- Joining a fabulous online critique group (they meet weekly)
- Starting MFA program
Things I was unhappy with in 2015:
- Having MFA homework cost enough writing time to not make an open call for novel submissions/edit two shorts
The one word that best characterized 2015 was learning. That will probably be the case for 2016, as well as “career.”
The MFA experience showed me that I can produce under deadlines. That I had even more energy and commitment to write than I knew. But, for the sheer amount of time it took to produce “A” quality work, I couldn’t develop my own projects.
So, I took a leave of absence for the spring semester. I want to take the level of energy and work from that semester’s experience and apply it to my own stuff. For the next six to nine months, I’m going to see what real commitment to walk the path looks like. I realize that Taos Toolbox gave me an awakening that this is a business, a job, and I need to treat it as such. It’s no longer a hobby.
With that mindset, here are my New Year’s goals.
Goals for 2016:
- Finish novel
- Shop novel/look for agent
- Write/submit six short stories during the year
- Apply to writing workshops so I can keep developing my craft.
- Begin sequel of novel (already 1/3 to nearly 1/2 plotted)
- Somewhere, if time permits, work on the first novel of a trilogy with another set of characters, and in another world of my devising.