November was National Novel Writing Month and thousands of writers set out to write 50,000 words over the 30 days. I’ve tried at least twice without reaching the goal (I came close in 2012). If you took on the NaNoWriMo challenge, well done. Don’t give up on that piece of writing. Many novels started life as NaNoWriMo challenges. To those of you who completed the 50,000 words; congratulations! That is an accomplishment worth celebration. But don’t celebrate too long because 2014 is approaching fast and we have to get ready for it.
Millions of resolutions are made on December 31 every year. Lose weight, save money, get out of debt, eat healthier are all examples of New Years’ Resolutions made and often broken this time of year. Writers should also make resolutions that will help push their careers forward. A very good friend of mine writes down each of his resolutions so that towards the end of the year he can review each resolution and see whether he accomplished the resolution or not. That’s what we’re going to do today. Get out and pen and paper and let’s get writing.
With the heading, “2014 Writing Resolutions” at the top of the page, start a list of what you want to accomplish before 2015 arrives. Take some time and write out a list of specific writing projects you want to complete throughout 2014 and assign months to the work so you’re creating a schedule for yourself. Below is my list for 2014.
– Bi-monthly Blog Posting (24 posts in 2014)
– Write a brand new screenplay from scratch (Jan – Sept)
– Prepare (research) for NaNoWriMo (Oct)
– Write 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo 2014 (Nov)
– Write a holiday-based short story (Dec)
That’s one long list of writing. If I can complete each item on the list I will have 1 new screenplay, 1 new 50,000 Novel (first draft) and 1 new short story (also first draft). That is a very optimistic year but I know I have the time to complete each item, as long as I get started right on January 1st. So throughout December I’m going to begin by buying a new notebook for the screenplay and start coming up with some of the story details. The mid-December blog post will be about a new schedule I’ve created that will get any writer from a blank note book to a completed screenplay in just 10 weeks. This is what I want to test from January to March next year (with rewrites and polishing lasting until September).
During December 2014 I’m going to refer back to this list and we’re going to review what I have accomplished compared to what I have written here. I may not have completed all the projects, but I hope to have at least 24 blog posts and one of the three projects completed.
NOTE – I’ve posted an older Christmas story I wrote a couple of years ago. Please enjoy and let me know what you think.
See you in a couple of weeks,