It’s January 2. Am I too late to get in on the year in review parties? Did you already tear down the decorations and put away the confetti? Really? What about the rum punch?
Well, never mind. I guess I’ll have to drink my own rum.
So what actually happened this year writing-wise?
- I finished my second draft of The Wedding of Earth and Sky and had it reviewed by two writer friends. Final draft will come out in 2013.
- I finished a total of eight short stories.
- I sold two short stories: The Typographer’s Folly and the The Suffragette’s Election. Both of these are going to appear in the early months of 2013.
This was hardly a breakout year, but it was decent, steady progress. The most remarkable event of the year was the fact that The Suffragette’s Election sold on its first submission, after lingering for four years in my pile of unfinished stories.
For 2013, the biggest thing that I regret is the fact that it takes me so long to finish a novel. Consider that Wedding was drafted first in 2011, second-drafted in 2012, and won’t be considered finished until 2013… which seems a little slow. In 2012 I pushed myself to finish at least 6 short stories (a target which I exceeded), and I think in 2013 I’ll be focusing on getting novels done in a reasonable time. I’m going to push Wedding through its final draft and start sending it to agents, and then I’m going to work on getting my next WIP all the way to a final draft in the same year.
The next thing that I intend to write is a novella rather than a full-sized novel, so this should be doable. We’ll see how it comes out.
Oh, and additionally, I joined Twitter just today. Content will be random and possibly nonexistent.
Here’s to 2013!
Writing novels can be pretty time consuming. Wising you the very best in 2013, including early well wishing for when you begin your query process.
Thank you. I wish you the best as well. Writing is such a lonely endeavour without people.