But looking back, my resolutions for 2010 were:
- Submit 12 short stories somewhere.
- Finish my three current longer stories.
- Re-edit Seeing Zombies
- Have one of those four long stories ready for submitting by December.
- Attend a writing conference/seminar/workshop.
- Choose one non-writing skill to practice/become certified in - possibly tech or library-related.I'd originally thought to get certified in Database Management, but that's a GIANT freaking book. Maybe something smaller to get back into learning with?Any suggestions?
How have I done? I submitted short stories.
That's it. Nothing else is finished. In fact, the story I'm working on now hadn't even been considered when I wrote those. I stopped working on Seeing Zombies when I realized the story needed a complete rewrite, not just another trip through editing. Long stories choked and stalled. The writing conference idea was tossed over for a trip to Chicago. Non-writing skill.... ??? Well, I'd already been sewing but I do have a new non-writing obsession. That counts right? Of course it does.
So short stories and non-writing obsession-- uhmm-- skill.
For the non-writers reading this I want to start my reflections with a well-known... I don't think it's a proverb, or a quote, but... a saying. A well-known writerly, writing, saying.
Successful writers are those who submit one more time than they are rejected.
Yes, of course I offer up my excuses first. Because I have stacked up the rejections and rejections hurt even knowing there are a thousand short stories written and offered up for each available slot in magazine or anthology. 16 form rejections and 4 personal rejections (saying they'd love to see my next story). My only story published this year was accepted last year. For those of you who haven't chanced this rejection yet, it's all true about varied tastes. Story1 got a personal rejection from Asimov and a form rejection from Lightspeed. Story4 got a form rejection from Asimov and a personal rejection from Lightspeed.
Yeah, I seem to be writing more scifi than usual -- especially in my short stories.
But now to learn from my experiences.
Rejection is disheartening. And it's harder to stick with writing when you've been... disheartened? The many sick days of the year don't help either, but I can't do anything about them. Also, putting time into submitting stories and writing new shorts for submitting made it harder to concentrate on one primary story. I haven't spent long blocks of time concentrating on any single story this year and I think it shows -- you know, in lack of completed novel.
So this year, I'm narrowing my goals.
This year, I will finish a frakkin' novel.
I'm not saying I won't write or submit any short stories -- I might get inspired by something -- but I'm saying I probably shouldn't and that they're not a goal.
This year there is only one goal.
And I will.
How about you?