Well, after one of the most amazing, relaxing, joy-filled holiday seasons I can recall, here I am, back at work, back to being a code-jockey cube-dweller, facing endless weeks of repetition and drudgery.
So, we had a lot of fun over Christmas. And yeah, you know that writing project I was salivating over? Never happened. Not even a little. Well, okay, a little. But I don’t mind. Not really.
Holidays like this have been rare for me. The Lord blessed us with enough finances to do some very fun things for the kids, and still have leftover for snacks and cookies and movies. It was such a happy time, all I did when I was alone was pray in thanksgiving for the time, and play Angry Birds 2.
But I didn’t write much until after New Year’s Eve. I got a few thousand words into a new story, a stand-alone with no ties to any series (mistake, generally), and then I came to my New Year’s resolution.
It’s the same one a lot of writers seem to have this year. To write more. Focus on writing. Get more BICFOK time. And so, knowing if I don’t change it it won’t change at all, I decided to make my doldrums vanish by force.
I’m going to write for at least one hour every day. I’m posting it here for accountability, but I’m intent on one hour or more a day of just writing. New words preferably, but whatever.
So now it’s out there. But there are two things about this.
First, it means I’ll be blogging less. I can’t always blog at work, and when I’m at home I have to pick whether to blog, go on Facebook (UGH, really?), or write. So for 2016 and the foreseeable future, the choice becomes writing.
That means you’ll be seeing less of me here in coming months. Or maybe that’s a good thing? I dunno. Time will show I guess.
But for now, it’s going to be more BICFOK than ever for me. The goal, for this first run, is 300K words by December 31, 2016, 11:59 p.m. If I top that, great. If not, push for that number next time. And keep the fingers moving.
That’s not half what big timers like Dean Wesley Smith or some of the older pulp writers could output. But it’s a start. And I have an eye on something akin to 400K for 2017.
But 300K will buy me somewhere between four and six novel-length fiction pieces, but I’m not going to hold myself to long work. If I can output some short stories along the way, that’s fine by me.
Also, this is the year of Heinlein’s Rules. If I start something, then I’m going to finish it. And “finish” means irrespective of the length.
I also want to keep up the learning though. There’s a lot to becoming a good storyteller, and I’m not interested in becoming a good storyteller, I’m out to become a great storyteller. So the curve is sharp.
So that’s it. I’ll have to work to keep up my author blog, but I won’t be around here as much this year as I was last year. I still hope to put some free fiction up there, though, so maybe you’ll check me out over there when and if I do? Anyway, I hope you will, and I hope I do.
So that’s 2016. How’s tricks by you?