Since this is the last #IWSG post for 2012, I thought I'd do an end-of-year round up. Filled with anguish, of course.
This year, I've written four novels (first drafts, I hasten to add!), each varying in length. If I add last year's NaNo novel, I now have five first drafts under my belt, and I love each of them dearly.
So, why didn't I just write one novel at a time, from first to final draft, like a normal writer?
Looking back, I was too insecure to take these first drafts further, so moved on to another project and put everything else on my "To Be Written Properly" shelf.
I guess 2012 was my year of learning how to write, voraciously and inexhaustibly.
Aside from the WIPs, I've filled several notepads with notes, ideas and observations. I keep a journal on my laptop (started on 1st Jan 2012), which is now on its 296th page (with size 8 font to keep prying eyes away!). I write two pages as soon as I get out of bed, before I get ready for work (it's disgustingly difficult, but always worth it). If I'm not writing, I'm thinking about writing. If I'm blogging less on here... it's because I'm writing instead of talking about writing.
It's fair to say I'm
2013 will be my year of learning how to write well.
The end of NaNo left a big gap in my writerly life. I'm filling this month with writing craft exercises and extreme notepad entries, but I feel like I'm weaning myself off the high-volume output, ready to get set for... *drum roll* editing.
I'm happy with my structure, action and dialogue. I'd just prefer to articulate the words in a more... beautiful manner. I take great pleasure from reading a well-written book (such as The Blue Notebook by James A. Levine, or The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford) and I hope to create that same enjoyment in anyone who reads my books.
I'm terrified I won't live up to my high expectations. But we'll see.
So... here's to a year of writing well.
What are your goals for 2013? How has your 2012 been? I'd love to know!
Please visit all the other lovely people on the Insecure Writer's Support Group. We all thrive on encouragement, we really do.
Catherine x ◦