It's that time of year again. The time when you stop to review your life so far this year, before a new one begins. I think as writers, this is a particularly important time for us. This is the time we take stock of our accomplishments, whether it be financially, or based on the number of times you've been published as a freelancer, or how many words you've written towards your novel or short story. But really I guess, we should be grateful for any type of work we are able to finish, or even the fact that we saw our name in print, even if it was just once.
I had a bit of a disappointment this year myself, but have resigned myself to the fact that there is always next year. In September of this year, I signed up for the San Francisco's Writer's Conference, coming up in February 2011. I was in the process of turning a short story that I wrote titled, "Blood Pressure" into a full-length novel of the same name. I guess you can say I naively thought I could finish an entire novel in just 6 months. Turns out I was right, I couldn't. Though I am fortunate enough to work 20-24 hours a week at my dad's dental office, plus the fact that I get time off whenever I want, it still wasn't enough to allow me to finish a novel. So, I had to cancel my hotel reservations and request my money back. I felt like a failure, but am continuing to work on my novel.
My New Year's Resolution is to finish the novel by late summer and start submitting it to agents. I did, however, fulfill one goal, and that was to get published in two new publications, which I did! Tropical Fish Hobbyist and Writer's Journal.
I'd also have a yearning to travel and would love to find a conference that isn't so close to where I live. Boston, or Maine are my two fav picks.
Tell me, what are your New Year's Resolutions?