I’ve decided to continue in 2013 with posting Facing Facts on the Fifth, sharing my writing goals and progress for the month. Last year, I was completely open and this year, I have decided to no longer share what I’m doing with my novels. Toward the end of 2012, I started thinking more of what I’ve heard several authors say, in particular I recall Michael Ondaatje and Siri Hustvedt at the NYS Summer Writers Institute each saying something along the lines of — I never share what I’m working on until I feel it’s as far as I can take it. So, I feel the need now to adopt that policy with my books. I’ll still discuss my other writings here.
My goals for December 6 through January 5 were “simple and few,” due to upcoming surgery and holidays:
1. Write a minimum of one page every day before surgery – anything – journal, new work, revising old work. Done.
1. Sit down and continue researching novel plan.Set up calendar and deadlines for 2013. Um, not discussing novel work in 2013, sorry.
2. Map out blog calendar for 2013. Begun, not done.
3. Read, rest and relax as much as the drugs allow. Done – read The Devil’s Highway by Luis Urrea which you MUST read if you want a better understanding of what’s going on at the U.S. border with Mexico and The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (debut novel!), an intriguing historical fiction with a white girl becoming part of plantation society in the late 1700s.
All in all, I’m comfortable with what I completed in that time period and what I kept moving along.
For January 6 – February 5, I’m posting the following quote in my work area:
“…To accept our limitations and to fulfill our potential take courage. Humility — accepting the truth — requires honesty.”
From Praying with Ignatius of Loyola by Jacqueline Syrup Bergan and Marie Schwan
I want to be reminded about fulfilling potential, that the steps I take — or don’t take — affect the future of my work. It takes courage to put the work out there, to get the expected “no thank you”s and to do it over and over again. But, perseverance is necessary in the writing world. To persevere, I want to be giving more and more time to my writing. You may recall that I’ve decided to track my exercise time in 2013 and make a donation to a local food bank, the Hunger Task Force, each month, based on the minutes I’ve moved. For this month, because I believe I’ve let my writing time slip, I’m going to work on increasing that time.
Specific (non-novel ) goals Jan. 6 – Feb. 5:
1. Track time spent writing and how time spent.
2. Prepare two residency applications.
3. Calendar and do three submission afternoons.
4. Update what I’ve read here and on Goodreads.
I hope 2013 will be all that you work for on your writing journey!