Man, did it ever feel like Friday at work today. I almost put up a four line prose prompt, haha.
But no, your prompt, for whatever writing you feel like doing today, is: so this is the new year.
Today the first decade of the millennium draws to a close and many people are looking back over the year that was and, in many cases, the years that were.
Not me though. I’m looking ahead.
I’ve never been the sort that makes new year’s resolutions, mostly because hardly anyone ever sticks to them. I remember in university that the school gym was always more crowded at the start of January but would be back to normal by mid-February at the latest. I don’t really understand the psychology behind why people can’t stick to them, but there is evidence all around us that they can’t. So my thinking is quite simple: why even bother?
I resolve to do things when the time is right for me, not just because there’s a shiny new calendar on the wall. It just so happens that one of the things I’ve decided to do will be in January and I wanted to share it here because… well, it worked pretty well in November.
I started A Fighting Chance about a year ago, the first chapter appearing on Protagonize on January 2nd. Aside from a lengthy break in the middle of the year, I’ve been hacking away at it pretty consistently since then. Know how many words it’s at now?
That would be a lot more impressive if I hadn’t written 55,000 words in November alone for Lessons in the Dust.
I’ve decided that I’ve dawdled long enough. So here’s what I’m going to do: with a goal of 1,000 words per day, I’m going to finish the first draft before the end of January, 2010. I’ll be tracking my progress here, since NaNoWriMo taught me that public humiliation is a wonderful motivator. New chapters will be going up on Protagonize once I’ve edited them a bit, which I’m thinking will be at a rate of two chapters per week.
I have a pretty clear idea what’s going to happen with the rest of the story and I’m fairly confident things will draw to a close well before the 31st rolls around but we’ll see how it goes. Stories can surprise you, even when you’re writing them yourself. Perhaps especially then.
Once that first draft is done I’m planning on beginning the editing process on Lessons in the Dust. This is tentatively planned for February but I’ll see how the timing works out. After that… I’m leaving myself open to whatever may come my way the rest of the year.
And of course I’ll be making time for getting hitched to the woman I love at the end of July.
Happy New Year’s to you all, and may 2010 bring you all the happiness and good fortune you can handle.
Just don’t go making any new year’s resolutions. Make them new life resolutions instead.