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On writing: my plans for 2013

December 29, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

This year, I’ve decided to be approach my writing and the upcoming new year differently. In the past, I’ve pretty much just barreled into the year headlong, with no forethought and no clue to what I wanted to accomplish with my writing other than knowing that I wanted to write. All well and good, but I figured this year I’d try something that would help keep me focused and help me track my progress.

So here, in no particular order (that’s for you, DJ), are my writing goals for 2013:

  • Write a novel in a new genre (I’m a dark fiction/horror person typically).

  • Which one you might ask? Why a romance/love story, of course. What provoked me to stray so far away from my comfort zone? Well, in the past, I’ve had moments where I’ve felt compelled to write very short pieces of fiction (flash fiction to be exact) that were centered around love (check one out here and the other here if interested). But the real inspiration for this idea came to me over the last year as I spent time with my folks while my dad was ill. Sitting around with them and talking about their lives and how they met and all that happened over the years, it just seemed to lend itself to a beautiful love story. I have no idea if it will work, but I feel it strongly enough to give it a try.

  • Complete and edit Whispers.

  • This is a novel I started during NaNoWriMo 2010 and mostly finished during the months that followed. It’s a story about a young couple, their son, and an evil secret that forces them to face an ancient and malevolent force.

  • Write one new short story.

  • I’ve got many ideas, but I’m not sure which one I’ll choose, yet. I suspect I’ll just sit down and let inspiration take over.

  • Complete and edit The Last Descent,

  • This novel is about 2/3 complete and was written back in 1989/1990. I wrote it while I was waiting to hear back from publishers about my first book, The Light. (I talked about this way back here). It’s an apocalyptic story, one of those “end of the world” books, where people make some big mistakes and end up setting evil loose on unsuspecting world. It’s got a lot of great potential. My biggest obstacle so far has been trying to get my mind wrapped around the story as currently written so that I can figure out exactly where I was trying to go at the time. It will be a challenge, but if I can get it done I think it can be a great book.

  • Submit some of my work for publication.

  • My first attempt will be with Cemetery Dance Magazine, which is currently accepting unsolicited short story submissions. I have a few I think are pretty good, so I thought I would give it a try. I haven’t collected any rejection letters recently, so why not 🙂 Wish me luck!

Yes, these are pretty ambitious goals, but I figure the only way I’m going to get some serious writing done is if I set the bar high. If I don’t accomplish them all, well that will be okay, because even if I only accomplish a few of them I’ll have made tremendous progress. So, I plan to revisit these goals throughout the year and comment on how I’m doing. The prospect of doing so will, I hope, encourage me to do more of what I really want to do: write.

Anyone else setting goals for their writing next year?


  1. December 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Great job setting goals for your writing. This is something I’ve never been able to do and stick with it, but after reading your post I think I’m going to do the same thing. Good luck!

  2. December 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I need to do this. Good list and good luck!

  3. December 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I’m so glad you’re inspired to set these goals. Isn’t it wonderful to have different projects to work on? I’ve focused solely on one book for so long – it’s time to take a break and start the next one. I wish you well and am right there with you. Goals make it happen.
    Go Dave!

    • December 29, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Yes, it is. Like you, for quite a long time I was stuck working on just one book. It suddenly dawned on me that I could break things up and do several different projects. Whichever one sounds the most interesting on any given day, that’s the one I’ll work on 🙂

      Thanks for the encouragement. Let me know or post what your next project, or projects, will be.

      • December 30, 2012 at 5:59 am

        The only way I could stay with this story was it became three books! A mighty Irish epic historical fantasy – and boy did I love the research… I just completed some major edits and need to let it rest. Came close with an editor this summer at a small press – alas… well, you know how that goes. So, now I’m writing a fantasy ya and having a blast. No war. No death. Just a couple of kids in trouble with fairies! Sounds silly but I’m loving it.
        Ah well, it’s all good.

        You’re welcome for the encouragement – I really do believe when one of us succeeds, we all succeed.
        My best to you-

  4. December 31, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Way to go Dave! Sounds like some great goals to ring in the new year!

    • December 31, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Well, they are grand plans indeed. Nothing like shooting high, right? 🙂 How about you? Any plans for 2013 with your writing?

  5. January 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with your final paragraph, Dave. I think setting goals like this is similar to attempting NaNoWriMo; even if you don’t accomplish them all, you’ll have made some great progress.

    Writing in a new genre sounds interesting. It’s good to stretch our craft muscles a bit. SFD did that for me last year. I might have to try some short stories in another genre to force myself outside my comfort zone. Good luck and have a fabulous 2013!

  6. January 8, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Best of luck with your romance/love story. It’s a huge change from dark fantasty/horror. I don’t know if I could manage it without it continuously taking dark turns back into familiar ground.

    • January 8, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Hey, thanks for stopping by …

      Yeah, I know what you mean. Everything else I’ve ever written has always turned into some form of a horror story. The real impetus behind even thinking of trying something like this was that my father passed away about six weeks ago. After hearing so many of their wonderful memories form when they met and got married … I don’t know, it just would be a shame not to write it down somewhere. Know what I mean? It will definitely be a stretch 🙂

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