My 2016 Writing Resolutions

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Read 30 Books

I know 30 books sounds like a meager amount to some, but hear me out. I’m in college full-time, will be drafting an entire novel this year, and will be spending 2+ months abroad with little-to-no access to personal reading material. I’ll likely end up reading beyond 30, but I don’t want to shoot myself in the foot by aiming too high.

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Publish The Final Advent

Okay, so this resolution is sort of a ‘gimme’ considering the book’s is almost totally ready, but it still counts! All I’m waiting for is one beta reader’s feedback, then a read-through with minor edits on my end, then bam! We are done!

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Draft The Immortal 

This resolution was actually on my list for 2015, but with how crazy the year was, it simply didn’t get done. I’ve already started drafting it–by which I mean I’m about 3 pages in–but I have a long ways to go. That being said, I’m SO INCREDIBLY excited to write this. It’s very different from the rest of my work, and hopefully will rip your hearts to shreds. <3

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Complete my Short Horror Story

I worked a bit more on the short sci-fi/horror piece in 2015, but I’ll admit it fell by the wayside as the year spun out of control. Still, I’m chipping away at the thing and am eager to see if anything will come of it! At the very least, it’s a good exercise.

Continue Subbing The Stolen Sun

This resolution is accompanied by a bit of good news! A few months back, I submitted TSS to the Writers of the Future Contest, established by L. Ron Hubbard. It’s an extremely well-regarded contest with big name judges, and tens of thousands of people have entered over the years. While I didn’t place, I received an honorable recognition, which thankfully is not the equivalent of a participation ribbon. Only about the top 5-10% of entrants earn an honorable mention in a given Quarter, which lets me know I’m on the right track! For me it’s at least a nod that I’m doing something right, if not a publication credit. So in 2016 I’ll continue plugging away and see if any publications will bite. ;)

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What are your 2016 writing and/or reading resolutions?

 

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5 thoughts on “My 2016 Writing Resolutions

  1. Congrats on the honorable recognition from Writers of the Future! That’s a pretty amazing anthology that comes out each year, so it definitely is a big thumbs up. I hope you find the right match for it to come out with soon!

    I have to say, I’m always impressed when folks post their goals online. It terrifies me, mostly because I’m very well aware of my ability to take A LOT LONGER than I thought I would. Even working steadily. Ha! But perhaps I should put out my own (realistic-ish?) post too…

  2. I wasn’t even brave enough to make New Year’s literary resolutions this go-round, just because I blew them so bad the last two years, LOL.

    So excited to see how TFA turns out and that horror short for sure! And don’t even get me started on THE IMMORTAL! :D <3

    • Lol, you totally should though! I use NY resolutions more as a means to guilt myself into writing more. It’s working for now at least! Haha.
      And thank you so much! THE IMMORTAL is really shaping up to be exciting. Already about 6k into it and am loving it!

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