2017 Writing Goals

14 Jan

So here it is. Fresh start. Let’s pretend for just a minute that we meet here regularly and that I share and you appreciate this sharing. Are you with me? Good.

I wrote up some writing goals for myself for this year. Mostly because I truly believe that goal setting is important but also because I’m just used to doing it. So here they are in no particular order, my 2017 writing goals.

  1. Finish my re-write of Lycanthropy and dig in on editing the manuscript. Last year I wrote two novels (!!) one of them being Lycanthropy. It’s been a great exercise in writing and plotting and I’d like to try to make it good enough to send out for querying. That may not happen (because though I love Lycanthropy it changes literally every time I work on it).
  2. Rewrite and Edit Through Time and Space. TT&S is the second novel I wrote last year. I REALLY like it (though I haven’t picked it up since I wrote it). When I finish this current Lycanthropy re-write I’d like to go back and edit/re-write this manuscript. AGain with the end goal being to use it for querying.
  3. Write and submit three short stories. My intention this year is to write my main MS on the week days and then write short stories over the weekends. This allows me some space from my novels to think and re-group and lets me play  a little in the short fiction realm. Clearly that means I’ll write more than three stories this year but I’d like to write three stories that I feel are strong enough to submit and do so.
  4. Participate in more local writing events. For me the major one is LitQuake.
  5. Write a new novel.
  6. Apply to at least one writing workshop, retreat or class. Possible:
    1. Voices at VONA
    2. Clarion West
    3. Viable Paradise
    4. Lambda Literary
  7. Be a part of the literary community consistently. What does this mean? Going to readings, beta reading for other writers, talking (harder than you think) to other writers and generally growing in my community.

 

Is that a lot of goals? I can’t tell. Anyways, that’s what I have going on. What about you?

I don’t write poems any more but I wrote this one for you

26 Sep

I am sick[1] of people dying

Not just grandma’s and grandpa’s past their prime

But Uncles and fathers who

Look like “bad dudes” from

Far away

A sort of brutal Monet

So much fear from far away

So old it has been in the Americas as long as we[2] have

How many times have I stood in

Neutrality because my God said so

While someone died

For reading

The old habits are not dead

Only rewritten as law

As blue blood over brown skin

I worry for my children[3]

Who have yet to be born

[1] I am a black woman I cannot get sick

[2] A misnomer because we didn’t want to be here and we stole the land from those who were here

[3] Brown children are not children but thugs and lawless animals

Another one bites the dust!

10 Apr

Just finished my rewrite :). Super excited but ready to get back to work.

 

Also today is the Nicholl fellowship regular deadline.

Finished!

6 Apr

I finished a script guys.

That’s the second script of the year!

To celebrate I bought myself two Patricia Briggs novels(Blood Bound & Iron Kissed) since I’m trying to build up my collection of books I’ve read and liked.

Next steps are to finish this rewrite and then start working on the rewrite of the script before this one. 🙂

What have you been working on? What are you feeling accomplished about right now? Share!

March Summary

3 Apr
  • Read 1 Script
  • Rewrite in process
  • New Script in process
  • 1 writers group meeting

Prompts from the writer’s group: 3/25

25 Mar

We didn’t meet today. Everyone’s schedules are insane. That’s the way it is sometimes.

Instead I am seated very respectably in front of a whole foods. Scooping hippies and hipsters, waiting on the light of my life to arrive.

I didn’t want you all to go with out. So here is a prompt:

Write about your name. Whatever that means for you.

I have this vision of you sitting down in the morning in front of your journal writing a short story or a poem or a scene.  Are you writing?

Good.

February Summary

2 Mar
  • Rewrite in process
  • Read 3 scripts
  • 1 Successful Writers group meeting

Prompts from the writers group

27 Feb
  • Write to a picture
  • Red (or Thread depending on your hearing)

This pleased me more than I can say…

23 Feb

http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/watch-to-the-academy-and-all-people-in-the-film-business-we-need-to-do-better-20150219

Link–Twitter Rant

22 Feb

http://gointothestory.blcklst.com/2015/02/twitter-rant-mike-sweeney-on-focusing-on-the-quality-of-your-spec-scripts-not-the-quanity.html