Wow, another year has come and gone. I have to say that this year has been the best year for me writing-wise since I started my journey to become a published author in 2004. I thought it would be fun to take a quick recap of my 2009 Writing Year and give a glimpse into my 2010 plans.
January - July 2009
I spent the bulk of 2009 working to complete my first draft of my first completed novel. The journey for "Werelove: Dusk Conspiracy," started in November 2008 as a NaNoWriMo novel (I managed a little over 40,000 words) and steadily progressed to a finished first rough draft on July 31, 2009 with a word count of 85,960 words.
August - December 2009
Samhain Publishing had put out a call for submissions for its space opera anthology contest. Though I had known about the contest for a little while, I was consumed by Werelove and wanted it finished first. I wrote the novella form of "Jewels" in one week and with the help of several writing buddies, managed to get it edited and turned in. It didn't make it, which was a little disappointing. I decided then to go back and add more to the 27,450 words already existing.
I still had more story to tell and the work of fleshing it out began. The novella went from 12 chapters to 14 chapters and became a novel. My enthusisam for "Jewels" was so contagious that one of the librarians from my local library asked to read and edit "Jewels." Thanks to her insights and encouragement, "Jewels" sits at 16 chapters with close to 55,000 words.
I also started on a short story for another anthology, The Writer's Support Group: The Writer's Challenge, which I will finish in January 2010.
In November, I once again participated in the NaNoWriMo contest and turned out my third novel for the year, called "Mine Dreamer" which is set in the same universe as "Jewels" but focuses on a different part of the culture. I hit the 50,000 word goal and celebrated my success. The current word count on this one is roughly 55,000 words contained within 18 chapters.
The other great thing that I did during the second half of 2009 was to form an online Writer's Support Group, in an effort to help my fellow writers that needed encouragement and support, as well as a place to pool knowledge and resources about writing and the publishing industry. I wanted to give something back to those who helped me learn so much in the last few years about writing and publishing.
So what about 2010?
I've made definite plans and goals for 2010 and here they for your reading pleasure:
- Submit "Werelove: Dusk Conspiracy" to the Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) contest. The prize: a publishing contract with Penguin Books.
- Self-publish "Jewels." It will be available via Createspace/Amazon on February 19, 2010.
- Complete the short story, "Sierra's Protection," for the Writer's Challenge Anthology.
- Edit and revise, "Mine Dreamer."
- Complete first draft of my fantasy novel "Moonbeams and Moonlight," which has been patiently waiting since 2004 for me to complete it.
- Attend Oasis and Necronomicon and set up a table at each event to promote my novel(s).
- Self-publish "Werelove" (if it does win) and self-publish "Mine Dreamer."
- Start the writing on my middle grade fantasy/mythological story that I'm writing for my oldest daughter who really wants to read mommy's work.
And if all my writing goals weren't enough, I will be graduating from Kaplan University with a Bachelors in Accounting. How's that for a busy year?
May everyone fulfill at least one goal or dream. Catch everyone on the flip side.