What do you hope to be writing in one year? Three? Five?
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Hope is the keyword in that question. Writing has always been one of the first things to go on the back burner for me, because “real life” takes over. It wasn’t until my sister took up writing and provided some much needed accountability that I buckled down and started realizing if I ever wanted to finish a story I was going to have to consider writing an important part of my “real life”.
That was about a year ago. Since then, writing has become a priority. Now I’ve got a first draft of a sci-fi/romance that took just over four months to write and two-thirds of a contemporary romance done. Pretty surreal to me seeing as my usual pattern was to plan the heck out of a story and then get bogged down in copious amounts of notes until I gave up several chapters in. Sometimes I’d half-heartedly poke away at a story for years. Actually finishing a first draft was a huge goal for me and now that I’ve accomplished that I’d really like to complete the next two books in the trilogy.
So what do I see myself writing a year from now? Hopefully book two and/or three in my sci-fi series because at this point I can’t imagine not finishing the whole story. I really want to see it through to the end. And, of course, I’d love to be writing for a real audience. Seeing as my contemporary romance is the one on hold right now, I also want to finish it off down the road sometime.
Thinking ahead three to five years just makes my head spin. While it’s fun to dream about other writing projects, I need to take things one day at a time and stay focused on revisions. The biggest thing though is giving myself permission to write. Maybe in the future I’ll dig through some of my old story ideas and see if any of them are worth taking off the back burner to polish up.
And yes, I had to clean my stove before taking that picture. Housework is the other thing that ends up on the back burner :) .