“Resolutions” are not a strong suit of mine. The longest one I’ve kept lasted two years and five days. The second longest was two weeks. So with that starling track record in mind, today I’m reflecting on 2012 to see which goals I need to redirect in 2013 concerning all things novel.
Last year I ventured out professionally for the first time: entering my novel in a contest, and a short story in another; attending a writing conference and pitching my manuscript to an agent; and making connections with other writers. All those experiences both inspired and challenged me to keep pursuing publication. If you’re working on a novel and you haven’t done any of these things yet, I encourage you to do so. The time and money are well worth the venture.
Yet laced throughout those moments of positives were months of struggle and doubt. Is fiction the right career path for me? Is this the avenue the Lord is calling me to serve Him? Are people really going to be interested in my work? Is this particular manuscript even worth the effort?
The last question has been one of the hardest to answer. After a number of ladies from my writers’ group read through the novel and gave their feedback, it became evident that were some areas that simply didn‘t work. And while I’ve torn the story apart and tried what seems to be a hundred different ideas, something still isn’t quite right. The story is good, but not yet worthy. So now what?
Instead of losing sleep over an issue that could take me another year to iron out, the manuscript is going in the proverbial ‘bottom drawer‘. A different manuscript, which I wrote during the summer when I was struggling and doubting, is now center stage. This new year is a time of redirecting, because as much as I love my characters and the heart of the story of the first manuscript, I’ll never grow if I keep working in circles.
Do you make resolutions and goals during the new year? What moves professionally are you wanting/planning to make in 2013?