Today is January's contribution to Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group.
Why am I an Insecure Writer this month?
The fact that I failed to complete last year’s writing goals.
To tell the truth, I didn’t even come close.
My 2013 goals were fairly simple. First, to finish the fan fiction story I’ve spent the last five years writing (mostly to teach myself how to write) and second, to make significant progress on the first draft of my own, original story. Last January, I felt these were realistic goals as I had already finished the first draft of the fan fiction story and since I already had 30k words of the new story under my belt – thanks to 2012’s NaNoWriMo.
Progress on finishing up the fanfic proceeded at a reasonable pace until I made the fateful decision to work on both stories simultaneously. This shouldn’t have been a problem – I’m good at multitasking – but I eventually became obsessed with the notion that I wouldn’t allow myself to do any more work on the fanfic until I was satisfied with the first chapter of the new story. Thus began an incredibly frustrating three month period in which I must have revamped that first chapter ten times while searching for the right way to open the story. So both stories stalled. And then, to make matters worse, I began teaching a night course in chemistry in September and all writing pretty much came to a halt.
The good news? The class is finished and it’s a new year, which means I get to reset my expectations. Oh, the relief!
So what are my goals for this year? Essentially the same as last year, although I plan on becoming more active with social media. I might even get around to moving my blog over to Wordpress. We’ll see.