My goals don’t change a lot from year to year and while I did get some things done in 2016, I (once again!) didn’t accomplish as much as I wanted to. According to this post I wrote a year ago, I wanted to finish the first draft of Vivid, post something on Wattpad, and write a book for NaNo. The reality is that I had to ditch Vivid because I realized it was slightly problematic and I needed to do more research. I posted a few things on Wattpad and then unpublished them because they weren’t as good as I wanted them to be. I didn’t write a book for NaNoWriMo because I was busy writing poetry to submit to literary magazines and writing contests.
What Did I Do?
I finished the first draft of The Deadline and at 38,000 words, it’s the longest thing I’ve written so far. It’s a YA contemporary about a Indian girl who tries to write a book during the summer. The first draft definitely didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to – it’s basically a hot mess. But this is a book I’ve wanted to write for a few years now so I’m going to keep pursuing this idea. I absolutely love the characters in it and I want to further develop them. I also wrote four or five short stories and three (?) flash fiction pieces…some of which I deleted last week. But one of my mini goals, this year, is to edit old stories that have potential. I was published in fifteen literary magazines and a few other websites/collections curated by writer friends. (If you’re interested in reading my work, click here!) I also did an online mentorship (run by The Adroit Journal) and a one week creative writing course at NYU. I joined the staff of two literary magazines. Other things I did: self-published a mini poetry collection online, posted a bunch of poems on my tumblr blog, started a newsletter (and unfortunately discovered I couldn’t keep up with blogging and emailing subscribers), blogged about both bookish and writerly things here, and made an ‘official’ website. I also started outlining a book inspired by Hindu myths.
Now for the resolutions..
1.Write, write, write.
- Finish the writing projects that I start.
- Write more short stories and flash fiction.
- Write at least three times a week.
- Keep track of my progress on different projects and plan out my time wisely.
- Keep writing poetry.
- Write a book! Edit a book!
I definitely need to rewrite The Deadline (goal is 50,000 words!) and write the first draft of my Hindu myth book (goal is 80,000 words).
2. Be brave with my writing.
- Submit my writing to more places.
- Ask for feedback and apply it.
- Tell IRL people about my writing.
3. Read more diverse books.
I want to continue to seek out diverse books and especially buy work from and support marginalized writers. I’ve also been thinking of joining reading challenges like #DiversityBingo2017 (which is explained in this tweet!).
4. Blog, blog, blog.
- Review diverse books!
- Blog at least once a month.
- Do a few discussion posts.
- Schedule posts before going on a random hiatus
5. Take care of myself.
- Exercise more often.
- Eat healthy
- Get 8 hours of sleep.
- Believe in myself.