I hate New Year Resolutions. They are a great way to start off strong but more often than not, they set us up for failure when we don’t meet all of them and feel guilty about it. So I am giving up on the word “resolution” this year. I am not resolving to do anything. What I WILL do, however, is send my ambitions out into the Universe and chase after them with a passion.
So without further ado, here are my writing ambitions for 2017:
I saw one of those things on Facebook yesterday. You know, the inspiring quote put over a lovely picture that can never be attributed to just one originator. But this one caught my attention because 2016 was particularly rough to me in the second half. The biggest and worst thing to happen to me in 2016 was that my health got worse to the point where I lost my job in November.
So I’ve been struggling with the Soldaris Saga lately. I’ve been trying to decide if I want it to try to sell it as romantic fantasy or fantasy romance, so I can point the last of my rewrites and editing in the right direction.
Some of you might wonder what the difference between romantic fantasy and fantasy romance even is. Basically, romantic fantasy is a “standard” fantasy novel with a bigger plot than just the two characters getting together, but they’re a major part of it. Fantasy romance focuses on the story of the hero and heroine and their happily ever after, using the rest of the plot as a backdrop. The first goes in the fantasy and sci-fi section at the bookstore, the latter goes in romance novels. Yes, it actually matters, if I’m going to sell it, because that also determines where I submit.
I have outlines for both ready to go. Both outlines lead to the same ending, just told in different ways with the focus on different plot elements and subplots.
I have to admit that I’m curious what my audience would rather read (although if I start on one of the outlines and it doesn’t feel right, I will no doubt move right to the other).
Weigh in in the comments, would you? ❤
So the good news first: One of my stories managed to garner an honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest! I’m still super-excited about that, and I have one submitted for last quarter, and one I’m working on to get submitted for this current quarter. I have a few other stories I’m working on for other anthologies as well. I feel like I’m so very close to making that leap into published territory and I am stoked.
The not so great news: I am out of school for the foreseeable future. I don’t care to go into all the reasons. They’re multiple and complex and y’all are no doubt tired of hearing me talk about my stupid health.
But what does this mean? This means that since my last classes ended a week ago, I haven’t gone a single day without writing at least a thousand words or some sort of outlining/pre-writing activity. It means that I’m deciding to take this as a sign from the Universe that I am supposed to be pursuing a different path than finishing my university education at this point in time. It means, basically, that this is the time to push forward on writing and do awesome things.
Now that I have time to write without feeling guilty about what homework should be getting done… there are going to be a lot of awesome things ahead.
Keep me in your thoughts, and wish me luck. (And of course, buy my books when they come out! :P)
So I might actually pass this class, now that this has arrived on my doorstep.
See y’all in seven weeks, when lit theory is over.
Life happens, especially with chronic illness, and I think we all understand that. Today I just want to talk about writing, and some of how it works for me.
I’ve decided to give the Soldaris Saga a little bit of a break. I was getting far too frustrated with it, and grumpy about having to set other ideas on the back burner because of it. Yes, I know that’s not how editing and publishing deadlines work. But since I don’t currently have an editor, a publisher, or a scheduled date of release, I thought it was time to give myself a break and let me feed my muse for a while.
I’ve got an awesome fantasy romance coming together, and an episodic KDrama-flavored story I want to start on Wattpad or something (yes, I’ll post details when I get it going, and yes, I will probably talk about the KDrama addiction in a later post), and I’ve been posting Shadowfighter, and writing for class, and writing short stories to submit (including entering Writers of the Future two quarters in a row now), and meanwhile Soldaris continues to fix itself in the back of my head.
This is the hardest part of writing for me. The being able to step back and let it go on its own. For me, it’s like brewing coffee. You add the coffee to the machine, which is the characters and the world-building, you add the water that makes it all work, which is the plot… and then you sit back and let it percolate. And eventually it all comes out through the filter of author’s vision and writing and editing, and you have your coffee. But it doesn’t happen instantly, and if and when it does…. Well, there’s a reason instant coffee doesn’t sell well. It’s because it’s just not as good as the brewed stuff.
So maybe I’ve been a little more delayed on my big projects than I might have liked. But for now? It’s all still brewing while I work on the smaller stuff, and that’s okay. 🙂