"And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt."
— Sylvia Plath
I keep trying to figure out how to make the pieces of my life that just don't seem to fit into another shape so they will fit. Sometimes, though, it is time to pick up a new piece and try that instead.
It has only been three months into this year, but I have been doing that a lot in my mind recently. My mind is a lot clearer and stronger than it has been for a long time so I am much more confident with the decisions I have been making. I do realize that mistakes will be happen, but that is part of life.
In regards to writing, I wrote around 100,000 words total last year. I did take a long break, but how can I beat myself up with those numbers? I just need to move forward and hope I keep doing that well!
I am going to begin edits on KIN a week earlier than I planned. I am going to print it out this week and then start going over the first draft this weekend. I know this will be a hard process since the novel almost doubled more than what I imagined, growing and growing into something I never expected. I know I will make some huge changes, but I am thrilled to tear into this piece of work. I am proud already of what it can become.
I also plan on writing the sequel to Novel #1, Beyond the Garden. This will start directly after the first novel. I have about 25,000 words written so far, but I believe I will have to scrap most of it. This sequel was never in the plan for years and years so it is taking longer than I like to get my mind adjusted past my original timeline. I already know it will be darker than Beyond the Garden, and I am ready for the challenge. My hope is that the completion of this novel will strengthen Novel #1 and will help in selling both of them.
I have a short story collection that I am working on with my husband. Our deadline is beyond passed due so we need to re-evaluate where it should go. They are great little exercises when I need to do something different.
I think 2010 will prove to be an interesting year and I can't wait to see where it will eventually take me...