When I first started writing, a little over 18 months ago, it was merely to pass the bored hours of time when home alone. Not for one minute did I expect it to become a hobby, which evolved into a passion … that spiralled into what can only be described as downright obsession.
I live, breathe, sleep my characters and writing. To be without that release of putting into words what happens inside my head leaves my appendages twitching and my mind on the verge of implosion.
When I first started writing, it was only for me.
That’s no longer the case.
Yes, the stories are mine. I write what I want to write. I write how I want to write.
But … when you’ve taken that incredibly terrifying step of putting your work out there (in my case, through critiquing/writers sites and beta readers), and people you don’t even know feel passionate enough about something you’ve written to let you know, to encourage you to write more, to beg for further material to read … when they fall in love with characters you’ve created … I’ve never been on such a high.
I left school with enough qualifications to get me a basic job that didn’t require I be trained in specific areas. I left school with no idea of what I wanted to do, or what I wanted to be. Twenty years on, I still hadn’t found my way, still hadn’t discovered my niche, and so had never aspired to be anything that was purely for me … until I discovered writing.
Now I want something from my life. To know what that is fills me such satisfaction. For the first time in my life I have set myself goals.
And those goals have not been set merely to please myself. They are also in place for all the people who have read my work and beg me to pursue getting it my novels into print, simply because they want a hard copy of a story they connected with and loved reading. Can you possibly imagine how inspiring that is?
So … for them as much as for myself, 2011 will see my work in print, even if I have to do it myself.
Spring: By the end of spring, I hope to have a decent draft of my latest WIP ready for final edits. I also intend to have my novella ANIMAL ATTRACTION published in ebook format and available for purchase.
Summer: By the end of summer, if DARKNESS AND LIGHT has not been picked up by an agent, or publisher, then I will be rolling the ball on self-publishing it myself in paperback. Of course, the huge generosity of a local artist who read my novel and immediately set about creating artwork inspired by my characters has a lot to do with making the self-pubbing route easier, because I now know I have artwork for a cover when/if the time comes–because this lady has offered me the artwork to use at will, and almost made me cry (happy tears) when I found out about her covert sketching.
Autumn: Dependent upon the success of DARKNESS AND LIGHT, BLUE MOON may very well follow fairly closely behind, and the artwork for the cover and fine toothed comb edits will take place to put this one on the shelves alongside the first in the series.
Winter: Oh, come on. Don’t you think I’d deserve to put my feet up by then? Okay, okay, there’s a huge chance I’ll be polishing the third novel in the series, or even writing a fourth.
What’s your goals for the new year? You must have some/a few/hoards. Wanna share?
Happy New year to you all!