Last night I finished CAPTCHA, as in I completed what most would consider a first draft. It's the most disgusting thing I've ever seen. The ending mainly because that was where I wrote a lot and never looked back. I did it on my comp as well, not by hand so the temptation to go back and change stuff was high. But I didn't. And now I can say I have finished it.... *sigh*
If this is how it feels to finish a first draft, I need to just plan better because "eww, gross, get it away from me." There's a possibility that in January when I look back on CAPTCHA, I'll love it just that little bit more, though for now it's still my baby, my child...but my unwanted child.
Regardless, I'll be celebrating tonight with sugar and cinnamon donuts and hopefully some bucks fizz. In the meantime, let me reflect on the year and what I'd hoped to achieve.
My 2014 Goals
1. Go to a writer’s conference
I need to do this. I need to experience one. Have I been missing out on opportunities? Well, I’ll soon find out. - I went to LonCon and I feel that counts!
2. Start and finish another book
Yes. This is part of my dream to have three completed books by the end of the year. Perhaps not fully edited, but definitely there. - I have two finished books, so I partially met this. *side eyes*
3. Submit to agents/publishers
I’m not sure yet about how I’m going to approach this. Will I only go for open doors or will I query specific agents? What about both? By summer, I’ll know. - I did actually do this but not as head-on as I wanted. I still didn't think I was ready. However, the feedback I did get from what I sent out helped me plan the direction for my next stories.
4. Continue to support some awesome indie writers
That is all. - I tried, but couldn't keep up. :(
5. Work out who I am
I really need to sit down and think about who I am and what I’m writing. Who are my intended audience? What am I writing? Gritty YA? New Adult without the romance? Or Adult? And more importantly, what’s my author name going to be? - I'm writing adult and it's where I'm comfortable. The themes will always be adult, even if the characters are in their early/mid/late twenties.
6. Learn how to write scripts
Because I need a new down-time hobbie…although Tekken seems to be perfect right now. - To this I say...
Stay tuned for my 2015 goals :D