2015: Year in Review

My 2015 mostly consisted of working, writing, reading, going to church and church-related activities, and getting into a rage by keeping up with politics (not necessarily in that order). This is a writing blog, so I’m going to talk about the writing-related stuff.

In the beginning of the year, I was working on worldbuilding and the outlines for the new drafts of RAFAEL and STEPHEN. Then in April, I did Camp NaNoWriMo, during which I hand-wrote the first draft of PAUL.* From May until early this month, I rewrote RAFAEL and STEPHEN according to my new outlines. In November, I wrote the first draft of MARK.** My goal was to continue writing all the way through to the end of my series, so that I actually have some things to edit and play with in the future (although I cannot say whether that will be the near or the far future). That means my goal in 2016 is to just keep writing the stories in the series.***

Every writer has something that will remain in his desk drawer, never to see the light of day. For me, that is XIII. This past summer, I got the lunatic idea to try to revitalize it. I did manage to edit about 15 chapters, but the reality is that despite my attachment to the story and its characters, this particular project is meant for the drawer, and for the sake of my sanity, I am better off working on something else.

I also learned that I am really good at racking up very large word counts but not that great at looking back over what I have written and editing it. I wrote and revised a couple of shorter stories this year and heavily edited some of XIII, which gave some practice. (Also, I submitted a short story to a contest in October, but I wasn’t a winner or a finalist. The winning story’s title was “F**kface,” which I found hilarious.)

tl;dr: 2015 was a productive year. I got a lot accomplished.

 

*Note to self: Never hand-write a draft ever again.
**Unfinished.
***The timeline of the series is from 1997 to 2012, and a ton of stories happen in that time frame, most of which exist only in outline form. Yeah, I have a lot of work ahead of me.

8 thoughts on “2015: Year in Review

  1. I think handwritten drafts are for people who can then hand the pieces of paper to somebody else, saying, “Type this up when you get a chance, won’t you?” Otherwise, no, and I really like writing with a pen.

    And, yes, some things should stay in the drawer (or the carton in the closet). That’s why I get very leery of posthumously published works. If the writer wanted it in the drawer, that’s where it should stay.

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      1. I just saw a good movie called The Clouds of Sils Maria, and one scene jumped out at me on this subject. A famous writer has just died, and his widow goes to his desk, stacks up his notebooks, goes to the fireplace, and starts to burn them.

        Nothing is mentioned about this in the dialogue — the focus of the scene is on the phone conversation she’s having at the same time — but it’s clear that’s what’s going on.

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  2. I love writing in notebooks, but I’ve too learned my lesson to never hand-write anything that needs to be transposed into the computer. What happens in the notebook stays in the notebook. The only upside to my writing in a notebook is it puts me in a different state of mind. I think it’s because the words appear faster when typed, therefore it’s a more seamless stream of consciousness. Writing with a pen forces my mind to slow down.

    Anyways, good luck!

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    1. I love notebooks for journaling, and I used to write stories in them all the time, but not anymore. It’s kind of sad to realize that those days are over.

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