Sunday, January 1, 2012

Resolutions for 2012

Continue with 3 blog sites -

Hanafrank blog - to collect bits of writing gold for future reference. To record writing progress or experiments. Eventually I'll spend time interacting with other writing blogs. 

Story draft blog - to collect info for research and spew out story drafts. 

Secret Diary blog - mainly for personal therapy, for free writing. To collect memories or any material that might go into the story draft site. In this site I write easily and with abandon. Hopefully over time this relaxed voice will be reflected more and more in the hanafrank blog. In the secret Diary blog for example, I don't use words like 'abandon' or 'reflected'.

Spend less time watching TV - which won't be hard because I'm becoming less and less interested in TV.  If you spend a lot of time analysing story structure, the weaknesses in TV movies becomes more and more obvious. I find it hard to watch entire TV movies now.

Have to set writing goals - Have to commit to finishing a story no matter how crappy and stupid and boring the finished result is. So. Write a short story each month. Just FINISH it. Doesn't have to be sent out into the public arena. We'll cross that bridge when we get to it. Just bloody FINISH one story each month so the right side of my brain can build the necessary writing muscles. The more I practice at making the connections in a story, the faster I'll be able to solve problems and get unblocked. One day I might be able to draft 2,000 words a day.

This year focus on deconstructing published fiction as the best way to learn the writing craft. 

Minimum writing goal for 2012 - 

15 minutes of free writing EVERY DAY, even if it's just the diary site.

One shitty but COMPLETE story outline every month. 

Plagiarise an existing novel and make changes. See if it morphs into something original. Study the original and learn more about the craft as I go.

Start collecting words, phrases, pictures - and put into a 'prompt' box. 

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