The first month of a new year has just passed the halfway point and I’ve managed to start as I mean to go on. I’m getting plenty of reading done. It’s a mix of fiction and books providing tips/pointers about writing. So I’m managing to get a better understanding of what I do and don’t like in a story as well as reading some pointers for when I actually sit down to write my own stories. It’s definitely feeling like time well spent.
My mind is demanding more and more books be fed to it. It’s nice that the motivation is there to spend some time each day reading. The desire to write is also growing and thanks to the notebook I filled over the course of 2012 I have some ideas for stories that I can possibly attempt during the coming year. There are snippets of three different stories that currently are somewhat appealing to me but I need to go through all the notes before I know what one I’ll tackle first.
Something that really lit the fire to do more writing this year was NaNoWriMo last year. The result of that month of writing was over 100 pages of story, which amounts to the last amount of writing I’ve ever done for a single story. The story itself is very rough and raw but it was the fact that I could write so many pages that really excited me. Some editing/revision could fix the problems that were bugging me but you can’t do that without first committing the story to paper.
Anyway, this year looks like it’ll be a good year for getting some writing done. I can’t wait to see what the next 11 months reveals.