IWSG for January, 2023: THE YEAR AHEAD
I can’t do anything in one word, so I’m choosing a phrase or mantra for 2023. Here it is. I will choose to FINISH and SEND my completed stories to markets for publication consideration.
Actually, I finish every story I intend to finish, but I have a problem with un-finishing the finished. Many times, I’ve received a story back from a copy editor/proofreader, only to tear the entire story apart. I’ll tweak this or add that beyond the revision suggestions because it’s not quite right, yet. My 2022 goal was to send my stories to markets. How many went to market? ZERO. They weren’t ready. THIS is the lie I tell myself.
Now, come with me to my bedroom. 😇 Most days, I make my bed. Imagine, if when I finish making my bed, I tear it all apart just to remake it again and again because it doesn’t feel perfect enough. I would never leave the room. Returning to a finished story to tear it apart after I self edit a million times or a professional edits it is... self-defeating.
Can you identify my worst enemy? Don’t answer that!
This week, I watched part of an interview with author Holly Black. She said (not verbatim) that the hardest part of writing her stories is finishing. I’m not sure if she meant coming up with an ending or perhaps accepting that her story is finished and ready for publication. I’m pretending it’s that one.
Do you have a word for the year ahead, one that sums up what you need to work on or change in the coming year?