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January 1, 2016

2015 – What have we learned?

Filed under: news of the day,wordsmithery — lexifab @ 12:34 am

Goodbye 2015. You were weird.

I started and finished a novel draft inside the year. Despite that accomplishment, I’m not feeling confident that I’ve leveled up as a novelist. I think I must have been expecting to gain some critical insight from the experience of producing this manuscript. I imagined myself figuring out how to write a novel, or at least getting a better understanding of how I write a novel.

Whatever I was expecting, I don’t think I got it. Or perhaps I just don’t have it yet. The editing phase is still to come. I think more than ever before, I’ll be leaning on the editorial process to help me figure out what I was writing about. I’m not especially looking forward to that part, so I can only assume it will be educational and character-building. It will certainly involve wholesale rewriting of between half and two-thirds of the novel.

I didn’t manage to write any new short stories, so I can’t say I learned much there either. I did read quite a few of them, which will be helpful, but it’s the doing that counts. My project for the next month or two will be to get all the ideas out that I’ve been stewing on while writing the novel.

I built a website – it’s coming soon, I swear – so I’m refreshing my atrophied web management muscles (less so the design muscles, but I never had those in the first place). I’m playing music again, which might actually lead up to composing songs. Who knows? That’s just for fun at this stage. I’ve resumed exercising. I’m feeling healthy, if not quite fit again.

And I’m about to go away on holidays, where I’ll be spending a week lounging about and chatting with some very good friends, playing with the kids and swimming and possibly indulging in a spot of tennis. While I’m there I’ll contemplate setting some goals for the year.

Not quite yet, though. First I’m going to drink this G&T and listen to “Disintegration” by The Cure.

Happy 2016, folks.

1 Comment »

  1. I acquired a cat…it was not intentional. The rest of the year was shudder worthy.

    Comment by jenny — January 3, 2016 @ 9:43 pm

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