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I've never been one to make New Year's resolutions. I think they're made to be broken and cause disappointment. But I have definite steps to world domination I want to achieve this year:
-Stay the hell off social media. Not forever, mind you, but just....be on it less. I found that it was crowding my brain a bit too much in 2016.
-Maybe finally move this blog onto another platform? I want a more professional look. Maybe. I'll probably change my mind in about five minutes.
-Finish the Victorian novel and get started on the second draft (finishing the second draft would be nice, too, but let's not push it)
-Send "Haunted Lake" to a beta and figure out what to do with it (I'm leaning towards finding a magazine to submit to)
-Draft and finish "The New Bride of Banner's Edge," which is more Regency romance than historical fiction. I've started the first draft and I think it'll be novella length.
-Get back into the research I had done for Pearl and draft her brother Julius's story.
-Interspersed with other things as time and attention allow
As for the IWSG January question:
Erm...sometimes all of them?
I've heard and read a lot of ridiculous writing rules over the years, but I can't think of anthing specific as the one absolute one I wish I'd never heard. Once you hear something, you can't un-hear it, but it's fairly easy to tune it out when you're in the thick of writing.
Like, for example, in 2016, I wrote a 150 page long fanfiction--I wasn't worried about much beyond writing witty dialogue, shaping the characters (which was easy when you're directly writing other peoples' personalities down), and making sure it was coherent but fun because I was only sharing it with my two best friends. They've been forced to read my writing for nigh on fifteen years now. And I had a blast writing that one.
The one short story I finished during NaNo 2016, "Haunted Lake" is pretty outside of my usual writing grooves: it's short, it has limited characters, it's set in the present and the eighteenth century, and it's horror. There are ghosts and creepiness. I had a ton of fun writing it.
So I think I need to shed that college writing course skin of "write things that are more literary" and just write whatever the hell excites me.