For the last year I have been doing everything I can to improve my writing. This included starting a critique group with a friend (that has improved my writing more than I ever imagined) Then we added Pen duels, where I send out two prompts, and everyone picks one and writes a short story (there's always rules to follow). When we're all done writing we get together and read them out loud then give feedback.
All of these things are awesome, of course. Every exercise we do helps me in some way or another, and as a result I find that my first drafts are getting better and better. The biggest problem that I seem to be having now is that getting the book to a second or even third draft is far too difficult. And I think I know the reason.
I have been spending so long working on my writing (which isn't a bad thing, by any means) that I haven't worked on my editing skills at all.
Okay, I'm not horrible at editing. I catch most of the mistakes, but I think the biggest problem I have is that I don't know how to find everything that needs fixing. I need to figure out how to determine exactly what needs fixing in order to have my editing go better.
My solution: Get books on editing. No, I haven't done it yet, but it's going to happen (right as soon as I have money again, which is definitely going to be after Christmas.) I can't wait to get my hands on one and see what other ways I can edit to make what I'm doing more effective, and hopefully to cut down on the amount of time I'm spending on it.
So, this year I have a couple of goals (why would I want free time anyway? That's just boring...):
1) Edit 4 complete novels!! (Hence the need to cut down on the time editing)
2) Participate in April's Camp Nano session (script with friends)
3) Complete all of the exercises in 'The 3 A.M. Epiphany' (201 exercises)
4) Participate in July's Camp Nano session (novel)
5) Write at least one novel not during Nano
6) Write 300k in November (One epic fantasy novel)
7) Attend WWC in August
8) Attend SIWC in October
9) See my boyfriend at some point...
Okay, I don't know if all of these are going to happen, but let's see if I can try! All exercises I do from 'The 3 A.M. Epiphany' will be posted. Either on my blog, or on my website (which is another goal for this year).
Do you have any goals for this year? What's something that you need to work on when it comes to your craft?