It's time to refocus my writing projects.
For the last year and a half I've been working on a novel between shorter projects, and from the I've discovered two things:
1. I can write novel length fiction, even if it takes me a damn long time right now.
2. I still have a long way to go before I can write GOOD novel length fiction.
This isn't to say what I've got so far is bad...no, wait, that's exactly what I'm saying!
To be fair this is still early days, and unlike some of my writer friends I've only been seriously writing for the last four years. In the grand scheme of a writer's career that's barely any time at all. Yes, I wrote before then but not with serious dedication or consistency. I'm still discovering my voice, still learning about creating memorable and interesting characters.
I'm still in the infancy of my writing career, and the novel I'm working on is suffering for it.
That being said, I've decided to refocus on shorter fiction for the near future. Recent experience has shown that I can develop faster by writing short pieces and getting good feedback from people I trust, people who's critical opinions I respect. People who I can make mistakes in front of and not worry about the bruising my ego will take.
So here's the plan; for the next year I want to write at least one new short each month. At the very least I want a new first draft each month. On top of this I'm going to get more serious about submitting my work in as many markets as possible, something I've been slacking on for the last few months.
The other half of the plan is more blog posts, and not just book reviews. Heck, I started this blog to keep my honest and it's time I started using it for it's intended purpose.
So there it is. Let the year of shorts begin!