This year, my resolution is to write ALL the things!
No, but seriously. I've made up stories in my head for as long as I could remember, and every now and then I'd write maybe the first chapter of one up. I've only seriously decided to write a few months ago, when I decided I'd finally jot down a story that's been bugging me for about seven years. It's now almost 30,000 words long.
I've decided that if this little idea in my brain could get that long, (I know it's not novel length, but it's something) what could my other ideas be like? So I'm writing out some of the bigger stories that have stuck in my brain through the months and years.
By the end of the year, I hope to have something published. Even if it's full of drabbles and only about two really short stories... If not that: Then flood my watchers with those same drabbles and short short stories. XD But really, I want to try and do a drabble a day, even if I don't submit them to DA until a month later. >.>
Sounds like a plan! I'm hoping to get myself involved more on dA in some contests this year, too, to get me back to writing. I used to be really active with writing when ~Prompt-A-Day was still active, but after it went belly-up, I haven't been on top of writing as often as I should for dA related things.
I hope to finish my novel though I am only six chapters into it :/ and a bit greedy of me is that I hope to have a short story published in a magazine, I submitted my first so now I am waiting with my fingers crossed!
I have absolutely no idea what my literature plans for this year are; if it's as bad in general as 2012 was then I doubt there will be any literature plans. If I had to make one, then it'd be to actually do NaNo this year now I that I don't have to look after a recently-relapsed Paranoid Schizophrenic relative at the same time.
I don't really make New Year's Resolutions as such, but I am hoping to get my NaNoWriMo novel edited and available for sale within the next two or three months. I realise that's not a lot of time, but it's a short novel and (I think partly thanks to a fairly solid plan) doesn't seem to have any colossal problems. Also, Createspace is offering five free author copies to NaNoWriMo winners, but the deadline for claiming them is in June. If I'm making my work available in print, I want it to be top-notch. I won't be able to change those five copies once they're made, and I won't have another chance to make a first impression if anybody buys one for themselves.
I'd also like to contribute to more projects. With Duotrope going subscription-based, I don't see myself submitting to as many publications as before. However, I've noticed some good stuff popping up in the Projects/Job Offer forums here from time to time, and I'm hoping to find a few that I can really get involved with.
Good luck! It would be great to take advantage of the five free copies of your novel! I know what you mean about having to get it completely polished, though. I'm sure you'll be able to get it done and out-- that's a pretty big resolution, but achievable!
I'm still really irked about Duotrope charging now (though I do understand that they need to make money, I guess...) Have you looked at the Writers' Market books at all? They have them for all different genres (short stories, novels, poetry, song writers, children's writers, etc.) and the publishers/editors/journals/contests looking for work this year. They can be fairly expensive a pop if you get all at once, but it is helpful for sending stuff out! (I'm not sure if there's a UK edition with places there, but it's worth looking into!)
I'm hoping I'll be able to manage the editing just by making it a priority and getting a couple of extra people to read through. As long as no huge problems turn up, it should mostly just be a matter of fixing typos and adding detail.
Duotrope going paid bugs me too, though in a way I'm glad I didn't become too dependent on it before: I only had one submission still out on the 31st. I know they were repeatedly failing to reach their donation targets, but I'm worried this may damage them in the long run. Having only even heard of them in mid-2012, and given how long it can take to get a response to a submission from some places, I didn't really feel like I'd got enough use out of the site to make a donation. Now the need for a subscription stops me from ever reaching that point. It's hardly going to be good news for their acceptance/rejection/waiting time statistics either.
I believe there is a UK version of the Writers' Market, and it might be worth a look. The thing is that I've found quite a few markets just through Google or various writing groups, so I don't know if I'd ever get my money's worth even just for the short story one.
Finish my rewrite for my novel(la) and get at least the second draft completed by next year (2014) Read more a. Neil Gaiman b. Robert Buettner, c. fairy tales d. Charles Dickens e. poetry collections Participate in more prompts Study more grammar and voice
I'd better keep and complete these goals. Happy new years!
Funny, I was thinking about Lit resolutions too myself! Now I have to act on them, since it's about 14 hours into the New Year already for me (yay Australia).
Edit all the work in my deviantART gallery where everyone has given me critique for, and edit consistently (ie do second drafts of stories, and keep drafting them even when I think I'm done with the first draft) That will be the number one resolution to keep for 2013.
Hopefully, I'll love to achieve a couple of others as well:
Get at least one piece published (short stories/flash fiction especially). This is contingent on the aforementioned resolution to actually edit my work. Finish at least two drafts of my novel Read 40 books. Last year, I read about 32 books. I should be able to do this! Make the Book Club on campus happen, and perhaps a general writing group as well (which welcomes everyone, regardless of whether they do an English degree or not. Speaking as someone who studies Law instead).
I got involved with a writing group at my university: welcoming people from any academic background is definitely a great idea. The English Department ran a creative writing workshop once a week that usually had seven or eight people, but often not so many. The student-run creative writing society had something like fifty for the first session. As far as I can tell, the biggest difference was that the society was advertised to everyone while the workshop was only recommended to English students. It was surprising to see how many Maths people alone turned up.
Also, have you considered combining the book club and writing group into one society? It seems likely that people who would be interested in one would like the other, and if they don't there's usually enough flexibility with that sort of group to allow people to do their own thing. It might be a little easier to organise that way.
Ah, awesome to know that there's a lot of interest in a student-run society where you were! I was always sure that there were creative writers out there, regardless of what academic discipline they were studying, now to take the next step and get people to know them!
Yeah, I'm definitely planning it to be combined into the one society. It's actually going under the banner of a book charity that I started last year on campus, and I said a book club would be a great way to engage people on campus about books and reading, whilst drawing attention to the cause that we're fundraising for, now and then. Since the book is going to be a monthly thing, I'm hoping every second week we'll have a writer's group as well. Nothing of this sort has been attempted at my uni before, so I hope it all works out!
That sounds like a good balance, especially since people are likely to have other things to read at the same time. A month is a decent amount of time to finish a book, and should leave lots of time to work on writing. Best of luck running it!