Saturday, January 1, 2011

Teen Inklings Vol. 18: Resoloutions

Welcome to the year 2011.

I'm not sure about you, but I've made a few writerly resolutions that I hope to keep this year. Here's the main one I've set for myself:
  • Write a full novel before January ends.
Obviously, to do this I will need to buckle down and concentrate on pounding out the words. I'll be trying to write a chapter every day, which is roughly 3,000 words. Quantity, not quality is what they say—but why can't I achieve both? Hence my second resolution:
  • Edit the previous day's chapter every day.
Speaking of edits, I'm just about to turn some in to my editor at Port Yonder Press. I recently found out that the anthology my novella is a part of will be releasing Summer of this year! I'm excited.

Another thing I'm excited about is this site my critique group started to help writers. There's some great advice over there, with more to be added monthly. You can also win books, so go check it out.

I'm gonna strap myself to my laptop's keboard for the next 31 days, but before I do let me know in the comments whether or not you've made any writing-related resolutions for the year. Maybe we can keep each other accountable!


  1. I have only made one New Year resolution: to be true to myself. I wish I could make more, but I only wanna make them if I will actually "buckle down" and keep them. But with the way my life has been the last 5 years, I never know what's gonna happen tomorrow. I prefer to not make vows that I might not be able to keep. :) It's kinda like setting myself up for failure. lol :D

    Happy New Year!

  2. A chapter a day ... Hmm. Sounds like a good strategy. When I write, I edit as I go and it takes me longer :P A chapter a day! Stiff. *is already regretting resolution to get book half-way done by Jan. 20th*

    Perhaps today would be a good day to start. ;) Must plow through that sword-contest.

    Brain spins and whirls: Zornhut, Langenort, Zwerchu, Twerhau, Pfluge, Ochs. Overhew, Underhew, Middlehew. Stiche.

    Oof! It ended with a 'stick'! Tiwyr must have stabbed someone!


  3. That's a good resolution for any year, Eldarwen. Hopefully setting up my goals isn't "setting up myself for failure". I don't want to think like that! Not yet, anyway. I'm sure I will have by the end of the month.

  4. Adele, strategy always helps me in writing. That's probably why I outline. :-)

    "Zornhut, Langenort, Zwerchu, Twerhau, Pfluge"? Uhh, gesundheit!

    I'll go finish writing today's chapter, now...

  5. Thanks for the plug, Chris! I plan to post at least once a week, probably more often. This week we're talking about 1st person point-of-view, what the rules are and how to break them. I don't yet know what our January giveaway will be, but it'll be something cool.

    Can't wait to buy that anthology with your story in it!

    Diana Sharples

  6. I have a blow-by-blow outline for Wolf's Bard this time, which should help me write it significantly faster, lol. I didn't have the brains to outline when I started at 14 :P I've seen the light now though, and so with Leighton's help on the plot, I think it's done this time around!

    The rather random Zornhutting and Pfluging comes from Germanic medieval terms for positions and blows in longsword fighting.

    And now, it's time for Tiwyr to start fighting. I better go write ;)



  7. ambitious - but go for it!!! and I get to read it when you're done, right? :)

  8. Wow, go for it! That sounds like a great goal!

    I made a list of all my specific writing goals for the 1st half of 2011, and I'll be posting it on my blog today or tomorrow. By the time June rolls around, I'll probably have to re-evaluate and set new goals (especially since I might get new story ideas before then!)

    But the biggest writing goal I set is simply to write 250,000 words throughout the whole year. Everything counts. Novels, screenplays, essays, etc. I don't think I've ever written that much in a year. I think the most I've done is close to 150,000, if you count all the journaling I do.

    Here's to a wordy 2011!

  9. Well, that's quite a goal Chris--Hope it works for you! Let us know if you make it :)

    One of my resolutions is to write, or at least do something writing related, every day this year. I also want to increase my monthly word-count.

    Good luck to everyone on your resolutions!

    S. Dahnim

  10. Christian,
    Hello! Its Tasha Again.
    Im writing a story about an girl
    Who's Father's in Jail and Her mother
    has died. Shes on her own, and she's faced with some adventure and a little bit of romance.
    But Im thinking about giving up the story. The Idea's are just not comeing to me.
    What do you think I should do?


  11. Tasha, I wrote February's post in answer to your question. Hope it helps!