It’s a time of reflection of the past, and it’s also a time of insight over what we anticipate in the future; both in the coming year and the coming decade. What I’ve chosen to do instead in this case scenario is focus on the writings I am doing or plotting in the present; writings that, ultimately, will continue to take form in the future.
It’s been seven years since I made the decision to start taking my writing more seriously, and presently, I’m at work on the follow-up to An Absolute Mind. It’s been almost a year since work began on it and as I may have talked about in the past, it’s going a lot slower than expected. Unlike the time period when I wrote An Absolute Mind, I have more responsibilities on my plate now and I have been undeniably hardened over the past few years with the direction the world has been going in. It’s difficult to keep afloat when all that is weighing down on your soul, but ultimately, I’m now seeing it as a test and taste of what other writers regularly go through: a balancing act. I assure you my perseverance, and whether or not this new book is released in the upcoming year, it’ll be out eventually.
In the midst of diving deeper into this future fictional world of my creation, I’m also getting back into writing short fiction. For the past few months, I’ve been submitting around this one short story of mine I wrote over the summer. Alas, as many writers can relate to, it’s already had its fair share of rejections, and as of this writing, I’m still waiting to hear back from a few other places I submitted it to.
In doing so, I remember how freeing writing short fiction can be. It makes for the ultimately quick breaks from the novel by giving me opportunities to explore new worlds and different situations, without the pressure to have the story be 40,000+ words. It’s a goal I’m setting for myself in the coming year: to write short stories, submit them, and hopefully get some of them published along the way. In the long run, not only will I get more of my fiction writing out there, but it will also bring more exposure to my writing from readers who’ve yet to find out about it.
It’s been about a year since I finished writing out the screenplay adaptation of An Absolute Mind. Since then, it’s gone through many edits and it’s been submitted to various competitions, fellowships and what not, with no success. I’m not giving up though, as I look ahead at where to submit it to in the coming year. I intend go even harder at getting this under as many radars as possible.
Much like my goal with continuing to write short fiction, I aim to write more screenplays in the coming year; particularly the shorter kind. You might be surprised to hear that I have never written a screenplay for a short film before. I believe that by putting together a collection of scripts of the shorter variety, not only will have more material to submit to competitions, but I also have a better change at maybe even making one of them actually become a short film (if I find the right people to help make that happen, that is). I’m taking a step back from doing theater for the time being, so I want to fill my time with doing some kind of script writing; particularly the kind that I want to get better at.
So as shown, there’s a lot of I have going on in the present, and by continuing to work at it, it will create goals for me to fulfill in the future ahead. It’s been seven years since I began taking my writing more seriously, and I’m at a point now where I’m more determined than ever to get it on as many radars as possible, in as many forms and mediums that I can do.
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