Updated on January 16, 2017
In my 2016 resolutions post, I decided that I wasn’t going to make a list of resolutions. Instead, I chose one goal for the year: make my business work.
I have a full-time freelance writing, editing and proofreading business, and in January 2016 I said, “If I’m still supporting myself through my freelancing alone by this time next year, I’ll be very very happy.” Well, I am, and that means I am very very happy!
Of course, keeping the business going will still be a goal for 2017 (if anything, I intend to step it up and make it even better), but since the focused, single-resolution approach worked so well last year, I thought I’d make another one for this year. So here it is. My goal for 2017 is to…
Write a novel.
Now, that’s a fairly enormous goal, but I do have a more detailed plan:
- I have a solid idea, and I have more or less fully outlined the story and written a few chapters, so I’ve got a bit of a head start.
- I intend to keep writing a chapter a week. This should mean I have a finished first draft in 6 months, and then I can get started on editing.
- I will update my progress on here monthly, and maybe share some extracts, character profiles and aspects of the world-building.
I suppose I should give you a rough idea of what my novel is about (oh boy, this is nerve-wracking). I am attempting to write a dark and literary novel about that not-particularly-dark-or-literary subject matter: mermaids. The book is divided into three sections told from the perspective of three different generations of mermaids: a grandmother, a mother and a daughter. Each tells the story of what happens when they leave the sea and come to live on land (for various reasons and with various consequences), and the story looks at what our modern world might be like if mermaids existed and we made contact with them.
So there, that’s my plan for 2017: write a serious novel about mermaids. Ambitious much? Bring it on.
Do you have any goals or resolutions for 2017? Are you trying to write or read more this year? Let me know with a comment down below!