Since finishing my first draft at the end of November, I've been thinking about what to do next. I have a sequel and a companion novel planned, which is weird because I've never written any kind of continuation before, but it feels right with these. Still, as much as I that was my favourite ever first draft to write, I'm not ready to jump right into another one and I doubt that's a good idea anyway.
I just finished my first draft of my very first horror story. I've always wanted to write one, and a few weeks ago I finally had the idea. It was a great little post-novel exercise. Writing something completely different (although the MC was still a lesbian ex-self-harmer, so not crazy different, I'm still me!) was kind of liberating. I found my style naturally changed slightly and I'm happy with it so far. The presses I want to submit to don't open until the Spring so I'll keep tweaking it until then.
As I started to think about my next move I realised that there's a lot I want to do in the coming year! Maybe it's because in early 2016, I was very depressed. I wasn't really able to focus on writing very well, so I didn't get very much done. I threw everything I had into getting a new job, I applied for everything possible and it finally worked out. I still can't believe how lucky I am, every day.
With that sorted, I'm ready to do the same thing again, but with writing. So I'm putting together a list of my writing goals in 2017. They include but are not limited to:
- a YA romance novel
- an NA novel
- a comedy article (or 2 if they'll have me)
- the rest of the Out of Control Trilogy
- and of course the sequel and companion novels I mentioned earlier
In some ways this list seems ambitious. I have a funny feeling I'm going to look back at the end of the year and laugh at just how much 2016 me believed I could get done. But I know that, even if it's super hard to find the energy sometimes (and they aren't all good days), if you can, and you throw yourself at everything, something will stick.