It's extremely rare that I would wax philosophical about something on Cracked, but one of their articles hit upon something that I haven't really been able to articulate lately. I haven't been creating anything. No writing, no sewing, no...nothing, really. Even if it's crap (and with my writing, "crap" is a distinct possibility), I need to create something. So, that's the plan. I have things that have been written, and need polish or completion, and so that's what I plan to do. I'm always so hesitant to say "I'm going to do X, Y, and Z", because it smacks of I'm gonna-ism. Somehow, saying I'm going to do something is one of the surest ways to make sure it doesn't happen. So, uh, I plan to spend the next two months polishing one of those works up (either cleaning up the NaNo from 2009, or finishing the NaNo from 2011 and cleaning it up), and then...then's the big step. I'll need to let someone else read it.
It's so much easier for me to just keep all my writing to myself, so I'll never know exactly how bad it actually is. If I don't let anyone else read it, then I won't have my worst fears confirmed, and I can pretend that it isn't really as bad as I think it is. So, the plan:
Now-February - clean up/finish up SOMETHING
March 1-15 - complete freak out/convincing myself to let someone else read my work
March 15 - send it out to a few readers (incidentally, if you want in on this, let me know)
March 15-31 - complete freak out about what people are going to say about what I wrote
April 1-whenever I get all the feedback back (preferably by end of June) - read the feedback, see what can be fixed
July - edit edit edit
August - round 2 of reviews
Keep up the cycle of July and August until either a) I feel comfortable calling it "done enough" or b) (more likely) someone takes it away from me because I'm editing it to death
Publish on KDP.
Am I going to hit all of these milestones? Maybe. The important thing is that I'm trying. I'm working toward creating something. If it's crap? At least I know not to do that next time.
So, that's 2013, as of right now. How about you guys?