Reverb 10 – Day 28

December 28

Prompt: Achieve. What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today.

In 2011, I most want to accomplish finishing my story. No, I don’t mean writing the story of my life out, but I do mean finishing a work of fiction. I’ve been inspired to write times before, but I finally feel like I have something that I can work well enough to turn into a full novel. I believe it could take me less than a year to finish it, but I know I’ll feel so extra accomplished and purpose-filled if I complete it. Everything I’ve ever written (as far as stories go) doesn’t have an ending. Ever since I was younger and actually started writing, I’ve never finished a story. I feel like it’s because I haven’t done adequate pre-planning before I started writing, so I’m trying to do what I have to do in order to see a project through from start to finish. Hmmm…10 things I can do in order to experience that feeling today…

1) Write something and finish it. Whether it be this blog post, or a letter, or a journal entry…see something through start to finish without stopping.
2) Think more positively about myself and my work.
3) Go buy quality writing products.
4) Create time every day to write.
5) Ask other writers for their critiques, opinions, and assistance.
6) Look up information on how to plan novels out.
7) Look into publishing avenues.
8) Research writing classes.
9) Create a playlist of music I can write to.
10) Find novel-writing software for my Mac.

I think doing all of these things will set me on the path to getting closer to my dream of actually publishing a novel. Having some constructive criticism will help me hone my craft, and working with quality products literally makes me feel better about the work that I’m doing. Every day that I write now, I feel a little bit better, so I’m hoping to continue these feelings into 2011.

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