2022 writing reflections Dec 31, 2022 23:37:00 GMT -6
Post by ScintillaMyntan on Dec 31, 2022 23:37:00 GMT -6
How did your writing go in 2022? What are your goals for 2023?
This was a good year for me for writing. Thanks to our contests, I learned a lot, I think, in an informal, subconscious way about what makes a good story. I also used to have a lot of trouble going from an idea to a plot. I would have premises and subjects ready but not know what kind of motion they'd be set in. Now I usually feel my ideas naturally connect to plots, and I'm not sure what changed. I must've been thinking in the wrong ways before, but I don't remember exactly how.
On a personal note, when we had the Noir contest in February, I told my psychotherapist that this was the best week I had since my mental health problem began. It really was. That story was so fun I managed to put aside my problems and just concentrate. If I started to feel bad, I would think, "No, I mustn't go down that way because this story is more important."
When I think back about that, it's clear how much progress I've made mentally. A week when I care more about my writing than my problems wouldn't even be remarkable anymore!
In the coming year, I want to develop to the point I consistently find writing fun. I keep forgetting how much I can enjoy writing, so I put it off and don't turn to it as a leisure activity until I have to do it for a contest or to meet a personal goal. Then when I finally start, late in the day, I suddenly remember how much I like it. Specifically I want to write good stuff for the contests and try to get some of my previous contest work published. Starting a novel's always an option too, but I'm not feeling the fire. Maybe I could attempt NaNo or something. I do have ideas.
I also started my poems in 2022 and even joined a poetry critique group associated with my alma mater over video chat. I rarely wrote poetry before since it's quite difficult to get right, and my taste is weird and specific. Admittedly I can't get into most poetry I come across in contemporary publications, and it rather discourages me from writing it. But I suppose I've had some experiences that are ripe for poems, and in 2023 I want to try to work on them more diligently.