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of this post. Okay, maybe one.
Thank all the King's horses and all the King's men that's over.
This is how I feel, and probably look, after writing like a crazy person for the last four weeks.
But, of course, it's far from over. The end of NaNoWriMo is just the beginning.
Now it's time to refocus.
There has been a great deal of discussion lately on 'other works.' What we consider good writing and good stories, bad writing but good stories, bad writing considered by critics to be good writing, bad writing and bad stories considered by the masses to be good stories... and so on.
I use good and bad to represent the assortment of subjective terms that can be applied to our opinions. What is mediocre? What is a ripping good yarn? What is literary brilliance? What is spirit-sucking, brain-numbing drivel?
And the big question at the bottom (or perhaps at the top): What sells?
But, is this the overriding question?
My 2012: Year of Learning to Write is drawing to a close, (though the learning never will). I have honoured my objectives, even if I have not yet met them all. So, for 2013, I'm asking myself: What am I trying to achieve?
Back in January, I asked: Why Do I Write? During December, I'm asking: Why Am I Writing That?
Before I hit 2013: Year of ..., I intend to write Mission Statements for all the pieces important to me.
Do I want to fill others with the same pleasure of reading that I get? (Definitely)
Do I want to tell a great story? (Of course)
Do I want to send a message? (Maybe)
Do I want to educate? (Perhaps)
Do I want to inspire? (Possibly) If so, who?
Do I want to tell that story that's burning inside me? (I doubt it)
Do I want others to read it, so I feel like I'm not wasting my time? (I don't think so)
Do I want literary awards and critical acclaim? (Am I even capable?)
Do I just want to be published and make money, preferably lots of it? (It would be nice)I'm thinking that honest answers to each of these questions will affect how I invest my time, what I chose to invest my time writing about, and what I do with the results.
Which takes me back to all those good and bad scenarios. In ten years, what would I like all those future writer-bloggers to say about my stories?
How about you? Through your writing, what would you like to be known for?
Exercise 93. Review the results of NaNoWriMo and write a Mission Statement about what you are trying to achieve through this particular story. Does it matter whether it's marketable or not?
Exercise 94. Are your objectives consistent? (Sell, sell, sell.) Or does each story serve its own purpose? Think about your writing priorities (e.g., 1. blog legend, 2. aspiring novelist, 3. paid magazine contributor) and decide whether your time allocation reflects the priorities in your mind.