2019: Scribbling Forward

Editing and polishing, and then more editing, are the best words to describe my hopes for 2019. I have no goals for writing any new material this year. Stacks of short stories, multiple fantasy novel manuscripts, and blog posts, are screaming for my attention. Oh, the writing is done, but I’m left with the refining. Besides editing, there’s the search for beta readers, addressing any of their valid concerns, and then the slow process of reading out loud.

I’m toying with the idea of a new FaceBook page for finding betas and starting an online critique group. The live chat program known as Discord (popular with gaming guilds) seems to be the perfect venue for such a group. Imagine attending a critique group while nestled comfortably in your PJ’s (I’m sure some of you have a pair with attached fluffy bunny feet), cat on your lap, and a soothing hot beverage. What a perfect way to receive some feedback for your #NaNoWriMo writings from 2018.

Tell me about your work-in-progress. What’s on the back burner? Or a project that’s about to begin?

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6 thoughts on “2019: Scribbling Forward

  1. I’m happy to say I’m writing every day now, but it’s a slow process and the main book I’m working on is one I started two years ago. As you know, Ernesto, life gets in the way. Keep on truckin’.


  2. Some years are like that. With two small children in the house, you’ll be lucky to get that done; children are time consuming — yet oh, so worth it. ‘Attending’ a critique group from the comfort of my kitchen sounds wonderful. Regardless of the snow on the road, I’d be able to make it.

    2019 is a year of writing for me. Finally. Things are falling into place — kids are growing, old enough to run on their own and we have fewer animals — leaving me more time to focus and write.


    • Hi Diane,
      Glad to hear that you have more time to write. I’m squeezing things in between washing bottles and changing poopy diapers. I’m doing most of my cooking for the week on Sundays. Winter means soups and stews, so I get our dinners ready for the week. Saves time, and at night when the urchins are sleeping, daddy and mommy do some editing.
      Doesn’t an at home critique group sound just wonderful? I’m contemplating Saturday mornings.

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  3. Sincerely hope you are able to achieve some of what you hope for. I find, when having multiple drafts and ideas in action, it helps to be self-disciplined and concentrate on just one or two until they are completed. Can be difficult because the ideas and enhancements keep parading through the mind of their own accord. In those instances a note book is useful for future referral. But, as I am sure you are fully aware, remember life issues and family are more important. You will eventually complete your aims (may be years but it will happen). All the best. I look forward to seeing how it goes.


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