It’s the first Wednesday of the month, and the last Wednesday of the year. Much to my chagrin, I haven’t finished my book yet. It’s not for a lack of trying. I just spent three months trying to get one chapter to work correctly. After redoing it multiple times, I think I got it to an acceptable state so I can move on to the final battle.
But a month isn’t long at all.
I’ve got a plan laid out for the massive monster fight, but I thought I had a plan for the previous chapter that just wouldn’t work. So am I insecure? You bet.
There isn’t any consequence for not meeting my goal, other than feeling like a failure for having spent another year without a finished draft. I don’t have anyone clamoring for my next book. But I really thought this would be the year. *sigh*
IWSG Question of the Month – Book reviews are for the readers. When you leave a book review do you review for the Reader or the Author? Is it about what you liked and enjoyed about your reading experience, or do you critique the author?
Maybe I’m misinterpreting the intention of this question, but to me, critiquing should come before publication. It’s intended to improve the story before its final version. If you’re going to tell the author what they did wrong, then have the courtesy of telling them in the privacy of email. However, I do think its fair to express your personal dislike of certain elements as a warning to other readers, but it’s a bit late to be telling the author what they should change, because the story’s already out there.
Are there any goals you’re still hoping to squeeze in before the end of the year? Did you accomplish anything cool this year? Are you looking forward to 2024?