Year End Post: Writer’s Regrets –

By Wayne Halm –

Regrets … I’ve had a few.  High among them is not taking writing classes from John Gardner.  I would be a better person if I had.

That one always strikes me this time of year because I stop and re-read his book, The Art of Fiction.  Most of what I know about story-telling came from that book.

Each re-read is a source of satisfaction – and of frustration.  I smile and nod my head at the topics I understand better each year … and I roll my eyes and shake my head at topics I still don’t have a clue about.  (I hope to someday figure out what ‘theme’ is.)

But for right now I’m going to take what I know and set some goals for next year.  This year my goals were known only to me and I lost focus and failed miserably.  My though here is to make my goals public and see if that helps keep me on track.

Writing Goal # 1 — I am going to write, edit, polish, and get ready for publication a collection of ten romance short stories.  Can a guy write romance?  I think so, and we will see if literary agents can be convinced.  Look out Danielle Steel!

Writing Goal # 2 — I am going to re-edit my science fiction novel applying the things I’ve learned since writing it.  With it polished to a higher luster I will offer it on Amazon.Com and start learning about marketing there, 100 sales would make me feel good, 500 and I will be dancing.

Writing Goal # 3 — I am going to join more social media venues, work them, and double my blog hits next year.

Writing Goal # 4 — I am going to get 3 more magazine articles published next year.  It is just fun seeing my words in print.

Okay, there they are, my writing goals for next year.  I will try to put out a mid-year status report, but if I forget, will you remind me?

Until then — Come play golf with me.

6 thoughts on “Writer’s Regrets

  1. Aloha Wayne,

    Awesome goals for next year! For what it’s worth, I believe you can achieve them. I find when I write my goals down and tell people about them, it holds me more accountable and I’m more likely to achieve them.

    I had no idea you had written a science-fiction novel. Good on ya! Let me know when it’s ready for us to have a read.

    All the best in 2016 and Happy New Year!


    • Aloha Josh,

      Thank you and Happy New Year.

      It is worth a lot that you have confidence in me. For me crafting a story takes time, always 3/4s of the words end up in the trash can. I will keep everyone posted on my progress.

      If only I could get 3/4s of my putts to end up in the can.

      A Hui Hou,

  2. Yes, men can absolutely write romance! Your goals seem reasonable (though we can’t always get accepted) but beefy enough to be challenging. Count me as a member of your cheerleading team. 🙂

    • Aloha Robyn,

      Yea you!!! Thank you – thank you – thank you.

      As I write the shadows of self doubt frequently darken the page and the light of validation is hard to find. I’ve got to stay focused.

      Cheerleaders are absolutely essential.

      A Hui Hou,

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