At any rate, I need a new set of goals to work on, while keeping in mind the others that I had during the last block of the Creativity Workshop. I think the ones I want to work on are:
Beginnings(in general)- I think writing a non-IAR related beginnings will help me figure out how to write good beginnings that suck readers in and never lets them go. Since I'm retooling the beginning of IAR yet again, it might help to read beginnings of stories in the genre and stories that I love in general and use Merrilee's writing exercise to make stellar beginnings. I hate writing beginnings because it's so hard to determine how much backstory and info a reader needs before they can jump into the heart of the story. Jump in too soon and readers are confused. Jump in too slow and readers are bored. I need to find the perfect balance so that readers are intrigued. I know this will take some practice and some editing, but I can't skip beginnings anymore because I'll end up with a fully written novel and no beginning.
Writing outside of my comfort zone- there are some uncomfortable subjects I want to tackle in my stories that need to be written with care and sensitivity. I feel that if I can tackle uncomfortable subjects, especially decisions that characters make that aren't in line with my own beliefs, I can write nearly anything that needs to be written and be willing to let the public read it.
Writing outside my genre- Most of my stories are contemporary. I have a disdain for romance of all kinds. I like stories that are well-defined, but also well-rounded. I like stories that have set genres but also have touches of romance or mystery. I'm not even sure I want to write in the genres that I originally set out in the first goals post. I'll probably go with Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance, my least favorite. I figure if I can put my best effort into writing something I don't think I'll enjoy, I'll do much better with writing things that I do enjoy. That's a bit of my twisted logic for you.
So readers and fellow workshoppers, what are your goals for the this second block of the workshop? What are you doing to achieve them?