Vision: A Resource for Writers
Lazette Gifford, Editor

Editor's Note

By Lazette Gifford
2004, Lazette Gifford

Half Empty?

We have crossed the half way point for the year.  This is the time when I start looking at the goals I set for the year and measure them against what I've accomplished so far and... well, panic.

You cannot always make writing conform to a schedule.  Not only will the stories sometimes refuse to cooperate, but real life has a bad habit of getting in the way.  Schedules, however, are still a good way to keep ourselves on target and not completely lose track of what we hope to accomplish.  I have a daily goal of 1000 words.  I have not failed in that work, but those thousand words were not always directed to pieces that fit in with the other goals.

The year starts out, at least for me, filled with a cornucopia of writing hopes and an entire year to fulfill them:  More new stories, more rewrites, more submissions, better work, etc.

The half year mark is where reality has to be taken into account.  I have done more rewrites, but not as much as I had hoped.  My submission rate is down.  Am I doing better work?  Well, unless I get the submission quota up a bit, I'm not going to have a standard to measure against.

But have I failed?

No.  I'm still working on my projects. I have outlines laid out for several new books when other work eases back and I can find more time for new writing again.  I am nearly done with edit of one novel and I have another lined up right behind it.

Once this issue of Vision is done...

Well, I'm setting up my middle of the year goals.  Oddly, they don't look any different than the ones I had at the start of the year.  Maybe I'm just an optimist, or maybe I'm one of those 'the glass is half full' people.  I still believe I have plenty of time.

Have fun!  I'm going to!