Kalliel (kalliel) wrote,
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New Year's Resolutions

2014 isn't over yet, but since the new year is an arbitrary time to start something, why not the 22nd of November, right? My writerly new year's resolution for 2015 (and the last forty-odd days of 2014) is to write more ambitiously.

And I don't mean to limit "ambition" here to length, or plottiness, or other sorts of craziness. I think there are lots of ways to write ambitiously and many different points at which it becomes clear that's what you're doing (whether you saddle yourself with a decidedly ambitious idea, or you only reason five months after the fact how ambitious your 100 word fic was), and I would like to remind myself to reach for all of them.

I would like to write new things--pairings, characters I haven't written before, tropes--but also reimagine old ones. I want to take my characterizations into new dimensions and revisit old ones. I would like to write some plot things, but also imagistic things, and experimental things, and pulpy solid read-me things. I want to engage canon in a way that does more than just sit beside it, or wander bizarrely away from it. I want to write all sorts of different things, and through this come into my space as a writer--which is a space I think I've timeshared a bit this year, but I don't really have a mortgage or anything.

And I want to find out if understanding those things as either ambitious or unambitious ends up just fucking things up! Because I can see the potential for that, too.

What are your writerly/artistic resolutions for the new year? Or just plain old resolutions, really. My plain old resolution is to buy less cheese, and therefore eat less cheese. Because cheese is $$$!!
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