July 2017 Plan

I really need to learn how to balance work and writing. March through June were pretty busy between work and Sherwood Forest Faire. Writing fell by the wayside despite my best efforts. The only writing I did was some fanfic just to keep my hand in.

I did manage some revising and a little bit of planning. I’m still undecided on which story I’m going to work on after the sequel to Secrets and Shadows.

This month is one of the Camp NaNoWriMo months. I decided I’m not participating officially. I’m not working on anything new right now and I’ll be moving toward the end of the month. So time that I could normally allocate to writing will be spent packing, cleaning, moving, and unpacking instead. If not for the move I probably would have committed to doing a few short stories.

In any case, it’s time to start being accountable for my writing progress again. And this is where it starts. So here’s the writing plan for this month.

Blog Posts


  • 3-4 short or flash stories
  • complete draft of Helix: Book 2


  • Format Secrets and Shadows for print
  • Correct any found problems/errors in e-book


  • Revise and publish the writing plan for the remainder of 2017


P.S.  This post counts as one of the five for this site! 😉

September 2016 Planning

Well – This year has certainly gotten off track!  I have been writing, just not very much on the stories I’d planned on working on!  I’m keeping September’s planning really simple.

Other Writing Work

  • Reconnect the mailing list to the site
  • Submit the Queens & Courtesans anthology for publication and set release dates
  • Start marketing Queens & Courtesans
  • Blog posts – here, Wandering at the Shadow’s Edge, and Find the Soul
  • Tracking submissions, queries, etc.


Shadows and Secrets

Zero/First Drafts

  • Dark and Light
  • 1-2 short stories (Maybe)

Types of Projects

I wrote about my process, but I didn’t talk much about the types of projects I have on my schedule.  By types, I don’t mean Original, Revision, Edit… I’m referring to the length of the projects.  And that’s where things can get confusing.

Here is how I think of my projects:

  • Flash Fiction – stories less than 1000 words
  • Short stories – between 1,000-50,000
    • subdivided, though I never can classify a story to this point until I’ve already started writing it!
      • short story – between 1,000 and 30,000
      • novella – between 30,000 and 50,000
  • Novels – anything over 50,000

Just for comparison, here is a fairly typical breakdown within the industry of what word count goes with what “type” of story.

  •  Flash Fiction – under 1000 words
  • Short-short stories – between 1,000 and 2,500
  • Short stories – between 2,500 and 10,000
  • Novellettes – between 10,000 and  20,000/25,000
  • Novellas – between 20/25,000 and 50,000
  • Novels – over 50,000.

50,000 is short for a novel unless it’s young adult or non-fiction, but it’s basically the cut off between novella and novel.