A little late getting this out…. but here goes.
- Draft a short story (revise and publish if time)
- Revise Emergence
- Publish print version of Shadows and Secrets
- Finish zero draft of Clockwork Empire
- Revise Double Helix book
- submit Sirens short story for beta reader feed back
- Post on Find the Soul, At the Shadows Edge, and here every week
The plan for 2018? Write more and publish more! *laughs*
You want more detail? Specifics are on the 2018 Plan page, but I’ll give you some general ideas of what I have planned.
- Minimum of one post per week here and on my other sites
- One short story drafted and revised (possibly published) each month
- One zero or revision draft completed each month
- Grow my list of beta readers/editors
- Restart my mailing list
- Learn more about marketing and improve mine
- Create site for the Double Helix stories
- Publish the second and third Double Helix books
- Help coordinate and publish the third Sirens benefit anthology
I’ve scheduled writing/revision/editing/formatting time into everyday. It and my “wake up” time are the two blocks that can’t be touched, so that should help. I’ve gotten to the point where doing something writing related everyday is habit and it feels weird if I skip a day. That should help as well.
What I’m hoping for is to get enough content out there for readers to start finding me even if I’m still lousy at marketing at the end of the year. I expect several of the short stories will end up self-published – if they do, they’ll be exclusive to Kindle. Eventually I’ll publish collections, and those may be available with other online retailers.
Time to get writing!
How did I do this year? That depends on how you look at things.
I didn’t publish what I wanted to. I didn’t even write as much as I wanted to. Schedule changes at the day job and life changes cut into my writing schedule and I got way off track. A few new story ideas didn’t help matters.
On the bright side, I did write and I did get back on track in October and November. I’m not unhappy with where I am as 2017 ends. I have plans to increase my writing production and improve my pretty much none existent marketing.
I started several short stories that didn’t get finished. I revised several stories of different lengths. And I learned. My writing and my process are continually improving in ways that I can see. My plotting is getting better and my zero drafts are starting to include some of those things that I’ve always had to add in revisions.
My plan for 2018 is almost done. I’m still tweaking a few things, but I’ll be posting it soon.
Thanks for sticking with me!
- Short stories
- I have trouble with the length… I either write way too short or way too long.
- I have trouble figuring out how much of the story to tell. There’s always more – whole world’s worth- that I know.
- I have trouble with submission deadlines. Short stories always take longer than I think they will.
- Keeping things updated
- Remembering to update
- Deciding what to write an update about
- Making enough progress to be worth updating
I want to get better at both these things and I think I’ve got a plan that will help.
I’m scheduling time to write at least one short story each month in 2018. And I’ll publish those either as individual stories or collections. I may go as far as to schedule the actual days that I work on them first. Practice should make me better at writing short stories. Or at least make them a little easier to write.
I already have several update posts scheduled for the first part of 2018. That means I don’t have to try to come up with what kind of update to write. I have a tracking spreadsheet almost finished to help me keep track of the things I want to update. And I have people asking to see some of the stories I’ll be working on in 2018.
So here’s to recognizing what needs improvement and putting a plan in place to make it happen.
I really can’t plan writing schedules well.
If you look at the pages for my writing plans you can see just how bad I am at it. The monthly plans aren’t much better.
I’m learning though. And I’m getting faster at writing and revising too.
I have a feeling that my 2018 plan will still be too ambitious. I’m still working on it and trying to determine what I can realistically do.
But if you don’t try for more than you know you can do, you never learn how much you’re really capable of. So I’m hoping I’ve learned enough about what I can do to not over-plan too badly.
It’s been entirely too long since I last updated here. Life’s been just a little on the busy side.
After posting a plan for July, I ended up searching for a new place and moving. That took up most of July and August. September was mostly catching up on all the stuff that didn’t get done during the previous two months and trying to get two short story submissions done.
October was a good month for starting to get back on track, even if I didn’t get there. I did a lot of planning and prep work for my NaNoWriMo project. October was also the month the second Sirens Benefit Anthology, Witches & Warriors (also available on Amazon), was released. And it was my third Sirens – which turned out to be a very interesting experience when it came to writing related things.
November was – of course – NaNoWriMo. I completed the zero draft of the third Double Helix novel – the last in this trilogy. The draft came in it at over 60,000 words which is about 10,000 more than the zero drafts of the first and second books.
So that’s where things stand right now. More news and plans soon!
I haven’t updated here in awhile and we’re a third of the way through the month, but I need to start being accountable again. So here’s January’s plan though it’s a bit short!
Double Helix – Shadows and Secrets
Double Helix – Emergence anthology
- Not Alone Project short story
- Witches & Warriors short story
Now that the work is mostly done on the anthology (other than marketing), I’m having to change gears. I’m finding it a more difficult thing to do than I’d expected.
It’s not just moving past the anthology to the next project. It’s figuring out what that next project is. It’s determining just how much havoc the anthology caused to my plan for the year. Because it was completely unplanned and unexpected, I had to drop things I was working on.
Where do I pick up? Where do I start trying to get back on track?
I also have some major decisions to make about what method of publishing I want to pursue with some of my stories. Do I still want to pursue traditional publishing for some of them? Or do I want to self-publish all of them?
How do I market them? How do I build up an audience? A mailing list? What can I offer readers to sign up for my mailing list or visit my site?
How do get back in the right mindset to work on the projects I put aside?
These are some of the things I’m struggling with right now. It may take some time, but I will figure them out.
Things started to go off the rails in August – and didn’t do any writing in September (so no planning or update posts for that month) – I’m only now getting things back on track!
Zero Draft – Clockwork Empire
I only managed about 22,000 words on Clockwork Empire. There was a lot more background and planning work for the story than I’d planned on. I did get most of it worked out, but the writing was slow.
Revision – Dark and Light
The goal was 45,000 words and I got to 43,000. I had to stop and re-evaluate some things when the feedback on Shadows and Secrets came in, since Dark and Light is the sequel.
Blog Posts –
Blog posts…. right…. I had planned to do several of them here and on other sites. That didn’t happen. I need to better about that. I promise I’ll do better!