As promised, I’ve finally figured out a game plan for the year. Of course, I couldn’t have done it without the help of Allison. The hour and a half session seemed to fly by and before I knew it, my thoughts were organized, I had a clearer idea of where I stood in regards to my various stories and most importantly, I was able to verbalize what I want out of the year. It felt pretty amazing.
This year will be much different than last year was. I’ll still be working on a book a month but I’m certainly going to be more forgiving with myself. With everything happening over the course of the next 12 months I need to be more relaxed than last year. I’m okay with that.
I learned a lot about myself as a person and as a writer from last year’s exercise so I’m excited to try the adventure again but with some differences. Allow me to outline my plan.
Drum roll please…
- I’m going to focus on 1 genre to send off to publishers
- I’ll finish the literary fiction story in January
- I’ll be working on the 4 books that could evolve into series
- I won’t necessarily keep to the 50,000 words/month structure- it will depend on the month and the project
- I’ll combine editing and re-writing as necessary through out the year
So with all that in mind, here is the year:
- July: CYOA- edits and re-writes
- August: CYOA- edit, re-write and submit to publishers by Aug. 31st
- September: new Western
- October: continue working on Fantasy
- November: new CYOA
- December: continue working on Steampunk
- January: continue working on Literary Fiction
- February: new Western
- March: new Fantasy
- April: new CYOA
- May: new Steampunk
- June: new Fantasy
Obviously a lot can and will change through out the year but with this outline sketched in sand I finally have a direction and a goal in mind. Working in the genres that I had the most success with last year is a much better bet than dabbling in the unknown. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes of this year.