Monday, February 16, 2015
My writing goals
About a year and a half ago, I committed to finishing my novel, and to writing fiction as a broader goal. I'd been trying to write my novel while doing other things, putting it aside for months, working on it spurts, and that just wasn't working. That shouldn't have been a surprise; I never expected that sort of approach to work in any other aspect of my life, so why should it work here?
A year and a half later, I've written three books and several flash pieces, two of which have been published. The main reason I've managed to get as far as I have is that I made the change to setting concrete goals for myself, and held myself accountable.
Now things are a little more complicated. I have several projects instead of just one, and I'm at a stage where I'm facing some scary stuff, like querying agents. So, I'm taking those goals and that accountability to the next level: I'm bringing them here, where they're public and you all can hold me accountable.
Here is the current state of my projects:
Hazel-Green: Should be getting final feedback from my beta readers this week.
MMORPG: Currently revising first draft.
Accidental Divination: First draft is complete, and blissfully hibernating.
Flash pieces: I have one story waiting to be submitted.
So, here is my six-month plan:
By the end of February I will:
1) Have a query letter ready to go out to agents.
2) Send that query letter to at least five agents I have researched.*
3) Have finished the narrative summary revision pass of MMORPG.
4) Finish submitting 'Left Overs' (flash fiction piece).
By the end of March I will:
1) Finish the final polish on Hazel-Green, based on the beta-reader feedback.
2) Finish the remaining revision on MMORPG.
By the end of April I will:
1) Follow up on the query letters sent at the end of February, and send out new letters as needed.**
2) Distribute MMORPG to alpha readers, and get their feedback.
3) Finish my narrative summary revision pass on Accidental Divination.
By the end of May I will:
1) Revise MMORPG based on alpha-reader feedback.
2) Follow up on the query letters sent in April, and send out new letters as needed.
By the end of June I will:
1) Distribute MMORPG to beta readers.
2) Create query letter for MMORG.
3) Finish the remaining revision on Accidental Divination.
4) Prepare for NaNoWriMo Camp NaNoWriMo in July.
By the end of July I will:
1) Distribute Accidental Divination to Alpha Readers.
2) Send query letters to at least five agents researched for MMORPG.
3) Gather feedback from beta readers for MMORPG.
4) Write 25,000+ words during Camp NaNoWriMo on my next project.
There are a couple of caveats:
*I am also considering submitting this book to Booktrope, and am waiting for feedback on that.
**If I'm super-duper lucky, maybe one of the agents will want pages, or even want to represent me! But I know rejection is far more likely, so I'm not going to count those chickens. I will be very happy to have to revise this plan if they hatch.
***I'd like to write at least 50,000 words, but am building in a bit of a safety net for anything that takes longer than I anticipate.
There it is, in black and white...I'll check in each month and let you know how it goes! I'll re-evaluate and revamp as needed. :)