*shakes off the dust and clingy shittiness of 2013*
Right! New Year, New Goals. I was going to write this post anyways, but saw that David Farland had a post up about Writing Goals, so I modified my original idea to break it down into lists. (yay organization!)
Novel 2 – The Novelling Deepens
Research into necessary historical issues: societal, military, organizational and scientific practices.
World Build the nations, economy, conflicts and societies where the story takes place.
Develop the Characters who live in this world: who they are, who they want to be and what’s stopping them from being that.
Outline the major plot points and then work from large to small: breaking down the major events into arcs and then chapters.
Research into medical proceedures, nanotechnology and medical complications.
World Build for 1) Gaslight Fantasy, 2) Sci Fi system, 3) Blood Curses.
Develop the Characters and their story arcs.
Outline the major plot points.
Style – Work on smoothing out style. Less jerkiness from topic to topic, unless it sylistically contributes to the scene/story at hand. Must be intentional.
Grammar – Break out the ol’ CP Stylebook and do a thourough comb-through of all stories and novels.
Story – Needs to be a story vs a situation. Characters need to have agency, rather than just react to events going on around them.
Novel – SpyFi
Complete Draft 2.1 by Ad Astra (April 4th) [Essentially a full re-write] – 40%
Short stories to Finish
Water’s Way – 50%
Ghak the Great – 30%
Goetia – 30%
Rejection – 30%
The Cold Ones – 10%
Personal Demons – 10%
Rosie n’ Punt Make a Man – 10%
Hollow Girl – 0%
Don’t Know Jack – 0%
Homecoming Queen – 0%
Write between 500-1000 words per day.
Draft at least one short story per month.
Revise the previous month’s and submit it.
Enter WotF until I’m ineligible (either through winning or sales, either would count as a success!)
Finish a draft of a novel. (likely revised drafts)
Editing & Rewriting
Novel – SpyFi
Have a version of the novel that is ready for submissions by Year’s end, either for Angry Robot’s Open Door, or to get an Agent.
Use the following system for EVERY short story:
TerribleMinds‘ Flash Fridays at least twice a month.
David Farland’s Daily Kick in the Pants
Continue to work with critique group(s)
Ad Astra – Attend as many relevant panels as possible and as many parties as possible and sleep… sometime.
Dragon*Con – Writer’s Track (not sure about this website though, looks like it might be out of date)
Can-Con – hopefully be on some panels again, though not sure how I’m going to top last year’s dinner with Derek and David Hartwell. That was kind of awesome.
Dragon*con has some workshops listed, and if they’re offered again this year I’m hoping to make it out to some of them.