Happy (slightly belated) New Year! Since the beginning of December, I've been thinking of what writing resolutions I wanted to make in the coming year, but my future is a little uncertain at the moment. I'm still job hunting and have applied from everything from a supervisor job to overnight work to overseas work, so I'm not sure how much time I'll have to devote to writing. That being said, I really want to finish my novella-in-verse this year, as well as complete a few other projects that involve more editing and planning and less actual writing. “Write everyday” is of course not my speed, and even “do something writing related everyday” can be difficult, so I’ve settled on weekly goals instead.
Every week, I will:
- Plan something: This can be outlining a scene or chapter, or hammering out some world building for the alternate-history fantasy mystery (AHFM) WIP.
- Write something: At the start of the year, this will be either a scene or chapter of the novella-in-verse or a blog post. Once the novella is finished, I want to try my hand at a short story idea that’s been floating around in my head. I'm shooting for writing at least two scenes or blog posts per week.
- Edit or research something: I combined these because I feel that one is more time sensitive and the other is more time consuming. That is, I won't have something to edit every week, so during those times I'll research something for my AHFM WIP.
- Picture something: i.e. make a picture, either book photos for my Instagram or quote pictures from my books. Essentially, create something for social media.
There are fifty-two weeks in a year, and fifty-two weeks of outlined scenes, prepped blog posts, written poems, researched topics, and spiffified photos is a decently large but doable goal. Plus, this allows me wiggle room for days that I’m feeling under the weather and don’t want to do anything or, conversely, am feeling super productive.
To give you all a glimpse of my
madness method, and to keep myself honest, I’ll post my weekly progress on Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram. I’m also going to chart what I’ve done in a planner, so I can look back and see how far I’ve come. I have a lot of big plans for this coming year, but I’m going to tackle them one week at a time!
|My progress last week (not counting this post, which I wrote on Monday)