I’ve spent the last five months getting my writing back on track, ramping up the editing of drafted material, and prepping for some indie, and hopefully professional, publishing in 2019.
Rather than talk about specific projects, even if I’ve got them in mind, I’m going to keep the goals listing very general. I do have a habit of reforecasting and modifying my plans on a regular basis, so I’m going to establish benchmarks here instead of specifics.
I’m building my writing
- Plotting of the four novels I hope to write in 2020.
- First draft of three novels.
- Three novels to final draft.
- 12 Short Stories, which will likely mostly fall into the 3-7k range. Yes, scaling back to one completed story per month. There are reasons, which will be revealed in the fullness of time.
- Editing on all of the Undead stories. I’m starting the year with about a quarter of them at a finished third draft.
- ST:FU Final Draft. This may be harder than it sounds. The first draft was just a conversion from an audio drama script. The second will likely involve some heavy expansion.
- Finish the Haiku book. I just need the lilacs to bloom to get the image I want.
- Book-length non-fiction project. Hint: ISIRTA.
- 100 Blog Posts. 2 per week, which I managed in 2018, from the first of August onward.
- 50 Journal entries. 1 per week. There was a time when I kept a daily journal with entries 100-200 words long. I somehow doubt I’ll ever get back to that level.
Making the writing piece of things only requires an average word count of 1100 per day. Counting all of my writing days in 2018, I averaged just a touch over 2000. That said, I’ve built a lot more editing into the plan than previously. Aside from all of the books I want to write, I have six novels somewhere past first draft complete but not having made it to or through final draft yet and at least 50 short stories that fall into the same category. Those numbers are only going to grow if I don’t start catching up.
But 1100 words per day on average means that if all of my drafting is via dictation during commutes (which I hope it won’t be), I need to manage 1750 words per commuting day in 2019. As in every commuting day. I average about 40 words per minute composing and dictating while I drive. Not exactly fast, but that does add up to 2400 words per hour, which is roughly my daily total commute. 1750 seems achievable.
To preface these goals, I’ll note that I have seven novels and one collection sitting, waiting. Final draft complete, but I haven’t taken that next step. This year, I’m going to take a whole bunch of next steps.
- I’m going to shop 2 of those 7, at minimum, looking for either an agent or a small press for each.
- I’m going to independently publish 3 of the other 5.
- I’m also going the indie route on that collection.
- And on four shorter pieces, though nothing smaller than a long novelette.
- 100 short story submissions to magazines, websites, and anthologies.
- All 7 of my Star Trek shorts will appear on Wattpad and maybe wind up being downloadable PDF files as well.
If it seems like a lot, it probably is, and there are certainly no guarantees. But I’m a firm believer in dreaming big. All of the writing goals are more than achievable if I stay more or less on the track I’ve been building for the last half year. The publishing ones are a new piece of the puzzle, except for short story submissions, so they don’t have any data to back them up, but we’ll see how things work out.
There are also a handful of secret goals and stretch goals which I have detailed, but will probably only get shared on a one-by-one basis as conditions are met.
Be well, everyone.by