The lesson from the last six weeks is that I should have been writing – this has not been a productive period.
1. Finish Bluehammer
Last action: fix the outline.
I haven’t done any direct work on this, but I have read a craft book which has given me more to think about and the characters and setting are certainly in mind.
- improve outline – ongoing.
- make the text match the outline
- hone the text
- make submission materials
Next action: fix the outline.
2. Execute the Song plan
Last action: polish the outline.
This is basically all I have been working on over the last six weeks*.
I do have a better story with stronger plot and characters, but it is still a mess of unconnected scenes rather than a narrative.
I did make some interesting decisions about the story, though, such as switching to a first person POV, and defining characteristics of the antagonist, but most of this has been head work rather than keyboard work.
Right at the minute, I am fleshing out my outline using a spreadsheet to fill in details about scenes so that I analyse the outline further. So, I need to finish that then crack on with the rewrite. I am going to give this another two weeks.
To outline what I have To expand the outline of the first half into a complete story
- To work on that outline until the story is good.
To plug in text I can use from Song 2011 – this is no longer a meaningful goal since I need to rewrite everything.
- To write the new stuff needed to complete the outline – or, as it should be cast now: To rewrite to match the outline.
- Make submission materials – synopsis, pitch, hook, and all of that.
Next action: populate the outline.
Next action: rewrite.
With the outline be done in two weeks or less, I will want to get on with doing the necessary rewrite. I expect that next draft to take about two months.
3. Submit one novel.
Last action: finish a novel
Still working on Song as the most likely submittable thing this year, but if anything I am further from submission than nearer to it. We will see what the summer brings.
Last action: to find some markets
No work on this.
4. Start looking for an agent.
Last action: research agents who represent science fiction.
No work on this.
5. Establish a daily writing practice.
Last action: write every day.
This blog has been my most consistent fingers-on-keyboard writing, and I am glad I have had it for that reason alone, although there have been times where I have been blogging instead of writing fiction which is less satisfactory. Much of my time has gone on other things such as garden projects and even the last throes of tax season – and the idea that I would get any writing done on spring break was fanciful.
I have been working on my stories even if I have not been adding words, but I need to be adding words.
But I’m really looking forward to getting down to the rewrite on Song.
The next six weeks are going to be critical in keeping going, because after that it is summer and there is a constant pressure to spend time on family and household activities instead of writing – which is, y’know, what makes life worth living, but it doesn’t get the book written.
Last action: participate in April Camp NaNoWriMo.
That didn’t go so well.
I think the best that can be said is that I have been breathing in. This blog is still going, but other than that I have been struggling to stay focussed on the work. This is going to change.
Next update will be a little after the summer solstice (21-Jun-2013). The solstice itself is my writing weekend, a generous birthday/father’s day gift from my family so I will update again after that.
[*] and what is another term for “six weeks” in this context? The Wiccan/pagan festivals I am using as my update markers are also known as sabbats, but is there another term for the time period between sabbats? Intersabbat? Sabbatical? Sabbatini?