Month: May 2017

June Things, 2017

May was weird. There were substantial interruptions for life, but I got a lot done – some of it was even on the book!

Three Things for May

  1. revise Song – finish a readable second draft.
    1. second pass revision plan – completed the revision plan, consisting of (initially) 170 items.
    2. second pass revision – I was hoping to finish this in May, which isn’t going to happen. As I write this I am at 87%, so I expect I will call it done some time in the first week of June.
      To be honest, finishing this draft was a stretch goal in May so I am quite happy to have made such solid progress.
  2. blog posts – I was planning to continue with process posts, and I did that inasmuch as I wrote one post about my revision plan. Nothing else published, though… I have a couple of half posts based on passing whims, but I need to try to write more posts.
  3. Coppersmith – didn’t do anything with this, dash it all.

Consistent progress on the primary goal, but I’ve really been focussed on that to the point that other writing has fallen off the plate.

Three Things for 2017

Let’s hold up my progress to the goals I set for the year.

  1. finish A Turquoise Song – feeling good about this draft, and it looks like I will have this in reader hands in early June as I had hoped.
  2. talk to some agents, aiming to obtain representation – booked a couple of pitch sessions at WilWriteConf in August. Now I just need to figure out my pitch…
  3. investigate publishing A New Dawn – no work. This may be the one that withers on the vine, since I don’t know when I am even going to work on writing more of this story for my game group. As I have said to the other players, if I work on Dawn then I don’t work on the book, and right now the book has to win.

It looks very much like I will have a competent draft of Song by the end of July. That’s good news.

Three Things for June

  1. revise Song – finish a readable second draft.
    1. second pass revision – nearly done, but still have 21 items remaining.
    2. solicit feedback from beta readers – looking to get this draft in reader hands in early June.
  2. blog posts – time to pick up the pace here. Goal is one a week.
  3. short fiction – while I am waiting for reader feedback, I should look at some short stories.
  4. pitching – I will need to figure out my pitch for Song and any other stories I want to have in my back pocket.

Well, four things for June. Hopefully I will able to get to some of them once the the Song draft is done!

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Revision Plan

After several weeks of reviewing, reading, and comment collection I have my revision plan for the second draft of Song.

Revision Plan Structure

My plans look like long lists of to do items, broken up into sections and occasionally with sub-items. The sections are:

  • timing – durations that need to be checked, sequencing that needs to be confirmed. For Song, I patched up a lot of these before the second read but found many more!
  • structure – things that have an effect over more than one scene, such as character notes, or notes that require an entire scene to be rebuilt.
  • detail – notes on specifics that are missing or wrong, but which don’t necessarily span more than one scene in their scope.
  • copy – typos. I fixed a lot of these as I found them, but there are occasional paragraphs that need more thought over their rework than fixing a misplaced comma.

Plan Items

The items themselves look more or less like this:

[ ] <scene label>, "<location quote>": <comment>
    < > <subcomment>

The Plan for Song

The plan for Song has 170 items (17 items are already addressed): 25 in timing (13 done), 44 in structural (2 done), 93 in detail (2 done), and 8 in copy (0 done).

I would like to have this done by the end of May, and there are 29 days left (including today, the 3rd, because it’s still pretty early). So as long as I average about six items a day I will be fine.

Of course, I will also have to not add new items to the end…

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May Things, 2017

So, that’s a third of the year gone. Gosh.

Three Things for April

April was about continuing work on Song and not a lot else.

  1. revise Song – start to turn this into a readable second draft.
    1. second read – this was the long pole for the month, basically. Last time I said this could easily occupy the whole month, and I was not far wrong on that. The reading itself was done after two weeks, but collecting the comments most of another fortnight.
    2. second pass revision plan – folding the comments I collected from the directed read into the revision plan is still under way, but the plan won’t be ready for another couple of days.
    3. start second pass revision – no work in April. This will occupy most of May for me.
  2. blog posts – wrote several posts, including the expected process posts and the Hard Things post. which I am quite proud of. I would still like to write my “manuscript to book” post, but that didn’t happen in April
  3. Coppersmith – I still don’t want this story to die, but I did nothing to keep it alive in April.

So, mixed. I think putting Coppersmith in the goals was a little silly.

Three Things for 2017

How are the annual goals going a third of the way through?

  1. finish A Turquoise Song – reasonable though not rapid progress. Still broadly on track to have this to readers in June.
  2. talk to some agents, aiming to obtain representation – no work this month, although I need to look at the pitch sessions at the WW conference.
  3. investigate publishing A New Dawn – no work, nothing on the horizon.

Song is still looking plausible for finishing the draft in May. Still happy about that.

Three Things for May

  1. revise Song – finish a readable second draft.
    1. second pass revision plan – finish collating comments from the directed read into a revision plan.
    2. second pass revision – I am optimistic I will get this finished in May.
  2. blog posts – continue with process posts. There’s not really much else I can bring myself to write about at the moment.
  3. Coppersmith – at least reread it, eh? This secondary writing goal suffers from my need to focus on a single thing at a time.

On we go.

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