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Do the Work

Late post this week because I have been mostly working on the book.

Because, when it comes right down to it, in order to finish something you have to do the work.

Writers write, painters paint, poets poe — but in all cases they had to do the work to get something at the end of it.

It is true (to a point) that you get faster… actually, not necessarily: you get more efficient rather than necessarily faster. That efficiency sometimes looks like speed because the earlier work has trained you to do the things that work for you, or at least to recognise the dead ends without having to entirely explore them. Regardless, the reason you are more efficient later is because you did the work before, but even work you do when you are more efficient still has to be done.

Characters don’t torture themselves.

Do the work.

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2013 Goals Post: Ostara Edition

At the risk of sounding like someone in the confessional, it has been six weeks since my last progress update.

1. Finish Bluehammer

Last action: typo and basic consistency edits.

Completed these about a month ago, including the scene selection work needed and a terminology sweep (mostly around misleading calendar terms).

Last action: develop a plan, similar to the one I have for Song.

Here’s the Bluehammer plan –

  1. typo/consistency edit – completed, as noted above. I made a placeholder cover and put it onto my wife’s Kindle for her to read.
  2. improve outline – as I noted at the time, I talked about the outline to my writing buddy and we concluded that it was weak for a number of reasons. Making that outline better is critical for the continuing existence of this book.
  3. make the text match the outline
  4. hone the text
  5. make submission materials
Next action: fix the outline.

2. Execute the Song plan

Last action: polish the outline.

No further work on this, which is a problem because I am planning on writing the new stuff to flesh out the outline during Camp NaNoWriMo in April. However, this is what I am going to work on during spring break when I have an opportunity.

  1. To outline what I have
  2. To expand the outline of the first half into a complete story
  3. To work on that outline until the story is good.
  4. To plug in text I can use from Song 2011
  5. To write the new stuff needed to complete the outline
  6. (and the one I missed before) make submission materials – synopsis, pitch, hook, and all of that.

Next action: polish the outline.

3. Submit one novel.

Last action: finish a novel

Song is still looking like the most plausible thing to submit, but I am merely nearer to submission rather than actually ready to submit.

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.

I’ve been continuing to stay in touch my stories and my writing, although not always by making words. For instance, I spent a few weeks on the bus reading Snow Crash for story structure, which was interesting although I still have to apply more analysis.

April is going to be much more focussed on actual writing.

Next action: participate in April Camp NaNoWriMo.

Wildcat Activities

Some of the writing-related things I’ve been doing instead of planned activities include:

Because, y’know, I don’t have enough to do.

This last six weeks has also encompassed tax season. I am happy to pay my subscription to civilisation, but it doesn’t half suck up time making sure the subscription rate is accurate.


As with last time, I am continuing to make progress on finishing a book, but have done nothing further on actually being ready to submit. No excuses – this just hasn’t happened.

Next update will be Beltane (01-May-2013).

Are your goals staying consistent so far this year, or have the goalposts moved?

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