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 –
typo/consistency edit – completed, as noted above. I made a placeholder cover and put it onto my wife’s Kindle for her to read.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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
- To write the new stuff needed to complete the outline
- (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.
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?