More than 10 years of writing, rewriting, Wikipedia, libraries, reading, revision, proofreading, first drafts, second draft, third drafts, red pens, ink cartridges, paper, Word, Scrivener, track changes, critique groups, conversations with friends, late nights, large coffees, writing conferences, conventions, query letters, synopses, rejections, Facebook, twitter, blog posts, and now it’s done.
If you’ve dreamed of writing your own novel(s) but haven’t yet written anything besides the first two chapters—and trust me, I’ve been there—you’re probably wondering how I got it all done, in addition to my everyday workload and all of the other stuff that goes into a life.
Aside from finding consistent time to write every day (even just a few hundred words), a lot of the advice in this article probably wouldn’t work for me, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work for someone else. Courtesy of Lifehacker.
Do you write chronologically? Or are you prone to writing whatever scene strikes your fancy? Do you skip around, hop ahead, circle back? Or are you inclined to move from scene 1 to scene 2 to 3 and beyond?
Courtesy of Tor.com.
This is me. Everything is chaos until it’s not.
As we look forward to another year I thought I’d share some of my writing goals for 2017:
- Publish Daughters of Shadow and Blood – Book III (duh)
- Audiobooks for Yasamin and Elena
- Edit YA alternate history fantasy novel
- Write at least two novellas in a new Southern Gothic series
- New Serbian Bureau of Strange Occurrences short stories (or maybe a novella)
- New Yasamin short stories
- More linked stories in the vein (heh) of The Big Bad and The Big Bad II.
So, what does everyone think? What are your writing goals for 2017?
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Because Monday is already taken. This column will feature music I listen to when I write, or maybe sometimes music I just like (and therefore think everyone else should, too).
Humans are capable of doing horrible things. Here’s to hope and joy in 2016 and remembering that humans are also capable of this: