The New Year, part 2: Looking forward

In November 2015, I decided to do a Year of 100,000 Words! I wanted to finish my GreenSky novella series and plot the three novels, and basically get myself organised. So, looking forward into 2016, I’m continuing on with that; it’s replaced my Writing Resolutions, mostly because it includes them.

Plan for 2016I’m months ahead of my original plan: I’ve finished Books 6, 8 and 9! Desert Sands & Silence was finished just before Christmas and has now gone to my alpha reader; in addition, Empty Skies (book 5) has gone to two additional betas for comment. It’s the weakest book of the series and I’m not entirely happy with it, so I’m looking forward to their comments.

I’m waiting for my betas to read 5 and 6 before I can give them 7, 8 and 9…I know Golden Trust (Book 8) needs some additions but I’m happy with Book 9. And Book 10, Bright Spark & Sunrise, is in progress! I put a snippet in an earlier post on plotting. So, the GreenSky novellas are waaaay ahead of target. The novels are still in the planning stages, but I’m happy for those to just sit. I’m still getting ideas from everyone and everything, so they’ll change over the next few months. This is the inspiration stage!

My Dresden Files writing (ok, fanfiction, of a sort) is winding down. I’ve written over 100,000 words there over the last two years, but as the campaign’s finishing it’s getting archived. I’m still playing another game, but thankfully that doesn’t involve as much writing – but does involve more plotting. In terms of other writing…I wanted to do some work on my Shadow Series, but that hasn’t happened. I’ll leave that for the time being, I think. The Madcap Library has also been temporarily shelved, which is fine.

In better news, I’m getting a story published in the Fox Spirits Biscuits anthology…my first short story, but hopefully the first of many! I’ve found it incredibly difficult to write short stories with nothing to base them on; I need a line, a word, a starter! I’m also finding it far easier to write in the GreenSky world, as both of my submitted stories (one accepted, one no word yet) were based in that world and from a specific prompt. It makes it harder for me to find things to submit to, but means I write better stories when I do find something.

So, writing targets for the next nine months (so by NaNoWriMo 2016):

  • Finish Book 10, Golden Trust & Treasure.
  • Get the GreenSky novellas finished and ready to go, which is a ‘by Easter’ target.
  • Get the three novels plotted by November at the latest.
  • Submit at least six short stories to anthologies or competitions.
  • Spread my influence and wings. Market, talk, interact. Find reviewers and readers. I find marketing really hard, but I just need to do it.

In terms of personal targets, I have a few;

  • Continue at Swindon FreeWriters – we’ve had new interest due to NaNo, so it’s lovely to have new faces! We’ve got plans to expand too, so keep an eye on the SFW website if you’re interested.
  • Do Jo Hall’s Increasing Discoverability Reading Challenge; I want to read 12 new (to me) women writers this year. Considering that’s one a month, I’m hoping that’s definitely achievable. I’ve got a few in my TBR pile already so I’ll do a post on that later in January.
  • Walk! My awesome husband bought me a Fitbit for Christmas, mostly because I want to see how many steps I do round the Library a day. Considering I do a four-mile commute anyway, it’s going to be fun to be able to track it. I’ll amend my goals throughout the year, so this is just an ongoing thing.

So, there we go! Happy New Year, everyone, and I wish you luck and success in all your enterprises this year! (Heavens knows I’ll need it!)