The Year Of Hard Work

Thanks to @Figures, I’ve decided to do a year of hard work. He’s almost at the end of his “Year Of Half A Million Words”, so he’s now passing the baton to me – although I admit mine is “Year of 100,000 Words”! This is the plan:

NaNo 2015: I’m finishing Desert Sands and Silence, the book 5 of the GreenSky series.

By Easter 2015: finish Golden Trust & Treasure (book 8).

By the end of Summer: finish Crystals & Communications (book 9) and Bright Spark & Sunrise (book 10); I am on summer hours at work, so I have extra time!

By NaNo 2016: have plotted the three novels for series 3 of GreenSky. (Yeah, I’ll work on the titles. It’s not the most catchy thing right now).

NaNo 2016: write book 1 of series 3 of GreenSky.

I’ve also got other writing that I want to check over; I’d like to finish Shadows in the Light and Ghosts in the Fog, or at least re-plot them. I have got other things to work on; I want to see if I can turn a couple of unfinished novels into short stories, and also see what else I can finish or publish or at least work on.

In terms of admin, I’m going to do a writing audit before I start; I want to know where I am so that I can then see what I’m doing. I’m going to start tracking my wordcounts and time too, at least during NaNo. It’ll take a while to get into the habit of it, and I’m not sure how good it will be for me to be able to track my work; I’m worried it might descend into more pressure or ‘should’s. But I will see!

In the wider writing world, I’ve also got a few aims.

The first is social media; I want to widen my online presence and talk to more people. I met a lot of interesting people at FantasyCon so I need to keep talking to them, and I also want to make better use of social sites and forums; Goodreads, LibraryThing, Reddit, Facebook. I’m on quite a few anyway but I want to join everything up a bit more.

The second is Swindon FreeWriters. Adrian is determined to make Swindon a writing capital, and to bring SFW and Swindon to the fore! We’re going to do a BristolCon Fringe event, and we want to do more social events. I need to start putting more news on the website and use the forums more, while Adrian wants to develop the critique aspect of the group and encourage everyone to write. We’ve already got some new members (we’re stealing Gloucester people and a couple of self published writers) and hopefully we can do more with it!

And the third is Grimbold Books. I’m going to be helping with more of the admin; I’m editing, proofreading, reading the slush pile and doing web admin! Our brilliant Sammy has a full-time job, a small baby and a publishing business to run, and the lovely Zoe is equally snowed under – so woot to anything I can do to help! I’m just starting out with it all, so we’ll see how it goes.

Adrian’s got some challenges too: he’s going to plot book 2 of his series, get synopsis (synopses?) written for four books, and generally get his writing life in order by December. Next year is going to be his big year!

So…wish me luck!