Exciting times! Winter has arrived. 🙂
My goals for this round are very simple. Write 5,000 words of new fiction per week, and edit for two one-hour blocks each week.
I’m hoping to exceed that editing goal, because I’d like to have Chaos Calling, the sequel to my fantasy novel Queen Witch, published by April. That’s ambitious with my history when it comes to editing novels. But I’m trying to get over my perfectionism. I’ve come to believe it doesn’t actually help a story to rewrite a lot — at least not once you’ve had sufficient practice with crafting stories. I actually completely messed up my first novel in the editing process, and it’s still sitting in a box today.
Good books come from writers who know story. Story is the root of what touches people in fiction.
My first drafts are getting better and better. Trusting that is hard. And it’s also hard to let go of so many years of the editing mind-set. (I edit as part of my day job and believe firmly in the value of multiple sets of eyes.) However, my best fiction is written fast, flowing from my creative side with my subconscious piping up and adding crucial tidbits I’d never know to employ. At times I feel almost meditative, euphoric, as the words just come. If you haven’t gotten to this feeling in your writing yet, keep practicing, because it will happen if you train your brain. Let go of critical voice, tune out your internal editor, and tune into the flow of story.
Okay, enough about my developing writing philosophy. 🙂
I have about 6,000 to 8,000 words to add to Chaos Calling before it’s ready for my editing side. That should take me about two weeks (because I always play around with other stories during the week; I won’t lie and say my whole 5k will go to the major thing I’m working on). At that point everything will be there, every scene complete. Editing will consist of activating language, spotting typos, adding in anything I need to look up from past books or elsewhere, checking transitions, and possibly jazzing up the ending, if needed.
After Chaos Calling is complete, my major writing project starting in February is Shield!!! The fifth and final book in my Children of the Sidhe fantasy romance series. I can’t wait to dig into this story — it’s been waiting a long time! I hope to have the first draft complete by the end of March.
And then I’ll take on The Unseen Mirror, the final book after Chaos Calling.
In recent months I haven’t felt up to tackling the big stories; birthdays, holidays, and two deaths in the family have meant a roller-coaster ride. But I’m through the swinging gate and on to better things, I’m sure. Meanwhile, I started several short stories just for fun that I will publish over the coming year, as they’re ready. Just for fun.
Best of luck with your winter writing, fellow writers and ROWers!