2012 Writing Deliberately
I'm ready for another Year of Writing Deliberately. A Year of Writing Deliberately was born back in 2010 when I read about Jennifer's idea of the Year of Reading Deliberately, the thoughts started rolling about in my head about being deliberate with not only my reading, but also writing as well.
Deliberate - "Done with or marked by full consciousness of the nature and effects." How often do we go through our days on auto pilot, not giving conscious thought to what we are doing. Never fully in the moment, but thinking about what needs to be done next, splitting our attention away from what actively doing at the moment.
I discovered through Julia Cameron's The Artist Way the best way to go about things is to be there in the moment, stay positive and write goals: Daily, weekly, yearly. To help me with my writing goals this year, I am going to continue to be a part of A Round of Words in 80 Days, the brainchild of Kait Nolan.
The challenge will run in 80 days increments, 4 times a year with a break between.
Your goal can be anything you like as long as it is MEASURABLE. If you’re already in the middle of a WIP, that’s fine. Tailor your goal to suit that. You may even want to set mini goals (I want to finish the last 40k of this novel. Then I want to spend the last 20 days revising it at x pages a day.). There are a lot of elements to writing a book other than the writing itself. Plotting. Outlining. Character Interviews. Whatever. Set your goal to match wherever you are right now on your WIP. If you want to use your Round for editing a novel, that’s fine too. Just know that this is, at heart, a writing challenge, so all the weekly inspirational posts will be geared in that direction.
There’s no mandatory daily word count. Every writer is different, everyone has different schedules. You set a goal that works for you. Find a way to make writing a priority in your life in a way that FITS. But set SOME kind of schedule and be CONSISTENT.
I have 5 works in progress began during National Novel Writing Month: 2007 - Floating on the Surface, 2008 - Winter's Illusion, 2009 - Eyes in the Ashes, 2010 - Red Thief and
2011 - Blue Steel. I've reviewed each story and will be editing Eyes in the Ashes.
My goals for 2012
1) Eyes in the Ashes: Edit and polish, find beta readers and ready for querying.
2) Breakdown into measurable weekly goals.
4) Join IRL or online Critique Group.
5) Write at least 500 words a day. I hand write all my stories, then type them up essentially completing a 2nd edit.
6) Develop 2012 Nano story - utilize K.M. Weiland's suggestions in Outlining Your Novel to prepare the story first.
7) DYI MFA - Read and study the following craft books.
Reading Like a Writer- Francine Prose Revision and Self Editingby James Scott Bell
- Characters, Emotion and Viewpoint by Nancy Kress
- Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell
Story Engineeringby Larry Brooks
- On Writing Romance by Leigh Michael
- Art of Romance Writing - Valerie Parv
- Writing Mysteries - Edited by Sue Grafton
- Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell
- Elements of Style by Strunk and White