[WriYe Blog Circle] New Year, New Me

For some reason, my ability to consistently maintain a blog is less reliable than my ability to write every day (which is pretty unreliable for half of the year). So here I am, restarting again with promises of weekly blogs and that I won’t fall away from it on my tongue (fingers?), but I will not say it.

I will write as much as I can, aiming to do it as often as I can, but… I will fail. I am human. It happens.

But more than that! I have a WriYe Blogging Circle Prompt to do and a return to being an active member of that circle. I’ve stepped in as a mod again at WriYe, which will always be my writing group home, so I hope to do a lot of motivation, support, and inspiring writers of all stripes over there.

(You’ve been warned.)

So, without any more rambles…

What’s your WriYe Word Count goal for 2020? Why did you chose it?
What are your plans for the year? What do you want to accomplish with your writing?

My goal this year is 300,000 words. In 2019, I wrote 600,170 words, which… I really did not think I could attain that level of productivity again now that I have a toddler and I hadn’t written seriously in at least three years. But… there it is. Dedication.

I chose 300,000 words because that’s something I know I can do even if at my most busy. It’s about three first drafts, with various stories or novel starts in there.

I want to do more editing this year so I can get myself querying. It’s well and good to keep writing new novels (and boy, do I…) but if I want to make this a career, I need to move onto that next step.

This is the last year of my self-imposed (and collectively imposed on WriYe) #pub2020 challenge so I have to make a move, and make a move now.

Bonus:

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
It will sound weird, but I’m looking forward to really getting over my fears of editing, beta-ing and submitting. My word for my 2020 writing goals is undaunted because I don’t want to let any trepidation hold me back.

Introduction to my #EditnFriends Project

So, over on a friend’s blog, is a new challenge. Liz has decided that since March is traditionally editing month for WriYe and the WriMo’ers around the world, she would put out a challenge to those of us (me) who need things to edit. Every week, we check in on social media with the #editnfriends (so mostly twitter). In my eyes, this is a quasi-check in to make sure I don’t get lazy.

Now to introduce my novel, which has a bit of information in my Novels tab:

Title: The Final Rose
Genre
: Epic High Fantasy
Word Count: 137,000
Summary: Found here
Series: No

So, throughout this past month, I’ve been rereading the novel as if I were a reader and not the author. It’s hard to do but I’ve tried to separate out my editor/inner critic. With any luck, I’ll have it done and can move onto part one:

Scene Blocking

In which I ask myself: is this scene moving the plot? Is it in the right place? Is it necessary or extraneous? Should it be expanded? Reduced?

To do this, I’m using color coded index cards based on which character arc the scene is for and/or who the POV character is in that particular scene. With luck, I will be able to then make sure every arc has nice progression and conclusion.

Plot Doctoring

Did I skip over parts in the middle? (Probably) Does everything make logical sense and flow? (I hope so) Do I need to add things? Does the plot need tweaking? Is it something that would happen in that setting or have I stretched too far and made it unrealistic? (And therefore unsuspend disbelief)

Revising or Rewriting?

The last part is to choose which parts to just revise and keep and which parts to rewrite. I’ll be marking those with every student’s best friend, the Post-It Flag. Some will be “Major Revision.” Some will be “Minor Revision.” Some will be “WTF?”

What is my end goal?

I want this novel to be set up for its third-ish draft in April. I know where I have problems – there are scenes in the middle that need to be retooled and rewritten. I know that the word count is going to grow (because high fantasy never stays contained) but I have to figure out just where I need to cut it.

And I have this habit of adding in awesome plot ideas midway through writing and telling myself I’ll fix them in the edit. You can take three guesses on whether or not I ever do, and two can be thrown away.

When that is all done? Onto the rest of #Pub2020 to try and achieve that published dream.

How will I report in?

I will report in here every Friday as a separate post with my main post. And then I’ll be complaining on Twitter, as one does. A lovely 280-characters of crying.





#Pub2020

The reason I started this blog, and the reason that I’ve really put a focus on writing this year, is for publication. And because I hate to do things alone, I made a challenge for it.

I introduce you to… #Pub2020.

The plan for the year.

What is it? It’s simple. A group of writing friends and I decided that we would do our utmost to take a novel we’re writing or have finished and edit, rewrite, revise and polish until it is ready to be sent out into the world. At that point, querying and pitching should follow, with the aim of an agent or a smaller publishing house.

It seems like a year-to-two-years may be a small time frame, but my real focus is to get into the mindset that I write things worth reading. That I can fix the problems in my writing and there’s nothing wrong with not having a perfect draft on the first try. Whether that’s a hold over from my past or a mental perfectionist thing, I don’t care. I have to work on it.

So this year, I’m moving forward with The Final Rose to try and get that into shape. It’s a novel that reminds me of a Final Fantasy video game come to literature. I have to work on my comps, but that’ll come after I finish the novel.

I also want to use it for Pitch Wars, so the deadline is giving me motivation.

Do you want to join in on #Pub2020? The main thread is over on WriYe in the Publishing subforum. In this blog, I’ll update when I finish each step.

So far, I am now on: ” Edit First Draft for Content”

Here I go.