The Two Hundred and Fifty-Seventh Post: The One Where I Go On Ahead and Do The Whole New Year’s Resolutions…

… so I can start ignoring them on January 1st.

The most important one: Really ramp up the production of the works:

  1. Finish an outline every month
  2. 1,700 words a day, six days a month, this will allow me to…
  3. Finish a rough draft every three months.
  4. Have a finished novel out at least once a year.

     

This is completely within reason (well, I’m not so sure about the first one given I’ve had with getting the concept of Tyro’s third novel down. However, I have so many other things to work on) and if I am to gain any traction and get this career thing going, I should have some sort of structure or plan to adhere to. The most important thing that I must remember is that if I fall short of a goal – it is not the end of civilization or my career. Yes, I am one of those insufferable perfectionist types when it comes to my writing. Yes, this is going to be a problem, but it is one that I can head off at the pass. Like the old saying goes: ‘art is not completed, only abandoned‘.

Speaking of abandonment – the editing is coming along. If I can get at least two pages done, I’m doing good as far as being consistent. However, having only 2 ½ weeks to get it done so I can get the final word count (pro-tip: have the whole thing done before you get the art done, just sayin’) to the artist so she can resize the cover. I gotta get this out by Tuesday after Christmas so I can ring in the New Year with a sale or two and hit the ground running as it were.

I am running a little late on this because I hit snooze rather than wake and went back to sleep. While waking up to Art Bell is a great way to get up…I am still getting up. Bed gravity is always hard to overcome in the winter…that and a whole host of other problems that I won’t go into at depth right now. That and the circuit tripped twice because I have a small space heater that just decided that it was the most important thing in the room and blew everything else aside.

I am working on the outline for I/O Error while at work (making me, technically, a paid writer) and it’s creeping along. I am glad I have the night shift so that there are a couple of hours in which the calls are few and far between enough so that I can get a chapter finished. When that outline is done, it will be the next novel to get written. Tyro is going to get an occasional update. One of the things I am going to do is not start writing a series before all the outlines are done. This way, I can avoid that problem of people having a long wait in between books (I’m looking at you, GRRM). Long books, like The Pentateuch of Able won’t see the light of day for years, but it will be nice to surprise people with regular offerings. I never liked the idea of ‘market oversaturation’. Seems like a ploy to inflate demand.

Well, I need to get to work. As always – thanks for reading. If you like this, feel free to subscribe over on the right. Also, one of my good friends and better writer Amy Valenti has a couple of books out. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for something different.

I hope y’all have a good day.

 

Sincerely,

Seething Apathy

 

 

 

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