How Am I Doing?

So, we’re not quite halfway through 2016 yet, but I’ve come to realize that I haven’t given you guys an “update” on what I’ve been up to lately.

April was so wrapped up in Camp NaNoWriMo news, March was a lazy month where I barely got anything done, and I can’t even remember January and February, so don’t even ask about that.

I’m banking on the next four months to be really productive! Well… I hope the rest of the year is productive.

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My Monthly Schedule (for the rest of 2016)

May: write/edit
June: outline/edit
July: write (Camp NaNo)
August: write/edit
September: write
October: outline/edit
November: write (NaNo)
December: write (Short Story Sunday)

I try to work out my schedule to collaborate with the NaNo sessions. I also don’t want to be working on the same project two months in a row. Sometimes I get burned out with a project within one month. I couldn’t imagine working on something for two months straight.

So far this schedule has been working well for me.

2016 Writing Goals

1. Prepare George Florence to be query-worthy by the end of the year.

This all depends on how far I get in the novel with my writer’s group. Joining that writer’s group was the best thing I could have done for my novel and I want my group members to be able to read and give me feedback on the entire novel, though I only submit about 20 pages at a time and we only meet once a month.

So I may or may not still be in the editing stage come the beginning of 2017.

2. Finish and edit The Lost Girl for Wattpad.

I have a Wattpad account for a reason. I’m hoping to put last month’s Camp NaNo project on there. Though it still needs quite a bit of work. I’m hoping it will be posted on there in November/December/January. I’m giving myself a little extra time since November and December are busy months.

3. Edit Take Over

This is on the backburner. I wrote this novel a while ago and have edited bits and pieces of it here and there. I do hope to get it published someday, though it’s not my priority at the moment.

If I ever need a break from George Florence or The Lost Girl, I’ll be working on Take Over.

4. Work on short stories

I do plan on entering contests and submitting to magazines. In order to do that, I need to write and edit short stories or poems or something. So that will be done here and there.

So this is where I stand at the moment. I do have a plan even though I sometimes act like I don’t.

If you read my May Goals, you’ll know that I’ll be working on George Florence. It has a lot of editing to get through, but I’ll work on it for the first half of the month, up until the 15 of May. That’s when I submit the next part to my writer’s group and then we don’t meet until the end of the month.

So from the 15 through the rest of the month I’ll work on something else.

It’ll be the same thing with June and so on.

I know I just said that I didn’t want to work on a project two months in a row, but I think taking half a month off in between will be good for now. I have a lot of work to do on George Florence and that novel is my top priority at the moment.

So that’s where I currently stand on my writing projects. I have lots and lots of editing ahead of me.

What are you major goals for your writing? What are you currently working on?

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16 thoughts on “How Am I Doing?

  1. Sounds like you have plenty on your plate to make this year a productive year Rache! Good luck with it all and I’ll always be here to lend an ear or an eye if you need. πŸ™‚

  2. Good luck with your goals, Rachel! πŸ™‚ I also tend to burn out if I work on a project for too long, so I’m also bouncing around between different projects. I don’t really have a strict schedule for the rest of the year, but I currently have one novel to edit (by which I mean, I might have to rewrite a lot of it––haha), and then I have two historical fiction/fantasy novels I’m currently writing. I was working on one of them for Camp NaNo, but I realized it needs a lot more planning before I continue it. I’m thinking I might dedicate May to doing a lot of research/planning for my WIPs.

    • Ah, yeah. That’s what I did in March. I did a lot of research and planning. It’s hard for me to just wing a novel. I always need an outline or something to go by, lol.
      Good luck with your projects!

  3. It’s good to have a plan, so I think you’re at least ten steps ahead of me there. Haha. πŸ˜‰

    I’m still working on the third entry to my trilogy. Currently, I’m on Chapter 4. I’ve actually been working on this trilogy since starting the first novel in May 2013. So I’ve been busy with writing and editing and rewriting and more editing the three books (mostly the first book) for the past 3 years. It’s been a struggle to stay with it, and sometimes I’m not even sure I’m going to finish it (I’m sure I will), but I just keep getting ideas and scenes and keep plugging them in.

    By the way, for May the Fourth Be With You, I watched all of the Star Wars Episode I featurettes and webisodes and one thing that really stuck with me, from The Beginning: Making Episode I, was something George Lucas said about working for so long on Star Wars: “I can’t just sort of say, ‘Oh, this will be fun,’ and knock it off in a week… This is like a marriage… You have to be in love with this thing for at least four or five years and probably for the rest of your life.” I think that resonated with me because I’m going on my fourth year of working on my trilogy and I don’t know how much longer it’s going to take. Maybe I’ll be working on it for the rest of my life. Who knows? Haha. I guess that’s why women don’t look at me as a potential partner. They can see that I’m already married.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that I envy your strategy of working on different projects simultaneously. I wish I could do that, but my protagonist, Kara, just wants all of my attention.

    • I have to work on multiple projects or I go crazy, lol. Though every time I start working on a new novel, George starts nagging me again.
      But you’re completely right. It is like a marriage. We have our work cut out for us, lol.

  4. Having multiple projects is a good way to combat burning out. I tend to just stop writing during those times, so i will give this a go. You sound really productive, and good luck on your writing.

    • It really is! I spent six hours yesterday trying to figure out the timeline for the series. And I didn’t even finish.

      • Wowza. That is a LOT of time. Funny you say that though I was trying to do a similar thing, except for with pacing and tension :s sigh. Why do we do it to ourselves?

        • Oh wow. I’ve barely looked at my actual draft because I know I still have more research and stuff to do.
          I don’t know why we do this.

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