Today’s main news is a bit sad, at least to me, on one level, and a relief on another. For the last month and a half, I’ve been posting six times a week. I’ve been having a lot of fun with the posts, but they’ve seriously cut into my time to get some writing in for my books and poems.
This is a fluid process. I’m certainly not going to close down my blog! So my new aim is three posts each week. Sometimes they’ll be prompts, tips and news. Other times they might be snippets of fiction or a poem. Or perhaps a poll or blogroll. I’m going to keep things a little more loose as to the structure in hopes that it frees up some of my schedule.
I want to thank everyone for being great readers and hope you’ll continue to visit. I’m enjoying writing these posts, and talking about them with you. Thanks also for your flexibility.
I went to Mystic Seaport today with a friend. Great for inspiration, great for research, bad for holding to my current timeliness for writing Out of the Sea. So I am going to have to revise that. It will be better off, anyway. Also got some great feedback for massive improvements to Snowed In.
Poetry is lagging this week. I need poetic inspiration…any ideas?
Developing a writing career, whether part time or full, is at the least, 70% marketing. This week I built my Facebook page. I hope, dear reader, that you will feel free to use this outlet to stay in touch with me. I’m most interested in knowing what my readers like to read, what they think of anything I post and what they might want to see on my blog.
This week I will get another step closer to publishing my first poetry anthology. I will let you in on a little secret–my true goal is to have it up and ready for public consumption within two weeks. I’ve been working on it for awhile, and there is little remaining to accomplish.
Regarding Out of the Sea, I’m still working on my edits & rewrites. By the end of this month, I’ll be 1/5 through. So I have to pick it up a little bit to make my April 30 goal, but I think it’s still very much within my grasp.
Finally, the last part of Snowed In will be posted up this Friday. Who do you think the killer is?
Edit: I apologize that this post did not get published at noon today. It was my own fault–I entered the wrong publishing time by mistake.
This week I’ve devoted much of my creative energy toward thought. April, the month when I begin writing my next book (by hand), is fast approaching. Oh, it may not seem as though it is, but already February is two thirds over. I know the basic premise I want to employ for my next book but I have yet to commit to a plot–and nail down the actual events of the story.
I have made the decision though that I will create characters on both sides of the Crusades, and use their point of views to tell the story, whatever it works out to be. What I”m still debating though is whether to have two from each side or one. I would like it to be balanced, so I don’t think I’ll go with one from one side and two from the other.
For me, I must always develop the characters and then the plot. I think this week, my goal for that story will be to determine:
1. Which Crusade I use for the backdrop of my story
2. Basic information for my characters, including their motivations. Perhaps next week I’ll post up character sheets for them.
In other news, I’ve firmed up some information that I believe was holding me back from progressing with my rewrite of Out of the Sea. I think this week I’ll be able to continue as planned, and complete the rewrites for chapters one and three.
Along with the next bit of “Snowed In” and a new poem, I think I should be fairly busy this week!
This past Tuesday, I brought two poems that I’ve published on my blog to the Shoreline Cluster of Poets and was pleased with their reception. It’s renewed my energy to work on editing my poetry anthology, even though these particular poems aren’t in it. They’ll be in the next one, though.
As for fiction, I’m still chugging along. This weekend turned out to be not so great for writing, unfortunately. However, I think I’ll meet my goals this week for even though the week itself is busy, I think I can squirrel away some time here and there.
So I’m a bit behind on my goals, due to taking advantage of beautiful, springlike weather. I used to love winter in New England, but I’m really enjoying the mild days (yes, I know we’re not supposed to like global warming, but sunshine instead of ice storms is nice on occasion).
Yesterday I had planned to write, but went hiking instead. Although, I did find some inspiration for a poem that I’m working out in my head, so I suppose writing-wise, the time was equally well spent.
Today I’m playing catch up a bit. Yes, I will watch some of the superbowl. But the truth is, I really don’t care much for watching sports on television. The commercials are usually pretty funny though…
But after what feels like two weeks of being constantly busy, it’s nice to be able to breathe and reset my brain. That in mind, here are my goals this week:
1. Rewrite Chapter One and start rewriting Chapter Three of Out of the Sea.
2. Read some more each night of God’s War for my next book research–I’ve been distracted by reading The Hunger Games, which I’m almost finished with (I’ve enjoyed it, despite predictability).
3. Write a poem.
4. Work some more on a short story I started recently and get part of it up for my fiction post later this week.
These goals may seem small, but there are only so many hours in a day. Hopefully I can meet them this week!
What are your writing goals for the next seven days?