Last year I set out several goals for myself as far as writing was concerned, and promised a follow up at the end of the year. I surprised myself with everything I managed to get done, and I’m proud of how far I came. Original post can be found here.
So here’s how I did:
1. Spam out a messy first draft of Two. I didn’t get as far as I wanted with this. I did however, make it to 50,000 words in the draft, and 18 chapters (I had originally planned for 19), so I came close to what I wanted. Unfortunately, this story is evolving itself and it’s looking like it’ll drag out longer than I had planned. But I’m happy with how far I made it.
2. Get at least half a first draft of DoER. Even though this was second on the list, it was actually my second to last priority for the year. I didn’t start actually working on it until June. My goal for the first draft was 75,000 words.
In the end, I finished a very rough first draft. A complete rough draft. And it ended up being nearly 140,000 words long. I still have no idea how I manged to do that, but I’m very proud of myself.
3. Ronan’s story rewrite. I think I made it about halfway through this. I thought I’d make it farther, but I also thought it was going to be easier than it’s proving to be. So far I have been completely reworking the entire story, both plot events and completely revamping some character arcs and their roles. I’m getting to a point where the redone story will start matching up with the first draft, so it may start going faster from here. But I can’t complain about my progress. In reworking the story I’ve now exceeded the original wordcount of the first draft, and have two more chapters than the original draft had, and I’m still only about halfway through the story. I’m glad I decided to finally start this.
It also has a title now! Azaria Durant helped me figure it out, so now this story is officially known as Heir of Blood.
4. D&S. I thought I’d only be writing drabbles for this story, but I’ve actually written 16 chapters for it, and have almost 50,000 words for it so far. I have no idea how much longer it’s going to be, this is the most discovery writing oriented project I’ve ever worked on, and I have no idea what the plot is doing, but I’m having fun with it at least.
(This project also may have a better working title, but I’m keeping it under wraps for now, while I try to decide if I actually want to go with it or not.)
5. Write at least one short story. I actually wrote a couple. But the one I specifically wanted to write, for the contest, did get written and submitted. I didn’t place at all, and I actually submitted it to a second contest with the same results, but I’m still proud of my story, and I think I did well with it.
All in all I ended the year with just at 326,000 words. My original goal for the year was 100,000, so I more than tripled that, and I’ve really proven to myself this year just how much I can write at a time.
1. Finish writing Two. Honestly I’m ready to be done with this story. Two has been a problem child since she became a character, and I have no idea what’s going on with this story anymore. Part of that is on me, I should have gotten a better idea of the story’s plot before I started writing, but at the same time I have a feeling that wouldn’t have helped. Once I finish this I can start figuring out a plot for Three. I plan to finish first drafts for all four books in the series first before going back and working on reworking them. But first, I just need to finish Two.
2. Complete Heir of Blood rewrite. I want to say the second half of this rewrite will be easier, it’s going to follow the basic plot of the first draft better than the first half did, but I won’t make any promises to myself about that. The good news is I am really enjoying this project. I love the characters, and for as much trouble as they cause me, it tends to turn out okay in the end. And I’m really excited about new developments and themes in both this book and the sequel after it, so it’s keeping me motivated.
3. Spam out D&S first draft. I don’t even care how bad this draft is, I’ll just be happy to get it done. I’m honestly not sure if it’s going to go anywhere after that, and if I do poke at it again in several years, it’s going to look much different than it does now. I do like the sort of theme, and the juxtaposition of characters that started this book, but it’s gone completely haywire. But, if I can figure out an ending, and about how to get there, I’ll be doing good. I’ve found my endings change the least from drafts.
4. Start draft 1.5 of Heirs of Fire and Lies. In November 2016 I did write 50,000 words for this story. But it was all in disjointed scenes without transitions, and it will have been almost four years since I wrote them by the time I probably get to this that those scenes will need a complete rewrite as well. So I’m considering what I have down already as a massive outline (even though I still need to figure out the exact timeline for most of it) and it’ll give me a good basis to jump off of and write what will resemble more of a first draft than a second. I’m excited about it though, and ready to work this series through to its completion. It may take another two years to get there, but I’m hoping it’ll be worth it.
Bonus goal: Review every book I read this year, to some capacity.
I recently started a second blog project (archanereads.blogspot.com) and my goal is to do mini reviews (or long ones) of every book I read this year. I’m hoping to read a lot, so it could prove to be a lot of reviews. I already have one review up and it was a lot of fun to put together, so here’s hoping the rest of the year is just as enjoyable.
What about you? What are some of your goals, writing related or other, for this new year?