February marches on towards March, which will april on towards April. In a few thousand years, that will be the correct way to describe the passage of the months, so I’m getting ahead of the game. You have to prepare, right?
Speaking of preparation, I spent January planning edits and additions for Generic Fantasy, the novel I’m currently writing. As January februaried into February (Ok, I’ll stop), the time came to start doing said edits.
I typed ‘editing’ into Pixabay, and the first thing it gave me was this picture of a peacock. It’s not suitable or relevant to the point I’m making, but it’s still here, so please give it some self worth by enjoying it.
Anyhow, I launched into action on the first of February, and I have been working steadily ever since. My word output is a lot slower than it was during NaNoWriMo, but I’m putting more thought into things as well. I’m doing additional research, rather than just thinking I’ll fix that later. My first step is to get additional chapters written. I’m including this in editing rather than just writing, because these are going in to fix holes in the plot. I had three extra chapters to write, and one existing chapter to split in two, with new material in each.
I’ve now finished two of the new chapters. I hope to have the third done next week, and the existing chapter reworked by the end of February at the latest. In March, I’ll start editing my other existing chapters, with a firm eye on where things need to change to flow in and out of the new material properly.
Honestly, I have no idea how long this will take. However, I’m not too worried about setting myself a super firm deadline. I’m pleased with the amount of work I’m putting in. I’m not slacking, so I’ll spend as long as it takes. I’m hoping I can have the 2nd draft finished by the end of May.
If that happens, I’ll have a break from Generic Fantasy, and start a new project. I’ve got the bare ideas of what this will be, but it’s too vague to mention properly. If things go as I hope, I’ll spend June planning it properly. I’ll use July’s CampNaNoWriMo as a more traditional 50,000 word goal month, and write the first draft of this project. Then I’ll put it on the back burner, and use August and September to come back to Generic Fantasy.
When October arrives, I want to plan a third novel, using NaNoWriMo 2017 to write it. Generic Fantasy is my main project, but I want to work on these other two to hone my writing craft further. I still have a lot to learn, and the more I write, the better I hope to become (providing I learn from my mistakes and research writing craft as well).
So I guess I have my 2017 writing goals mapped out. Generic Fantasy as the main focus, with two other novels to work on as well. I’ll let you know how things have gone when December arrives :). It’s a fair challenge, but I’m excited to try and meet it.
Featured image provided courtesy of Pixabay