Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Here's to new beginnings

This week we are putting away our memories of 2012 and making ready to embrace 2013. But, as writers are we ready?

Many of us will sit and stare at 365 days of more writing without a game plan. Writers, you must have that game plan. Just like any other mode of business, writing a book, promoting a book, planning a book takes time. Yes, as pantsers you sit down and write. Yes as plotters, you make notecards before you write. However, even before you sit down to your prescribed way of attacking your novel, you need to create a schedule.

A very wise writer imparted this wisdom on me. Writing is but one side of the business. New York authors my have people who will do some of the work, but if you plan on being successful, you have to plan. Which means making a rude twelve month calendar where you write down what stories you plan to put out. Leave a month for it to sit and ferment before you open it back up and look at it with "new eyes" to find mistakes. You also need to work into your plan, time to promo work that you've done or put your name out there by building your platform or you awareness to the masses through social media.

Its not easy. Planning means to look at how much your write a day vs the length you anticipate your novel. Full length 60,000 words or more - if you write 1,000 words a day - you are looking at 60 days plus for a work. Are you giving yourself weekends off for family? Add a few more days. Don't go into writing and think that you flick on the screen and suddenly words appear. A carefully crafted story takes time. Which is why authors get so very, very upset to see their work pirated on sites. Imagine if you worked for pennies a day and someone took what you had labored over, sold it, and you got nothing except the attitude, you can write another.

But I digress. So, you're planning to write that novel. Take today to look at the books on your shelf, decide how long your novel will be, how many days it will take to write and make a work calendar or purchase a paper one like students use to write their assignments on. Write down your expected end date. Keep a weekly word count by listing the starting of your novel and using the computer word count where you end each week. You'll find you look forward to seeing your progress.

Tessa

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