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December Update

I’m kind of in blogathon burn-out mode, so I thought a simple recap would be nice (for me) rather than my usual Wednesday rant. So…Let’s talk about my project list, shall we?

Completed Projects

The novel

The novel rough draft is finished. I think I’ve already mentioned that, but I don’t care. It was quite the accomplishment, and I’m glad it’s over. Unfortunately, I have a ton of revision to do.

Short stories

I finished a rough draft of a short story that I’ve been working on since September. This is going to be my Q1 Writers of the Future entry, so that’s all I can say about it right now.

My to-do list

The novel

Revision, revision, revision. I took a break from the novel after I finished the rough draft so I could come back to it with fresh eyes. It helps more than you’d think.

I also bought access to a really intense writing course, and I’m planning to use that to help me edit. David Farland, who created the course and is also a bestselling author, is very well known for the work he’s done to help other writers build their careers. Stephenie Meyer and Brandon Sanderson owe at least some of their success to his advice, and I’m really looking forward to learning as much as I can from this course.

This probably means I’m not going to get the novel finished in time for Author Mentor Match, which kicks off in January, but I guess it is what it is. Above all, I want to write a good book. Even if I don’t reach my original goal, I’m not that worried about how long it takes to finish the book as long as I’m making steady progress.

Short Stories

I need to edit and submit my Q1 short story for Writers of the Future. This is actually the top of my to-do list because the deadline is December 31 and I need time to get critiques and revise again.

I have a horror-ish story that I started around Halloween and still haven’t finished. Horror is not my usual genre, for reading or writing, so I’m kind of excited to see how it turns out.

I’m still trying to scrape enough stories together for an anthology, but I also want to submit to lit mags. The anthology isn’t a big priority right now because I want to devote time to my novel. I tend to write short stories sporadically and only when I’m in the mood. The idea really has to grab me, and then I usually have to fight myself to not turn it into another novel or novella.

The blog

I think I mentioned this the other day, but I feel like it bears repeating. I’m taking a break from exercises unless somebody requests them. They don’t get much attention, and it’s time I could put into my other writing projects. I might do them sporadically, or maybe create an exercise booklet or something, but I don’t know yet.

Beyond that, I’m just going to keep on keeping on. I’m playing with some ideas for next year, but I don’t have anything concrete yet.

What are your plans for December?

I’m guessing a lot of people are gearing up for the holidays, but we don’t do much of that. We’re pretty laid back about it all. Please feel free to share your holiday traditions below if you want. I used to do family stuff, but that isn’t possible anymore and I just can’t find the…energy/willpower/desire/whatever you want to call it to bake thousands of cookies or wrap presents or put up decorations just for myself. It doesn’t make sense.

My biggest goal for this month is getting that short story finished in time. I also need to start the second draft of my novel. I will be back next week with a new (real) post for you, and I hope you’ll be back for that, too.

2 replies on “December Update”

Traditions are going to look of this year for us as Covid kind of derailed family get togethers in our area. So gifts are being ordered online & shipped out. Though I will still bake as I’m hosting a virtual cookie party on my author community page. And I’m planning a small gift for my newsletter subscribers.

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