February Update

Wow! We’re already a month into 2021, and what a year it’s been so far. Here’s a little update on how some of my projects are going.

The Novel Update

I’m really still in a brainstorming phase here. Part of that is because I still haven’t found a writing software I really love. I might keep using Word and Excel for now, just so I can get a move on.

The bright side is that I’ve had a lot of time to identify problems, develop my characters, and think about my micro-worlds. I want to do well on this second draft so I’ll have less work to do down the road.

There is an upcoming post about drafting for pantsers where I talk about my process in more detail. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

The Blog

I’m gradually polishing up older posts, and of course I’m still writing new ones, but I’m not making any major changes to the website at this time.

My biggest goal for the website right now is promotion. I have a few things in mind, but I’m still working on a concrete plan.

Other Projects

Short stories

One of my big goals this year is entering Writers of the Future every quarter. The next deadline is March 31, and my short story well seems to be dry. I have some ideas, of course, but nothing that feels appropriate for the contest.

Continuing education

If you follow me on Facebook, you probably already know I signed up for David Farland’s Super Writers Bundle back in November. I’m trying to watch a few of those videos every week so I can complete the course before my license runs out in November. There’s a lot of material, and I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface.

I’m not affiliated with David Farland, and I’m not getting any sort of compensation for recommending his course. I just think it’s very informative.

A new series?

I confessed my old fanfiction habit to you a few months ago. I actually wrote a fanfic that got to be pretty popular for its fandom, and I’ve always kind of dreamed about rewriting it as an original series. Next year will be the ten-year anniversary of that story, and I’m thinking about going for it.

Assuming I complete this project, I’d self-publish. Ideally on the anniversary date itself. I don’t think traditional publishers would accept this story. It’s already been published in some format (even though it’s going to get some major changes), which is a problem. It also doesn’t fit into typical traditional categories. The narration alternates among a teenager and her parents. It doesn’t work as a traditional YA piece, but it doesn’t quite fit into the adult category either.

This is really just a thought. It’s at about the same level of development as the novel I’m currently working on, maybe a tiny bit farther, and I’m not sure taking on two huge projects at once is a wise decision. I’ll definitely mention this in another update if I decide to go for it, though.

That’s the update!

What do you think? Does it sound like I’ve bitten off more than I can chew? It definitely feels that way sometimes.

How is your writing going? Please feel free to share your links in the comments. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you! I’ll release more details as I get closer to finishing it. I hope to have it finished this year, but I can be a slow writer at times.

  1. I love that you’ve did some productive things in February. I’ve been working on my blog a lot this year. Fixing broken links, reviving old posts and optimizing them for SEO coupled with school work. It’s been a lot but I’m good. I enjoyed reading your updates.

    1. Thank you! Blogging is really a labor of love, isn’t it? I have so many old posts that need work, it’s not even funny.

      I hope your school work is going well. Here’s hoping we’ll be mostly over the Covid nightmare by the time the fall semester arrives, and things will be even better.

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