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It’s fall–the start of school and the end of summer. It’s the turning of the season and time once again to evaluate where I’ve been and where I’m going. This periodic setting and re-evaluating of goals is the best way I know of to keep myself growing as an author.
I’m a very seasonal writer. I do my best work during the long cold days of winter. So far, 2013 has been incredibly productive. I began a 65,000 word novel in January, published it in May, and got 35,000 words of the sequel finished before summer hit. 100K words! That’s way more than the previous two years combined!
Summer is usually my reading time, but this year I tried–I really tried!–to stick to a writing schedule. I was defeated by a house full of kids with late bedtimes, gardens, and camping. And honestly, I was burned out. Writing had become a chore that I was quickly starting to hate. Besides all that, who wants to stay inside when the sun is shining anyway? So I laid aside my laptop and my guilt, picked up a few books, and enjoyed the short season. The break did wonders. I’m raring to go again!
One fabulous thing I did accomplish over the summer–a project I had wanted to initiate for some time–was the formation of a collaborative blog run by a group of tween authors. Emblazon is off to a great start and forming into so much more than I hoped. Twenty heads are definitely better than one. And combined clout is great for marketing. We’ve really turned into a co-op with the power to make things happen. Keep watching this fantastic group!
Now it’s September, and that always brings an overlap of summer harvest (canning/freezing) and the start of homeschool, cross country, and fall programs. It’s a tough time to pick up where I left off writing in the spring, so I’ve been easing into it. I’m working on a few marketing angles. I’ve also reread Taylor 1 and double-checked the document listing all the important details that must stay consistent throughout the series. I just finished livening up the first half of the Taylor 2. I aim to have the last 25,000 words shortly. I’ve enlisted the help of two more sixth grade classes to act as beta readers, and I’m eager to see what they have to say. They’ll also keep me on schedule. I’ve set the release date for January 1, 2014.
After that, I have plans to write the next two books in my Mountain series. As Song of the Mountain weighs in at just 35,000 words, I’m hoping I can finish Fire of the Mountain and Tears of the Mountain by the end of the school year, but that’s a pretty lofty goal. I’m certain I can finish one. The other may have to wait for a fall release date.
That’s what I’m up to. What are your goals, and how do you keep them on track?