This year, I decided that I was actually going to try and organize myself a little when it comes to my writing. I have already spoken about how I am changing my approach to running this blog, and so today I want to talk a little about my writing plans for the year.
The target is simple; 600,000 words. That’s right.
It sounds like a lot, but it is actually just over 1600 words a day, or 2306 if I stick to a five day writing week. Now, I should probably point out at this juncture that this includes everything: Fiction, Blogging and the Freelance Writing I do also. This gives me a nice diverse range of writing topics to cover, and means if I am having a tough day, there is always a second and even third option for me to fall back on to help get the word count up and running again.
I am also aware however that it is still very early in the year, and 4 days does not make a good enough marker for the year ahead. It is, however, a good start.
I talk about getting organized, because I have always struggled to have real direction in things. It may sound strange, but it is true. I sit down and write until I am done and then just move on to something else. This year I am planning my writing, what I am going to work on, when it should be finished. Some real goals and landmarks to aim for. This will give me a little more control and oversight on things, and hopefully keep me focused through the year.
I even went as far as to create a huge spreadsheet for myself. This beast is enormous and I love it. It tracks my daily totals, my averages per month, words per hour and gives me all sorts of lovely little graphs and things.
Each day I record the time spent writing, and the number of words written. All the rest is then just filled in and calculated automatically by the formulas I used.
I think having the visual stimulus will also be an effective way of keeping me on track. I know that for NaNo they use it, and this was what got my mind working on such an idea.
It was purely for fun that I turned it into a horror themed tracker. Each graph and each month have a different horror image as the background theme.
So the plan for this year is 600,000 words, with my fiction spread between novels and shorter pieces which I hope to use as a way to keep my name out there while I am working on my longer pieces.
I already have my first novel release of the year with my editor and can’t wait to get it back and find it a home. I have had some great Beta feedback already so I am in high spirits with regards this release.
What are your writing goals for the year ahead? How do you keep a track of everything?
Thanks for reading.