I have spent far too long ducking from self-imposed deadlines, and making crappy excuses for not getting things done. Have had to seriously question recently what I really want from my life. Every time I ask myself where I would see me in “x” amount of years, in some way or another it always involves writing and the publishing industry.
I know that I can’t predict whether I’ll be a successful writer, but that isn’t really the point. It will be great if the writing will support me, but I see writing as being a part of the whole. Every dream I have involves writing, either as a novelist, lyricist, or script writer. There are often many other layers to those dreams: marketing, project managing, publisher… and so on. But being creative is always the focus.
So, with that in mind, why do I keep shying away from what I want? I can only assume it’s that pesky inner voice that doesn’t want me to try. If I don’t try, then I don’t fail. But if I don’t try, then I fail anyway, right? So, shut the f*ck up, inner voice. You don’t know what you’re talking about.
With that in mind, here are a list of projects that I’ve been working on over the years and, thanks to the prompting of a chatty fella on a facebook writer support group, I have managed to begin setting myself achievable targets that will work around my degree and job. I will succeed! Even if it’s to succeed at completing tasks. Woo!
*The Devil’s Beat – first draft complete (64,639 words); contemporary fantasy. No plan – major rewrite needed.
1) Read draft and make notes, approx 10,000 words a day [by 7 Oct ‘12].
2) Re-plot for second draft [by 14 Oct ‘12].
3) Set targets for re-write, and adhere to them.
*The Monster Hunter Club: Monster City – first draft (733 words); young children’s fantasy. No plot, just rough concept.
*King of Hearts – first draft (50,028 words); thriller. Nano ’10 – major rewrite needed.
*The Monster Hunter Club: Brazzelworth – first draft (813 words); young children’s fantasy. No plot, just rough concept.
*The Rising – first draft (27,001 words); fantasy. Basic plan.
*Blood ties – first draft (3,450 words); screenplay. Basic plan.
*Nightminders – first draft (17,351 words); medieval fantasy. Basic plot outlined.
*Shadow – first draft (9,291 words); fantasy. No plot, just rough concept.
*Shakti – first draft (3,619 words); contemporary fantasy. No plan, just basic concept.