I have been in a writing slump, but I am climbing out of the hole.
My in-real-life, writing guilt partner and I have drafted an outline together. Here’s the plan:
One week we will draft a planned scene. We will each write the scene on our own. Then we post it to a shared cloud folder where the other person can read it.
At our weekly meeting, we discuss the scene. Weaknesses and strengths, the parts we like and weren’t fond of, and how we see our characters developing differently and how that may change what ultimately happens in the novel.
The second week, we make revisions and edit our scene and make sure we are both at a spot to continue toward the next scene from the outline.
Then at our meeting we discuss the revisions (if they were changes for the better or worse) and the goals for the next scene.
We have both drafted scene one at this point. We’ve discussed. I have made my revisions. Tomorrow at our meeting I’ll confirm if my guilt partner made his revisions. Then we will be on to writing chapter 2.
I’ll be interested to see how far this goes. I’d love to see the whole novel happen, but life happens.
Here’s my list. I hope I can manage it.
Query Tiny’s story: If I met my 2015 goals, this will already have gone out for a first round on 12/31. It looks on schedule if I don’t chicken out.
Edit Distilled: I just finished a beta round on this story and I might have some ideas on how to get the length I wanted. I am letting it all simmer for a while. I have a goal of having the revision done by 4/1/16 because I have another beta arranged for April.
Write 4 Brothers: I’m in the 16k range right now. That’s good for me since most of my pieces end up being 60K. My goals are simple. Write everyday. Keep the momentum. If I can keep moving, I think it will be done before my birthday, but experience tells me I get tot he last few chapters and lose all momentum and start other projects. Here’s hoping I can learn a new progression on this novel.
Start a new novel. I have a bunch of outlines. Saleen’s story (an underwater YA adventure) may be next, but I have a very rough outline for an OCD cleaner (romance) that already has a few thousand words written and real life revenge story started. So many stories to write and only so much of me.
Big plans. Feel free to keep me accountable.