Looking Forward to October

This month I’m going to try really hard on getting myself organised. This is quite a big weakness of mine which I think I need to address. So each week I’m going to set out a time table for my time to write, and edit etc. As always with me it won’t be set in stone as life happens and I want to be able to be flexible.

One thing I do a lot is putting little snippets of information on the calendar on my phone. These could be pieces of dialogue or a random story idea, maybe world building details, things like that. I’ll set them on my phone so it reminds me to write them down on paper later that evening. I haven’t been doing this, I just keep rolling them over to another day. So I’m determined to break that habit.
There’s four weeks till NaNoWriMo starts and I want to have all these little notes that I’m rolling over written down and cleared.

Speaking of NaNo, I’ve settled on the idea I’m going to make into a story and I’ve got roughly how I’m going to lay it out in my head but I’m going to sit down tomorrow and really thrash it out. It’s a story I started a little while ago but that was when I’d have an idea and just start writing, and then run out of steam. Over the last few months I’ve been thinking about it and I’ve got a lot more ideas on how the story is going to go and some of the background details have filled themselves in nicely as well.
My protagonist is pretty clear in my head but I need to work on some of the support characters. They are what are concerning me most at the moment, but I’ll be able to flesh them out when I do my brainstorming.

Project Apollo is still being worked on. Me and Owen were supposed to meet up on Saturday just gone (28/9/13) but I was held up at work and by the time I had got home and cleaned out the henhouse I was just about done. So I text Owen and we set it back a week. We do have a draft done, but it has holes in it and needs strengthening in a few areas.

Project Peregrine is in Owen’s hands but as I’ve said this will probably be put to one side for the next year or so.

I said on Twitter and Facebook at the weekend that I am going to be releasing fiction next year, and I am. The first story is almost ready to go, I’m just waiting on Beta readers and after that its just a case of saving up some cash for the cover art. Then I will let it loose into the world. This both excites and scares the hell out of me but I’m guessing the first is always the hardest and, to be honest, I love the story I’ll be releasing. It’s only a short story but it’s one of my favourites and the people who have read it have said its very good, but that’s next year. I’m focussing on what I need to do for the rest of this year now 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Looking Forward to October

  1. I found that planning my time is useful, more so if I write down a plan, for two main reasons: putting a check mark near a task I accomplished gives me great satisfaction; moreover I feel guilty leaving planned tasks behind, so I do my best to complete my list. Finally a to-do list helps me to give the right priorities to different things.

    • I might have to try that. At the moment I’m putting things on my phone to do, but having it on paper, giving me an evil look if I haven’t ticked something off sounds like a good idea 🙂

  2. […] When the decision is made, my brain take the thunder away from my stomach and I beging planning. In October and November I will need a great deal of careful planning, because I’ll have plenty to do and little time. However I found that I’m not the only one planning. Peter Germany, colleague writer and blogger, wrote on his blog about this too and, I confess, I took the idea of talking about my plans from his site (https://petergermany.com/2013/10/01/looking-forward-to-october/). […]

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