2012 writing schedule
I’m participating in WriYe for the first time in 2012. I originally signed up to write 500k, but then I started second guessing myself. I’m planning to write 250k for next NaNo. If I can write that much in a month, surely I could push myself to do more than 5o0k all year, right? I was also thinking of the fact that several people are aiming to do a NaNo every month of the year. At first I thought that I would never be able to do that, that it would be too much pressure. Besides, I didn’t even think I had 12 novel ideas to work on.
I’m realizing that that’s not true, not if I could everything from random thoughts that might turn into a novel on day and novels that I already have complete drafts of but which need editing. Here is a list of all the novel ideas I have at the moment:
Tilt Your Head and Smile
Learning to Lie
Works in Progress
The Story of Em
A Chill Wind Blows
Learning to Lie book 2
Learning to Lie book 3
Prep school dream
Spoof of princess stories
That’s 14 different ideas in various stages of production. Considering I need to write at least 2 drafts on any novel before it’s decent, I have plenty of material to get me through a month – and plenty of material to get me through to my goal for 2012: 1,000,000.
Yes, I’m planning on writing a million words in 2012. I know people who have written that much for NaNo, so writing it for WriYe doesn’t really sound all that crazy. I’ve done the math. That’s 100k a month for 8 months and then 250k for NaNo, and I’d still have 3 months off to edit and plan and everything. Technically, planning counts toward your word count, but I want to see if I can hit a million just by using what I write in the novels.
Now for my tentative writing schedule. I say tentative because I’m not sure which story I will feel like writing at any particular time. As I’ve already listed, I have 14 ideas to work on, and I could come up with more. I’m listing them now in order of importance, but that could change. Plus, as I’ve learned this month, I can get behind schedule, so if I don’t finish one novel when I say I will, I will have to adjust my schedule accordingly. That said, here is my writing schedule for 2012:
January: JaNoWriMo (100k)
Rewrite Tilt Your Head and Smile
Finish The Story of Em
Reread Learning to Lie, Tilt Your Head and Smile, and The Story of Em. Make notes on what to fix.
April: Script Frenzy (20k)
Rewrite The Story of Em
June: CampNaNo (100k)
Write Learning to Lie, book 2
Write Degeneration as a novel.
August: CampNaNo (100k)
Rewrite Learning to Lie, book 2
November: NaNoWriMo (250k)
Write Learning to Lie, book 3 (100k)
Rewrite Ascendance (100k)
Rest and read my final versions of things.
Prepare for WriYe 2013
It’ll be a busy year, but I’m looking forward to it. If I can do what I have listed on here, I will have decent drafts of six different novels and a first draft of a seventh one. I’m not entirely sure I can pull that all off, but it’s worth a shot. I know I can write 50k in a week, so writing 100k in a month shouldn’t be too horrible. Hopefully I’ll be able to write a little more in the summer months when I’m not working to make up for the months when I am, but we’ll see. A million a year is less than 3k a day. I can write that in an hour when I’m focused.
I want to be a writer. I have since I was a little girl. There’s very little chance of that actually happening, but it will definitely never happen if I just sit around thinking about stories instead of writing them. This is going to be my year. I can feel it.