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2012 Resolutions and Meeting Luna.
I am sad to see 2011 go. It bought with it like an embossed gift, my very first NaNoWriMo, which I completed. I am a winner – Hurrah. Oh, the sense of joy. This alone taught me several lessons, which I hope will resonate with you, if not help you….
* Make some kind of plan before beginning to write. This can be followed meticulously, or more often serves as a structure upon which to hang plots and character information. It was incredibly valuable to do this for myself, though I realise some authors prefer to run naked into the flame, so to speak. I did this with my first book, and got burned. Ouch! So from now on, its caution and plans life for me.
2012 Writing Resolutions: ROW80
I’m also beginning the year with a little hesitancy, but also excitement. I have set myself a set of deadlines regarding my writing.
* I will have my completed manuscript of Finding Esta to the first round of beta-readers by Feb/March
* I will have the the revised edition to the editors March/April.
* I will have the revised, revised edition to the second round of beta-readers by May/June (allowing for editors turnaround time)
* I will publish my first book: Finding Esta – the first in The Supes Series, by the end of June/July.
For ROW80 (added later)
- By 26th Jan: Finish applying fabulous story plan to disordered manuscript, adding word-count and various scenes previously outlined.
- According to how many already added, may require 3000k per day for a week to take it up to min 75’000 Think NaNo!!
- By 2nd Feb have a complete first draft, begin line-by-line edit.
- Email all beta readers to check if still available and assign each a round. Round one is to begin 1st March. Book them for this day.
- Save as PDF, format – user friendly.
- 1st March: Send off first draft to 1st round beta readers along with instructions. Pray they love it and give lots of great feedback.
- Hopefully, by 22nd March I will have received those back and can begin on the revisions. If not, chase them up. This is also the end of the first round of ROW80. Sign up to the second round.
I’ve never set myself writing deadlines before, outside of fun writing challenges for forums/writing sites. Nano was the first really big deadline and it worked well for me. In the not too distant past I’d have felt too pressured and caved in, or set myself up to fail. Now, I’m much more driven to get to the completion stage in an organised fashion.I’m not saying I’ve suddenly grown a pair (blush) but that the indie revolution in the publishing industry has made me think, “I can do that.” It’s a great feeling to know I will be entirely in charge of my writing career. It will work or not because of me. Not an agent or publisher. Me. Oh, and my beta-readers and a bloody good editor too, of course. Another thing I’ve decided is that I will take pride in my work, respect the reader, and provide a decent product. This past year I’ve read too many books which had potential, but failed to thrive because of cutting corners. I really can’t let myself down like that. It simply isn’t worth it.
The Book Cover
Meet My Main Character
This is Luna (this picture was updated July 2012)
(check out The Supes Series page under My Writing for the latest updates)
Luna is a friend of mine after our long-enduring relationship together, on the page and in my mind. Here’s a bit about the book: Finding Esta – The Supes Series I. Luna has had a pretty hard time growing up and her greatest yearning is for her parents love. She has a few ‘problems’ or oddities which have meant she has lived in the shade with her Shadow friends for all of her twenty-three years. Isolated from physical intimacy, she dreams of being kissed, of being thought of as special for good reasons, not only bad. A recently qualified journalist, working at her local rag in Yorkshire, she hopes that one day she might make her parents proud by writing an award-winning story. How she longs for their approval. Then, the lead to an unsolved and tragic story oddly drops into her lap. She knows she just has to track down the truth of Esta, a kidnapped child taken over twenty years prior from her parents and brother, before they were burned alive in their home. Stranger still: None of their bodies were ever found.
Luna believes that however painful, she must use her psychic touch (psychometry) and powerful empathy to find clues unseen by previous investigators in the hopes of closing the case, triumphantly. Little does she know what she is about to find at the scene of this awful crime…