Today I am doing something I rarely do. I am making my plans public in an attempt to make them more solid and hold myself accountable for reaching my goals within my timeline.
This may not be realistic, it may not be attainable, but I’m putting it in writing and am going to do my level best to make it work.
This weekend – create a new outline for my current book based on the changes I have made and want to make.
Next week – create an outline for books 2 and 3. They don’t have to be detailed, but it needs to be a start, at least, on where the books are going. I can add to and change these as I see fit over the next months.
October 20th – the date I want to be finished with my rewrite/revisions/edits to this first book. This is going to require some very serious time commitment, but I finally think I’m in a place where I understand enough about my book and my writing to move forward at a good speed. At this point I want to give out a few copies of the finished book to select people to read.
November – National Novel Writing Month – time to write book 2.
December – collect all the copies of book 1 and the feedback from each reader. Compile all the notes and make edits based on their feedback. This month will also be the beginning of the great agent search.
(this is where the timeline gets a little dicey)
Sometime between February and April – begin writing book 3. Continue with agent search as necessary.
Once book 3 is done – begin edits on book 2 and edit for as long as necessary to finish book 2 and 3.
I’m banking a lot on being able to finish my edits for book 1 by November, and on having figured out the best way for me to write/edit by then which will hopefully make the next two books go more smoothly. The past 8 months have been one hell of a learning process, but I’m finally feeling more confident in my abilities and that I am able to accomplish what I want to do.
Wish me luck!