Hi everyone! Another NaNoWriMo is behind us – dropped phrases clamor to be remembered and the chalk outlines of little darlings litter the lane like snowflakes.
To all of you that succeeded at NaNo: Congratulations!
I “cashed in” a bit over 50k last Monday, a little over two novella’s. Currently, I’m reverse engineering the first of the Ben stories. What that means, for me, is digging through the draft and notes I had: Seeing what I missed and creating a new outline to guide the second draft. This is one part of the process that I really love because it is a chance to go in and bring the depth of the characters and story out. On a first pass I tend to stick with the main character and plot points and skim over descriptions and window dressings, which makes this a prime chance for me to pick out paint, carpet and maybe a cherub fountain for the lobby.
As for goals: I have three. First, I’ll be completing the re-engineer of Ben One in the next couple of days and will be heading into the second draft after that. The plan is to complete the second draft by December 16th and keep moving it forward towards a first quarter 2013 release.
The second goal: Learn Calibre, Sigil and Photoshop. Tall order I know, but I’ve already started on this and have all the programs, so now it is really just a matter of spending time working with them. The real goal is to format my own ebooks and eventually do my own cover designs.
The third goal: The new blog. Yep, I’ve talked about this for some time and somewhere between now and February of 2013, I’ll be moving this forward in order to get out from under the yolk of WP.com’s arbitrary changes to code and start using some of the awesome plug-in’s that are available.
Three “simple” goals that will take me forward into 2013.
If you NaNo’d, did you finish? What struggles did you find along the way? Will you plan for NaNo next year or would it take wild badgers to drive you back? Have you started setting goals yet for 2013 and do they clearly define the direction you want to take? I’d love to chat with you.
Be sure to get out and support your fellow ROWer’s.