What I’m Doing: My Big Writing Goal for 2012
Those of you who are following me on this new-fangled (ok, ok, for me, not the wider ‘verse!) Twitter thing should already have picked up that the Christmas-New Year holiday is now over and I’m back to work. So far, I’m not matching Rachel Aaron’s 10,000-12,000 words per day (you can read all about how she does it, here) or Brandon Sanderson’s 10 hours a day (as discussed in our blog interview late last year here) but I am slowly getting into the groove—and I do have a writing goal for the year.
Basically, it’s this: I would like to try and complete Daughter of Blood, The Wall of Night Book Three, by 31 July of this year–without compromising on the quality of the work.
The only book I’ve managed in this kind of timeframe before is Thornspell and it is around 1/3 the proposed size of Daughter of Blood. So I am definitely setting myself a challenge with this. On the other hand, I found myself getting really good momentum both last year and in the final quarter of 2010 with The Gathering of the Lost—and as my personal view is that Gathering is the best book I have written yet (how’s that for nailing one’s authorial colours to the mast?) I don’t believe quality necessarily has to suffer as a result of commitment to improving one’s time/output ratio.
So what do I think I need to do/set in place to achieve this goal:
- I shall definitely need dedicated writing space and time without distractions (ie internet disconnected, phone off hook, door ‘locked’)—needless to say, I am hoping the creative writing residency at the university for the same time period will really help with this;
- I need to treat every month until the job is done as NaNoWriMo—aiming for that 50,000 word count, or better. If I can get to Rachel Aaron’s approximately 200,000 in a month, well that would be awesome—but I’ll start with the NaNoWriMo 50,000 as my goal and work from there.
And as well as the daily tweets on what I’m doing writing-wise, I’ll also be doing more in-depth weekly updates here on the blog.
So, let the games begin …
Oh, why am I doing it? Well, partly just to see if I can do it. Secondly because I would like to experiment with writing more, and more efficiently. Finally—and possibly most importantly—I feel that having embarked on a series that is effectively one story told in four parts, I have an obligation to get the books to readers in as timely a fashion as I can manage. Earthquakes and related factors have thrown quite a few spanners into The Gathering of the Lost works, so I want to see if I can do some catching up as well. But it will never be at the expense of the story—that, I feel, having entered the service of the Muses, must always be a ‘not for trading off’ item.
And do you like ‘all the pretty book covers’—I’m so excited that they’re all milestones for 2012 too!