Happy New (Writing) Year!

Well, 2012 is almost over, and we’re all alive and un-apocalypsed, so woot!

I know a lot of people do the whole ‘new years resolution’ thing, but I’ve got several. It’s really more of a to-do list than anything, but still. New year, new goals, maybe even a new life!

I’ve said it in various places, but I’ll reiterate just for the sake of mashing it into my brain. (I have this notion if I repeat it to myself a million times, it’ll happen… something about psychology, but yeah.)

I want to write for a living. I want to be a ‘stay-at-home’ writer. I want my stuff to support me, so I can write full time. Mostly, I just want to share my stories with people who might like them. I want people to know my characters as intimately as I do, and I’ve always longed for that moment when someone I don’t know gushes about something I’ve written. That’ll be a cool moment.

So! My goal this year is to, at the absolute minimum, get book #1 of the Redhaven series out. I have about 80 berjillion ideas for other books, but I’m going to focus on this one first. It appears, from very early planning, that the Redhaven series will be around 7 to 8 books. Maybe 9 including the finale. I dunno. Somewhere there abouts.

Now, getting one book out a year is uncomfortable for me. Ideally, I’d like somewhere in the neighborhood of 5-6. (Which, if I sat here every waking spare moment, I could probably get the whole series out in a year, but then my fiance would be a stranger and my kitty-children wouldnt know me anymore, lol.) So, baring total soul-consumption-paced writing, I’m shooting for 4. 3 months a book seems… just about right. That way, the whole series can be done in around 2 years, and hopefully by THEN I’ll have enough of a people-base to do some other projects.

For the moment I’m staying focused on #1 though. Baby steps, Tori, baby steps.

The second thing on my list is to start an excercise/diet routine, but I make that one every year, and it only kinda works. Maybe I’m content with my fluff. This is going to be a year of kicking myself in the butt and making myself do stuff, so hopefully my determination to write will bleed over into my determination of un-fluff myself.

 

We’ll see! Happy New Year!

 

(I am going to get so drunk tonight. I love you guys.)

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Posted on December 31, 2012, in Book Updates, Journal and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I think to actually earn a living you defo have to push yourself. Writing a novel at 80k in 47 days was tough, but I was in a full time job too, so I would like to think that I could write 80k in a month easily if I wasn’t working. Then it still would take 2mths tops for editing and another month for rewrites, so a realistic aim for me would be 3 novels a year. I guess you can only work that out after you have the first one done.

    I’m in editing now, hope it won’t take too much longer. As I want to start nailing out the second book :) All the best for the new year my ‘new’ blogging friend. Would be great to see a novel in print this year for us both. :)

    • I’m lucky to be in a position where I can write at least 6-12 hours a day, but it’s actually getting comfortable and writing that long that I’m struggling with. I really -want- to write, but the internet is distracting… I think it’s mostly an issue of self-discipline, which is what I’m going to work very hard on this year. So, if I really super crazy push it, I might get my book out in the next two months or so. We’ll see. I like to be optimistic, though.

      And omigosh, grats! How are you going about your editing process, if you don’t mind me asking? Do you have a trusted group of beta readers, or are you kind of forging ahead on your own? Are you working with a professional copyeditor person?

      And yes, it’d be awesome to be able to link our ‘buy-here’ links. :D I will totally buy your stuff, lol. <3

  2. Good luck to you, Victoria. It’s a lot of work but so worth it when you get to write THE END.

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