Another month has passed all too quickly, and I cannot believe we are now into February!
I would like to say that I have been extremely productive over the month of January, but I haven’t really. That’s not to say I have gone back to my extreme procrastinating ways. I just haven’t done as much as I would have liked.
The purpose of today blog post and subsequent posts is to update you all on the progress of my manuscript, plans for this month and goals I wish to complete over the course of the next three months. The aim is to attempt to blog at least once a day on the previous day’s progress, to keep me accountable.
I am lucky to be in a position that I can write full-time/work from home, so I really should take advantage of that. I know of other writers who aren’t as fortunate.
Let’s get back on track. Before I get sidetracked by something or the dogs, find me hiding in my office!
My manuscript “The Evolved” is coming along nicely, the detailed outline is complete, and most of the character mapping is fleshed out. I am currently 17,000 words in, however, I decided a few weeks ago that my novel was in need of a prologue, so I’m currently working on that.
(The name “The Evolved” is just a placeholder at present, I haven’t firmly decided on a name yet. The final name will require some time and thought.)
The story focuses on a 24-year-old woman called Holly Richards, who up until recently thought she was just an everyday human living in New York City. It is a paranormal story with romance elements. The plot in the first book centres around the main protagonist Holly and a group of individuals who are known as the evolved. Other paranormal breeds, such as Wolf-Shifters, Fae, Vampires and Witches also play a significant part in the plot too.
I estimate the book will be around 300-350 pages in length, although this may change and will be the first book in the series, that follows the lives of the people that become part of Holly’s life.
Yearly goals for 2016.
- Finish and revise manuscript before the end of the third quarter.
- Organised and employ an editor to start editing my manuscript once the revision process is complete.
- Develop cover art with the help of a designer. I would do it myself if I thought I had the time. It may still be a possibility, but if I’m realistic I don’t think that will be the case.
Goals for the first quarter of 2016. (Jan-March)
- Write a minimum of 16,000 words, more if possible.
- Paint my office using the fabulous paint my mother gave me.
- Print off the outline and plot points and mount them on the cork board in my office.
- Make adjustments to outline that reflect the additional notes I have taken over the last few months.
- Flesh out the character maps for the last remaining characters. Print off once complete and keep at hand.
Non-writing quarterly goals for 2016.
- Clean out my house and find homes for items no longer needed.
- Organised the toy cupboard and donate toys that my children no longer use.