My “Writing Plan of Action – Revised June 15, 2015” sort of fell through the cracks. In fact, I soon forgot all about it! In my own defense, we remodeled our kitchen last summer. If you’ve ever lived through a kitchen remodeling project, you will remember how all-consuming that is.
Refresher on June 2015 Plan
Something reminded me on Monday that I had a writing plan. I was shocked to read that my last revision to it was made more than 14 months ago. In a nutshell, here is that old plan: Schedule book signings/author events; blog every five days or so; look for writing contests to enter or magazine articles to write; edit my historical novel manuscript (The Spanish Coin) one day every week; and start in earnest to find a literary agent.
I have failed on all counts.
Progress made on novel manuscript
I recently got back to work on The Spanish Coin after a strange year with many distractions.
Sometimes I think I read too many “How To” books about writing and don’t spend enough time writing. For instance, I read a recommendation that my characters’ thoughts should be italicized. After going back through the first 15 chapters doing that, I read a more convincing recommendation that thoughts should be blended into a novel through characters’ voices. The reasoning was that italics pull the reader out of the story. I went back through chapters 1 through 15 and converted the italicized thoughts into a more blended format. Then, I converted thoughts in chapters 16 through 20 from “she thought/he thought” to a blended format. I hope I got it right!
My Writing Plan of Action – Revised August 25, 2016
- Hire a professional to evaluate my The Spanish Coin manuscript;
- Edit manuscript in light of that evaluation;
- Continue to blog every Friday;
- Get back to work on a sequel to The Spanish Coin (tentatively titled The Banjo); and
- Seek representation by a literary agent or self-publish.
Let’s hope I am more successful following my new plan than I was my old one!