I haven't moved to a big city and there's no Central Park where I live, but when I read this on Bess Weatherby's blog, 'All I knew was that I needed a job, I wanted to write, and New York seemed like the place to go,' and her plans to celebrate her one-year anniversary in New York, I knew I wanted to share some of her passion and take part in the Second Summer in the City Blogfest. Plus, I might not have a large park but I do have a two-mile stretch of beach to spend my summer on.
The rules for the blogfest are:
- Sign up
- Follow her blog
- On June 6, post two things: what your current WIP looks like and what your writing goals are for the summer
Sounds like a fun way to set some achievable writing goals, doesn't it?
My current WIP
At 73,259 words, I am 81% through writing the first draft of my science fiction NaNoWriMo novel, Dreaming of Sleep. This is my first attempt at writing a novel, and I've made plenty of mistakes along the way and learnt an incredible amount.
I know now that whilst I cannot 'pants' may way through a novel, with no real idea of the plot, too much plotting stifles my creative juices. Writing for me is an organic process - chapter by chapter, scene by scene, the characters themselves telling the story, and it would be unwise to ignore them. Writing Dreaming of Sleep has almost felt like it had two identities - the limitless free version I should be writing and it's awkward pre-plotted sister.
When I reach the 90,000 word limit, Dreaming of Sleep will be temporarily shelved. I'm not giving up on it; I've decided to focus my attention on the novel I feel most passionate about and wish to see published first, Cosmic Seed. I'm also hoping the lessons I've learnt from Dreaming of Sleep will help make it a better novel.
My writing goals for the summer
As my regular readers will know, from the 4th September I will be on a 12-week break from work to write the first book in my Cosmic Seed Trilogy. I do not intend to start writing it before then, rather I am going to use the next 12 weeks to prepare myself for my work break. I'd also like to enjoy the summer weather (safely), when work commitments don't prevent me from visiting the beach and the beautiful Devon countryside.
My writing goals are:
- Complete the first draft of Dreaming of Sleep.
- Create a collage for Cosmic Seed, include a mock cover, back cover blurb, and tagline.
- Start a file for all ideas relating to Cosmic seed - characters, world building, scenes, and so on.
- Complete or re-write all outstanding short stories, and submit them to appropriate markets.
- Continue with my Write 1 Sub 1 monthly challenge.
So, those are my summer writing goals. I hope you enjoyed reading them and I'm looking forward to reading yours. Don't forget to visit the other participants.