Monday, 17 December 2012

What's Your Apocalypse...I Mean 2013 Writing Plan?

I like anything to do with disasters, apocalypses, and end of the world scenarios. That doesn't mean I believe the world will end on December 21st. Far from it*. I'm just fascinated by what we as humans would do - or are capable of doing - when faced with situations way out of our comfort zones. 



It's no surprise that my DVD collection is full of disaster movies or that I am fanatical about The Walking Dead. I also have an idea for an adult post-apocalyptic novel festering in the back of my mind. I have lots of ideas, which sometimes can be more than a hindrance than a help. Choosing what to work on and when can be tricky, and this is where having a writing plan is useful.




Confession time. I have a plan but it's not down on paper. I know that I will be releasing two anthologies of short stories. I also hope to submit both my novels for publication, when they are finished. I have publication dates for the anthologies and a detailed list of jobs to complete for both. What I do not have is a concrete schedule for finishing my novels. Guess what I will be doing between now and January 1st?

So, what are your writing plans or goals? Do you work to a schedule or just make it up as you go along? Have you tried both approaches and found one more useful than the other?

*In the unlikely event the world does end on December 21st, I would like to say I told you so.

36 comments:

  1. It can't end! I still haven't perfected my guitar playing.
    Right now I'm not sure what I will do next.

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    1. Exactly. We all have too much to do yet!

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  2. Well, I have destroyed Manchester and Doncaster, more than decimated Sheffield, wiped out all of the south of Britain, to say nothing of the rest of the world and that is in the first ferw pages. However, it is more than just one more disaster story other things are afoot. Maybe I will finish it sometime, it is over 100k words so far, so maybe soon.

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    1. I am officially intrigued. You have to finish it!

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  3. We only have 5 more days to doomsday?!?! Awwwww!! Better stock up on more chocolate!

    Lovely Ellie!! Good luck with your super duper writerly plans!! All the best with them! Yay! Take care
    x

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  4. great post - and a great thing to think about. I am hoping to have the 2nd book in my trilogy finished and accepted by my publisher by the end of next year. My first book debuts in 2013 - so I would be really miffed if the world ended before that :)

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    1. I would be miffed as well! I wouldn't get to read it.

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  5. Ha! Love your caveat at the end, however, I have it on good authority (Death and Chronos) that Friday's end has been postponed.
    Disaster movies are my drug of choice. I freakin' LOVE them! Right now I'm working on an epic fantasy that will take me a gazillion years to perfect, but it has a post-apocalyptic vibe to it.

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    1. Phew. I can still get my hair done on Friday!

      I love the sound of your epic fantasy. Officially intrigued.

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  6. This might sound funny, but I leave the goal making until the 31st.

    That way, I might have a clearer view of what I finished and what and when I'd need to get things done.

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    1. That makes sense, Misha. I might do the same.

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  7. I'm a big fan of post-apocalyptic stuff, too. I have a list of projects for 2013, but no real plan set in stone or anything -- Write1Sub1 keeps me on the straight and narrow path, though.

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    1. Write1Sub1 is perfect for beating procrastination and keeping those stories flowing.

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  8. Haha, I love your asterisk comment. :D

    I am really bad about setting goals and sticking to them. I try but it seems I always end up making it up as I go along.

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    1. I do that a lot, Julie. I love making lists. Only problem is that they never seem to get any shorter.

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  9. i love the blurb on the cover, only 1/3 of survivors are human! what does that mean! zombies? aliens? mutants? awesome!
    just editing my next wip for the holidays =)

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    1. Thanks, Tara. Of all the mocks covers I've done, it's the one most people seem to get excited about. Good luck with the edits.

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  10. I was going to post that a sign of the end of the world was that Justin Bieber appeared on the Victoria's Secret's Fashion Show. I had the free-to-use pictures ready to go. Then the news came in that the police had foiled a plot to kill him. Obviously, my post would have been in poor taste, so I never did it.

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    1. Such a shame. It would have been so funny.

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  11. Hey Ellie! I'd sent you an email last week - just let me know you got it.

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  12. Haha, I have always been fascinated with the apocalypse as well--my birthday is December 21st. So I tell people that if the world ends, it's probably my fault!

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  13. Your cover and tagline are fab! My plan for 2013 is to keep writing. That's about it. :) I'm not likely to fail that plan, now am I?

    Merry Christmas! Here's hoping we making it past Friday!

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    1. That's a great plan. How about making it write every day? I like to make things harder!

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  14. I have way too much I still need to do for the world to end.

    And I typically write out my plans and keep more in my head. For 2013's goals, I'm in the process of taking them from my head to paper, or rather the Word document. :)

    Happy Holidays!

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    1. Ditto. It can't end before I'm published.

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  15. The world's not going to end. ;)

    Love the cover image!

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  16. Ellie, you are too awesome. Love your blog and posts. I write whenever/however I can. I've done schedules before, but I work better without them. And LOVE the cover and everything. All so exciting!

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    1. Thank you, Morgan. I'm off to check out your blog.

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  17. That means you'll dig my zombie novel when it's finished, right? Looking forward to your anthologies, and your cover reveal that you so graciously let me see already. :)

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    1. Dig it? I'll slather all over it and gobble it up. Arrgh.

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  18. Hi Ellie - great that you're organised with your projects - just that fact of sitting and writing your way through Christmas .. sounds good to me ... Hometown looks good, while the Passing Time cover reveal is very impressive and stand out - looks like 2013 will be a good year .. cheers Hilary

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