It’s almost over. Since 2014 this story has been floating around in my head and been sitting in my USB. It’s been perpetually been worked on a little bit only to be pushed aside for another work that I prefer. But I’m finally in the latter stages of editing. I can’t wait for it to be out there.
The other day I dropped my smartphone into the toilet a few weeks ago 😦 But at least I still have my old cheap phone I had from when I first arrived in Edinburgh. Now I can’t be distracted by Instagram until I get a new phone.
Finished another draft of this one. It’s been on my computer for at least two years. I find the thought of this book fatiguing. I just want it done with. But it might be a few more drafts away though 😦
It was also the first goal in my quarterly goal objects to be completed 🙂
This 50 A4 page novella is almost ready. At just under 29,000 words this YA book will be out by the end of the year god damn it! I started this edit only four days ago too. See what you can accomplish with no social life?
Some time ago I searched online for something along the lines of goal templates. I ended up getting a whole bunch of hits in the marketing sector involving quarterly goals. But I didn’t let that get to me, I can adapt to it. So I decided that I’d try to have my writing goals set to three-month time periods. That’s a decent amount of time for having a few goals. Not loo long, not too short 🙂
Last night I managed to finish my initial draft of The Things We Do, something I had kind of dragged my heels about for two weeks because I wasn’t quite sure how stylistically I was going to end it. But I was just like screw it and changed what character was being focused on.
So now my goals from now until end of July are;
Second draft of The Things We Do.
Another draft of The Backup Girl.
Finish writing a first draft of Beyond This Small Moon of Ours.
The last goal has been inactive since last year. I pretty much have most of the story planned out and quiet a chunk written, but I went and let myself be distracted by other stories. My bad 😦
I have this ultimate yearly goal of publishing three/four stories. So far I’ve got one short story out there, so I’m partially there 🙂 I just need to force myself to do it.
I recently came across this article about the realistic timeframe of what writers/authors/artists should expect in regards to becoming a full-time and/or self-sufficient in their craft. Ten years (that’s the answer), it seems both a long time, but kind of a realistic one to me. But ten years from what starting point? I had the desire to become a writer at the age of 13, but went to uni to do the right course at the age of 20. I didn’t self publish my first book until 2015, when I was 25.
Maybe it’s when I started to write a lot, which would have been from the age of 20 onwards as I had to write assignments. I still remember the compliment I got from one of my teachers in my last year of undergrad, in which she said that I had improved a lot since I began. One of the benefits of going to a smaller university 🙂
Will I become decent at the age of 30? Or maybe I’ll have to wait until later? But how long? When I think about the future I prove to myself that I do not have much long-term foresight for myself. Apart from writing and having a job to support myself, it’s seemingly pretty blank. But I suppose one of the benefits of that is that I’ll be quite flexible in later life.
I think I have either editing fatigue or I’m just lazy, probably the latter. I’m doing another draft of The Backup Girl at the moment and I’m mentally done with it. How many more times do I have to go over it? But I hadn’t even touched it since last Novemeber as I wanted to give my brain some time between drafts. But there always seems to be something to fix 😦 Currently I am only half wat through this draft. I was hoping that I would have it done around this time. Now I’m hopeing to hvae it done by mid year. I’m using my holiday back to Australia as the due date for self-publication.