I’m back to continue my look at my plans for 2019. I first talked about my short range goals that included fixing the Pannulus map and editing the Pannulus stories written in December, especially the Thornwillow tales. Tied to that was reworking the one Thornwillow novel, Stealing Light.
The map is in progress and almost done. The same applies to the Thornwillow short stories. With a little luck, I’ll start the Thornwillow novel this coming weekend.
My focus this week is on long range goals, which means return to the Carrdia novels, beginning with the Riparia novel written last November, So Others Might Remember. It’s basically a discovery draft and probably a bit of a mess, which is fine. Stories are supposed to be rough early on. I savor the challenge of finding the magic within.
At that point I’ll return to the first Riparia novel, Trust in the Forgotten, and begin editing them all again, which is six novels total, though Riparia only appears in the main series. The other two are periphery novels: same country and timeline, different characters.
*So Others Might Remember marks the first time there’s been crossover between a periphery novel and the main Carrdia series.
It’s doubtful that I’ll edit six novels in a row without a break. If a break is needed from editing I’ll probably draft a short story. There’ll be NO novels drafted before November, which brings up a different topic…
What about NaNoWriMo in November?
I’ve no idea. Will it be a follow-up to So Others Might Remember? Will it be another Carrdia periphery novel? Will it be the follow-up to Stealing Light in Pannulus?
Truthfully, I try not to think about it or I’ll scream. The problem isn’t frustration with trying to come up with ideas, but the opposite.
At present, I’ve only the most vague ideas for the follow-up for Remember. At the same time, I have fairly solid ideas for another two periphery novels in Carrdia. Worse, I have many ideas for more Thornwillow Tales. I’m serious when I say that I purposely don’twrite them down.
They aren’t lost, of course, but are floating around in my head. Quite often, when I’m distracted or out on a walk, I’ll sift through several. Those that are good ideas will survive.
Besides, it’s only those next in line that I want to focus on. Vistanna’s stories in Pannulus are a good example. It won’t be until the second Thornwillow novel that I’ll place my student group together and see how they all get along together. Once that happens I might start to project out a bit more, but consider this:
All seven students have had their backstories addressed, Vistanna in a full novel, the other six in stories that are 10-12K each. In every one of those stories there are loose threads. If all I did was write about the group confronting those threads I’d have seven novels. Add to that the group dynamics, the challenges of getting through school (they’re all age 15 to 17), and other threats and suddenly I sick thinking about it.
The problem with drafting is that each novel drafted requires far longer to edit, though I love editing because that’s when the true magic happens. Still, it’s frustrating given I can easily draft a novel in a month. After all, I’ve done it seven times.
So, that’s my writing/editing plans for 2019. Next week I’m going to talk about a bigger project I can no longer procrastinate on, one more vital than the writing/editing for my long-term success.