I’m continuing to look at my plans for 2019…
This week my focus is on another short-term goal, and that’s making an initial edit of all the short stories I wrote in December. If I write them I have to edit them, and I wrote ten so that’s a lot of editing.
There are reasons I’m not jumping right back into the Carrdia novels.
First and foremost, I like to give novels a little longer to sit than short stories and when I go back it’ll be to make an initial edit on the novel from last November. Besides, by the time I turned to editing the first of the short stories I’d had my head in nine others for more than four weeks.
The second reason is I’m working on the Pannulus map, which is ahead of schedule. Since all the short stories take place in Pannulus I liked the idea of staying in the same part of my world.
Lastly, the first five short stories written last month were standalone tales (4-5K each), but the second five (9-10K each) are all loosely connected, not just with each other, but also with the one existing novel, Stealing Light, which I might turn to if I finish the short stories. Again, it would be about staying in Pannulus for now.
Stealing Light was itself derived from what was supposed to be a novella (it’s 43K) last spring. The novella was about the same girl, Vistanna, but told from someone else’s POV. When I realized I had a much bigger story I started over, but in Vistanna’s POV, and ended up with 75K. The novel is good, though the end needs work, which will be far easier after writing the other Thornwillow Tales. What would be far better, I later realized, was to tell Stealing Light using both POV. There’s some overlap between them, but there’s also a considerable number of unique scenes.
Turning to that novel this winter will be an easier undertaking than when I drafted it because I’ve done more world building since then, in addition to improving the map. I might also work on three long-delayed maps if I’m still working on Stealing Light. They’re all small and just for my reference so they don’t need to be fancy, which also means they wouldn’t take too long.
So, those are my short-range plans for 2019 that will probably carry me well into February. Next week I’ll start looking at my longer range plans.
By the way, next month I’ll be the leader for #FebWritingChallenge on Twitter, which is part of WritingChallenge.org. It’ll be my third turn tracking everyone’s output, tweeting shoutouts for those who make the minimum each day, and offering encouragement. Then again, there’s no better place to find encouragement than at Writing Challenge. To be included in the shoutouts requires either 500 words or 1 hour of editing (or more). I’ve been there for several years now.