Monday, June 11, 2012

Writing Plans: What's Now and What's Next

Hullo, blog readers! Read on if you're of the curious sort. This post is entirely about my writing, so there's not much constructive about it. Still, it may prove to be interesting reading!

All right, so here's what's happening: in this post, I'm going to attempt to explain my current (and ambitious) writing plans. This is partially for your benefit and partially to organize my chaotic thoughts. You'll note that there are a lot of occurrences of "probably" and "hopefully". Most everything on this list is tentative, but that's the way writing works, right?

Okay, here goes!

Today is 10th of June. I have, max, until late August to concentrate completely on writing; August is when school will come back and I'll have to put writing in the backseat. So I have two and a half months, give or take, to focus on these projects. Afterward, my writing will probably be restricted to evenings and late nights.

So what's first up?

Foremost on my list is completing, revising, and publishing my Will Vullerman short stories. I'm 2k into The Immortal Man (and procrastinating), which is the last of the WV stories in the foreseeable future. Afterward, I'll revise them and then format them for Kindle. Since that's a fairly small project in comparison to the actual writing of the stories, I can probably multitask and combine my time with another project. (Once my revision is done, however, keep your eyes peeled for a Will Vullerman post; I'm planning on offering to send the stories to whoever wants to read them, first come first served.)

Next up is my newest novel, codename Tornado C. Work will begin as soon as I finish my outline, which will only take a couple of days or so once I set my mind to it.. I probably won't start writing in it, however, until The Immortal Man is finished.

The time required to write Tornado C is a mystery, however. I'm aiming for 50k+ words with twenty-four outlined chapters, but the story may take some unexpected turns or decide to be stubborn. We'll see. If I'm REALLY lucky, I'll have it finished by the end of the summer. Once it is finished, I'm hoping to submit it to the 2012 OYAN Novel Contest.

This is where my schedule begins to blur. However, here's what's most likely: I'll revisit The Prophecies. While one of the core concepts of the series is cliche and originality is sorely lacking, I can't stand leaving the story and the characters unfinished. And it's pretty good, other than that concept. The Prophecy of Einarr, for instance, has some of my best writing in it. It's an extremely fun series to write, too!

We'll see what I'll decide to do with the series, but I'll probably finish The Prophecy of Einarr sometime before November and then write book #3. (Actually, I have this sneaking suspicion that book #3 will be my 2012 NaNoNovel. After all, the previous two books were a result of NaNoWriMo, so I should probably follow the pattern!)

Somewhere along the line, I'd like to also revisit Revolution, a story I began some time ago. I love the concept, which is somewhat allegorical; and the style of writing is alluring. (It's highly narrative and dramatic with an emphasis on vivid description. A joy to write, but sometimes a pain to read.)

And if the Will Vullerman stories are well received with my readers, I'd like to write more of those, too. I've even got the first inklings for a grand-finale type ending to these sci-fi stories somewhere in the very distant future. Pun intended. (I've already started foreshadowing this ending in my current stories, though. Mwahahahaha!)

In ADDITION to this (almost done!), I'm also mulling over several other opportunities which may or may not work out. One of them is a nonfiction work. (Gasp!)

As you can see...I'm going to be really busy (as a writer) for the remainder of this year. :P We're looking at hundreds of thousands of words waiting to be written. Now that I look at it, it seems a lot more massive. But we'll see, eh?

However, having big plans leaves little room for procrastination. You guys need to keep me accountable, all right? As often as you can, you need to bother me to go and write.

So what are YOUR writing plans this summer? What are your summer plans in general? Anything particularly awesome coming up on the calendar? I love hearing from you all, so make sure and comment if you have something to say. :)


Hannah Joy said...

Awesome post! My plans for this summer...well, as for writing, I was HOPING to have this summer a resting, totally committed to writing summer, but it's continually filling up! *sigh* I will still try to get SOME writing done...if only short stories...

Writer4Christ said...

There's this short story allegory that I began... but now it's turning into a novel I don't know how big. But I should get it written.
And I really really want to finish the first draft of my first big book(that I've been wanting to finish since before last Christmas).

Noah Arsenault said...

Awesome! I look forward to the rest of the WV stories, if you write more! I'll be starting the ones you sent this week.

Very nice summer plans, I hope they work out really well! I don't have much planned for the summer, besides getting a job.

Ninja Tim said...

I admire your fortitude. You've got some hefty stuff planned; I hope you get through it all!

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Starsinger said...

I hope you get through it as well, have fun writing, and kick procrastination for me. I did that the other day, and it was immensely satisfying XD

I guess that I'll have to tell you my plans for the winter seeing as that's what it is here :P

I'm taking a break on re-writing my (good) books that I lost when my USB died so that I can write a couple of short stories which I am planning to enter into a competition. I'm going to write three of them (as the limit is three) two of which I have already started, and I am looking for and testing ideas for a third one.

Eruantien Nenharma said...

You certainly sound busy! XD Good luck with all of this!

My...plans for the summer...have been changing erratically. First, I wanted to finish a fantasy novel I started. But then my self-esteem kind of plummeted and my inner editor got really mean and thus I lost the energy to write pretty much anything. XP
So now I'm probably going to make a short film with a group of friends....we'll see how that works out.

Leilani Sunblade said...

Wow, Jake! Sounds like you have some pretty big plans! GO! KICK PROCRASTINATION OUT THE WINDOW!

My summer plans aren't quite as big in some ways. I'm currently working on a novella, which I'm hoping to finish by the end of the month in time for my own Camp NaNoWriMo. I'll probably set a lower goal of 25,000 words like I did last year, and I'm planning to do a remade fairy tale for that. In August I'm taking a mini-break from writing so I can edit what I've written in the past, read, catch up on any excercise I missed during Camp NaNo, and play the computer games I've been wanting to play for a while but haven't gotten around to yet. As for summer plans other than that, I don't have any.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you're pretty busy!!! And on that 2012 OYAN Novel Contest... if you need a pre-reader... *cough, cough*... or pre-editor... *cough, cough* Just sayin'. : )

Writing? Well... I'm doing Camp NaNo. : ) I'm at 16k words, though... the farthest I've gotten in two weeks, but... I'm no where NEAR where I want to be. : P It's really fun, though, and I can't wait to see where my novel goes! More about it on my blog... I don't want to leave a long comment like last time, heehee. : )