Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2011 in Writing

Before I start, I should ALSO let you know I am at Burrowers, Books & Balderdash today talking about VOICE... what it is and how to strengthen yours (a la Tart... so strictly my view on the matter)

Okay, peeps... you ready to MAKE A PLAN!? Just ignore the mad cackling. That follows me a lot this time of year... It is my plan fiend... He gets REALLY excited with this whole resolution thing...

Before I dish my plan, I should probably explain... there are components of this that are SET IN STONE and portions that are more... set in pudding... (as in they will be permitted to slip and slide as suits me (and flexibility requires) so I will try to clarify which points are which... Ooooh! Maybe with COLORS!!!  So RED AND BOLD is for SURE

BEFORE 2011 Hits:

*  Press 'send' for Garden Cozy
*  Finish this round of LEGACY and send to a couple readers
*  Read enough of my 3 WriMos to CHOOSE January's project (this is fuzzier than it was a couple days ago as I think my most recent might actually be the cleanest, in spite of my love for the Kahlotus story—I just really need to evaluate what I can accomplish in a month)


Edit and Polish one of my WriMos.
Write and test pitch for ABNA: revise test repeat until ready.
Enter Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest


Polish Legacy (should be a 2 week task)
Present option to agent: if she passes, send a dozen queries
Begin writing next Garden Cozy


Finish Garden Cozy
More queries if appropriate
Read Confluence and take notes


Finish reading Confluence beginning to end
Map out how to change PoV/Villains to make it a YA
Edit Confluence


REwrite that Gardening Cozy (should have been about the right about of 'set aside' time) then send to peer reviewers.


Write my Microbrew themed near-Cozy (in a WriMo)


Polish 2nd Gardening Cozy/ send to agent
Revise one of WriMos (probably Kahlotus): Send to peer readers


Open spot for catching up if something has fallen behind


agent fixes on Garden Cozy
Rewrite MicroMystery
Cozy DUE to Editor


Polish the July Rewrite


NaNoWriMo: 1st draft of 3rd Garden Cozy


Polish Micro and pitch to agent (pretty sure this will interest her)

So FIRM:  Is writing 3 books, editing 4 books and doggedly finding representation for at least one other work.

So how do the rest of you plan?  And what are they?


David Macaulay said...

OMG - impressively organized. I think I'll stick to my vague plan of writing one book, tho.

Old Kitty said...

Wow. I have no plans. Seriously. Looking at yours though - I'm most tempted to just go Naked.

GOOD LUCK with your amazing plans!! Yay!!!!

:-) Take care

Sarah Ahiers said...

man, planned out month by month?! That is crazy! I haven't given my plan too much thought yet, that will come next week, but i know for sure i will query in 2011

Creepy Query Girl said...

well, that sounds like a pretty productive year to me! My plan for this next year is to just keep trucking along, doing what I'm doing. I've got a new book in mind already and have started plotting. Fossegrim is out with a few agents and I'm hoping to hear good news eventually *fingers crossed*:)

Carol Kilgore said...

You are a much faster writer than I am. Since I can tell that by the amount of time you allot for each task, I think this is a good plan for you. It looks nothing like my own - LOL. I have four major goals for the year. And January goals. I'm going month-by-month ... or so ... beyond that.

Good Luck!

Mary@GigglesandGuns said...

Oh my! You are super ready for the new year. If I made a list it would only be worth the paper it's on. My resolutions are usually doomed.

mshatch said...

wow, you are organized and ambitious! My plan is a bit simpler; revise Grimoire and Almost Paradise, enter AP in same Amazon contest, finish namesake and find representation. If I can do all that this year I'll be fairly pleased with myself.

Good luck!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

How great are your plans! You inspire me.


Hart Johnson said...

David-I think one book is a GREAT plan. We all need to figure out what works for us and depending on other obligations and where you are process-wise... plus style.

Jenny--Naked is good! But keep writing, too!

Sarah--I thought you KNEW I was crazy already...

Katie- trucking along works. I tend to get more done if I think of all of it as deadlines, is all...

Carol-I DO write pretty fast anymore--notice my books get a rewrite and a polish, too... If I am writing a mystery, it is NORMALLY about an 8 week process, but if I WriMo it (ignoring my family) I can speed it up... increases clean up, but not by the difference in writing time.

Mary-Oh, my following of a plan is MUCH shakier than the MAKING of said plan... but it SHOULD get me on track for a couple months (at which time I will surely make a NEW plan...

MS-That's an impressive plan! Nothing wrong with THAT at all! You will have 3 books ready at that point, which, other than this Cozy contract, is really what I'm trying to do.

The Words Crafter said...

I'm so impressed.....and a bit daunted! I totally believe you can do it! (no pressure or anything, but I look up to people who can set goals and get them accomplished!)

I got goodies for you on my blog!

Jan Morrison said...

hey my tartlette - I did my four plans and one goal today! Not as huge as yours but I need to focus!

Golden Eagle said...

That's an impressive list! Good luck with your plans! :)

Colene Murphy said...

Busy Busy! Good luck!!

Andrew said...

Rarely have I seen such a comprehensive plan for a year....
I admire your drive.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Before 2011, I'll complete the sequel to my book. (Just three more pages!)
After that... damn, guess I need to plan something!

Cheeseboy said...

I could only wish to be as organized as you. I do need help with voice though...

erica and christy said...

Good list, you're very driven, Hart! Let me know if you want a set of eyes on your ABNA pitch - I'm no expert, but I'll definitely take a peek! I'm entering the same book as last year, but with a new pitch (that, um, I still haven't written)!

I would also like to finish my WIP, send it to readers, edit, and try to query by end of summer.

And add in some fitness. I'm becoming the out-of-shape-writer I never wanted to be. So I'll shoot for writing and exercise every day, but I'll be content if I can fit in one of them every day. Happy 2011!!

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

That’s an impressive schedule. I guess I’m not a planner, which is probably why I don’t get more done. Maybe I need to borrow your plan fiend!)

Helena said...

You're so ambitious! And you can write a book in eight weeks? Dang. Takes me eight weeks just to organize my thoughts.

For me 2011 means finishing editing and self-publishing three manuscripts. That is, if my bank account can handle them all. Then maybe I'll finish that other book I started. Then I SWEAR I'm gonna swear off writing forever. It's such an unhealthy addiction.

Hart Johnson said...

Thank you so much friends, for all the support! Keep in mind that parts of the plan are only PUDDING...

Abe-that shocks me you feel like you need voice help--I think you come through loud and clear. Maybe in more formal writing you are trying to rein in, and shouldn't. read some Tom Robbins if you want proof.

Erica-you are TOTALLY ON! I will give a shout!

Jane-try cackling madly--the Fiend will show up...

Helena-NO! Don't swear off writing!

Helen Ginger said...

I haven't laid out my plans yet, except in a vague way. Now I probably won't. I'm too intimidated by you. Although...okay, I'll see what I can plan before the end of the year.

Unknown said...

My 2011 plan: Read your novel. Read more books. Get married.

Yep, that's all.

lisahgolden said...

I don't plan. But I think it's time I do. Thank you for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Holy crap! I'm beginning to think your bathtub & glass(es) of wine trick is the key to real productivity.

That's it. I'm getting naked this year while writing. The people in the coffee shops might bitch about it, but screw 'em. Who cares what they think anyway?

Here's to an excellent 2011, good lady! Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Wishing you and yours an excellent 2011,
Boonie and Mrs S

I Must Be Off said...

Looks like a very full year ahead. You'll get it all done and more. :)