I woke up this morning feeling very worse for wear, and am (as of lunch time, when I’m writing this) still popping disprins. I checked Merrilee’s blog, as per normal every morning, knowing today was goals day. I read through the post and began doubting. This smelled curiously like hard work.
Not how I’m feeling I’m not, I thought. I wonder if we can turn in our goals tomorrow? I have areas of interest, but turning them into the format of goals smells like hard work. I didn’t feel like hammering them into the three month plan that I need.
Yet here I am, during my lunch break, doing what needs to be done.
So, following is what I’ve decided will be my plan of attack. It is divided up fairly much like Merrilee’s and hopefully has the same strong, confident and authoritive tone that hers has.
PART ONE; Finding the habit (again)
This part isn’t going to be so much about exploring interests for me. It’s going to be about doing what I need to do. However, I will link this four weeks by the common goal of writing different forms of fantasy.
Week 1: High fantasy
Week 2: Sword and planet pulp
Week 3: Urban fantasy
Week 4: Fantasy horror
This part of the course will be primarily about doing what needs to be done; getting the habit. My goals for these weeks will be;
1. Write at least 1 story in each of those themes.
2. Spend at least 30 minutes a day either writing, or planning, or plotting, if need be.
PART TWO; Ssssh, don’t talk, dear …
Again, with the idea of still writing at least 1 story per week, and spending 30 minutes a day plotting, planning or writing, I will explore description in stories. Not an overly dramatic area of exploration, but I want to focus on it. Right now, my month will be split into the following areas;
Week 1: Action and form, people description
Week 2: Explore the urban
Week 3: Explore the country
Week 4: Exotic weirdness
These stories will rely primarily on description rather than dialogue to carry them. I’ll focus on precise description, mood and atmosphere and moving the story on those, rather than dialogue.
PART THREE; Girls rock
Ah, the female point of view. I will split this section into character study more than anything. I’ve not written a lot of females, but I have noticed that those I’ve written tend to be the vaguely same sort of character. This part of the course I shall write four entirely different characters, all female. No week by week goals on this one, as long as they are four distinctly different types of character.
I think that will do me … I’ve not put a lot of pressure on myself in terms of high word counts or story requirements. More, I’ve put my pressure on regularity. If I’m not writing, I want to be doing something writing related, and it has to be uninterrupted (no staring off into space to pass the time, no sitting in cafes that have net connections for tempting me).
Well that went relatively well. Better I did that today than do it after work, when I should otherwise be getting an early nights sleep. Lets hope …
Evening thoughts @7pm
Not too many really other than to say it’s a little scary that I’ve just planned out the next three months of my writing. It’s vaguely liberating and somewhat weird.
Catch you tomorrow morning with the latest Weekend viewing!