Next week, I will be reviewing my goals for the first quarter of 2023. I’m doing pretty good in most categories, except one, which is arguably the most important one. My writing. I should have finished chapter three of my second novel by now, but I’m still on chapter one.
Life is what happens when you make other plans. In February, Kris and I attended Gallifrey One, the Dr. Who convention. I anticipated that and allowed for that weekend to be lost for writing. No regrets. Fun, friends, Dr. Who stars and Baby’s Bad Ass Burgers.
But I didn’t anticipate catching a cold a week and a half later. Nor did I anticipate the next Writer’s Conference would be virtual one weekend and evenings through Wednesday, and then in-person the following weekend. Not complaining. A lot to learn, just gets tiring after a while. I came home and crashed the following Monday.
This also put me behind in my two critique groups. My novel group met on the Saturday of the in-person conference. I had to turn in one of the critiques a week later to one of the writers. Now I have a screenwriting critique group meeting this Wednesday and I have only done one of two submissions.
So how am I going to catch up? Well, I originally built in some leeway into my original goals. I originally gave myself two weeks to write each chapter. Remember, I’m writing my second steampunk novel from the screenplay that I completed. So, I already have a 157-page outline with all the plot and character development worked out. I just need to add the prose and P.O.V. that are not found in a screenplay. I can also add or extend scenes to develop my characters further – that’s the fun part.
I have one critique to do for Wednesday and three that are due on Saturday, April 8th. Once I do those, I’ll have about three weeks clear of any other critiquing. I can get a lot done in three clear weeks and weekends.
So that’s my plan. I guess I’ll have to set some goals to get back on my goals.
156th blog completed.
Second Steampunk novel: 783 words. ß I have to get this number moving again.
Second Steampunk screenplay: 157 pages.
First Steampunk novel: 73,675 words.
First Steampunk screenplay: Need to update with notes from the novelization.
Third Steampunk screenplay: 38 pages.