Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Write.Revise.Share.Edit.Repeat.

Sound familiar?!?

I've been thinking alot lately about how I'm most definitely, 100%, undeniably, a Calendar Year Writer.

All my significant drafting and beginning ideas all begin in January, which is kind of cool and appropriate resolution-wise, and I'm betting I'm not the only one. Something about the new year just begs me to start fresh, to dive into that story that's been nagging me since early December, the one I was too busy with holidays and catching up to work on. Usually I already have an idea of where I want it to go and several random, spastic thoughts scribbled into the notebook by my bedside.

So, naturally, the rest of my year (post-January-March) is spent revising, sharing, editing, and polishing whatever book I started and wrote the majority (if not all of) those first three months of the year. Which means the end process usually takes MUCH LONGER than the actual drafting part. Yeah. That sounds about right.

Changes and polishing take time.

Which makes me wonder, why, WHY ON EARTH WHY, did I decide to try and write two new books this year? Honestly? No idea. (Way to go crazy writer resolution maker Kristi!)

Not sure there's actual room in my head or writing schedule for two books, but you know what? We'll see what happens.

What about you? Are you a calendar year writer? Or a NANO year writer who starts in November? Does the new year inspire you and remind you why you fell in love with writing in the first place? Did YOU make any crazy and probably unreachable writing goals this year?

Or is it just me?

10 comments:

  1. How cool that you are a calendar year writer! I am not -- I usually begin my drafts in about Sept/Oct, but it also takes me about a year to get them done. Interestingly (and maybe this will encourage you) I did write two books last year, and I really loved going back and forth between them in the revision stage. It really gave me the time away from one manuscript that I needed, but also kept me writing and productive. Granted, these projects were two different genres, so the differences in them helped ... but I don't think you're crazy. I think you might love it!

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    1. Amy - that TOTALLY helps! I can see how once you get past the drafting stage, it would help to be able to go between two while revising, just to mix it up! Maybe I'll make that goal afterall! ;)

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  2. Two books in one year! I am clearly an underachiever!

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    1. Well, it hasn't actually happened yet...so there's a good possibility that I might fail miserably...HA! :)

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  3. You are writing two books this year? How did I not know this (or their plots)? Prepare to be interrogated at our next coffee :)

    I have been revising my current project since NaNo of 2010, which is way too long to be working on one book. I must draft something new this year if only to save my sanity. I keep telling myself I can start the TBD project as soon as the "final" edits are off to the agent. Soon, hopefully.

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    1. I'm going to *try* to attempt two books this year, the operative word being "try"...HA!

      Can't wait to tell you all about it this Friday...been missing our coffee chats!!!

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  4. My writing is more in sync with the stages of the moon than the calendar! :)

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    1. LOL! Mine is in tune with the sun rising, I think. :)

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  5. My writing is always full of new, fun, exciting ideas, but no plot to carry the story. I officially suck at plots! YAY for new stories!!!

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