If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. – Benjamin Franklin
School is out. The vacation abroad has ended. Time announces the arrival of full-time writer-hood.
The schedule says: Three hours five days per week is allotted for writing. I’ve factored in other times for blog hopping and updating social media.
There’s a plan. *sighs*
I finished Plot and Structure, James Scott Bell’s masterpiece, and use it to guide my goal-setting and schedule for rewriting the novel.
Yes, rewriting. I doubt I will start anew, but I believe that a new document where I can cut and paste the sections I’m going to keep will work for me. Does this work in Scrivener? I guess I can make a new folder for the 2nd draft.
The book helped me generate plenty of questions that will need to be answered in my work in progress if it will ever become a completed novel.
No, I will finish the first draft by the deadline – August 24 – and I will begin the rewrite. This should take approximately eight weeks according to chapter 11 in Bell’s bible.
If I stay on schedule, I should be polishing the second draft in November. I hope this means I will be ready to take it to my classroom of 7th grade beta readers by January. At this point, that’s my plan.
During my cooling off period, I intend to work on building my social media platform (using the guidance of Kristen Lamb’s new book Rise of the Machines) and study Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King.
Bell has given me some other plotting homework that I intend to complete during my self-imposed exile to sit in the sunshine. For the next two months, this time is scheduled in for two hours every weekday afternoon. (You can be sure I’ll make time for the loving the sun – maybe meeting my word count for the day should be a prerequisite.)
What sort of schedule do you have for your writing life? Do you have a daily word count goal?
I’d love to hear any and all advice from my fellow writers – or other self-employed people.
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