For those that know me or have been following me for a while know I’m generally always writing something. I’ve even been called prolific, but I haven’t come close to earning that moniker this year.
In short, here we are in the middle of February and I haven’t written more than a couple of words yet. The shocking thing is, I’m doing this on purpose. I actually sat down and worked out a plan and timetable to get accomplished without my running around like a chicken with my head cut off.
Surprisingly enough, it’s worked! I’ve actually been more productive in aspects of writing besides writing than in a few years. Why? That’s a good question. I guess the simplest answer is: I’m determined.
I’m a weird kind of guy in that I burn myself out easier than probably should be possible, and then spend a few months trying to rekindle my desire and energy. I think that was a big reason 2013 was a lackluster year for me, and a driving force behind my publishing four books in 2014 and a couple more in 2015.
More than anything, it felt good to get back in the saddle. Going into this year, I had a couple of titles that have been hanging around for a couple of years that would close out a pair of novella trilogies (The Winter Creek Trilogy and the Sword and Flame trilogy). For one reason or another, they fell to the wayside, along with a couple of other shorts I’ve been working on here and there.
My plan for 2016 is a simple one. I’ve been editing various projects (Mine and others) since December of 2015, and I’m nearly ready for my first release coming in March (More on that at a later date, along with a pleasant surprise. :D). I’ve also had a couple of ideas for stories pop into my head, but instead of sitting down to write right away, I’m letting them simmer while I mentally work through various scenes and story arcs.
One of those is a sci-fi epic based on everything I love about the sci-fi genre I plan to work on during this year’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). It’s also the first book I’m developing characters and outlining the story in detail before sitting down to write. I don’t know about you all, but that’s a definite first for me. lol
My other ideas are a sci-fi horror/suspense story based on a zoo, and a potential haunted house horror story. Both have some interesting things I’m looking forward to exploring, so it should be a fun time. As it stands, one or both of these will be a single Camp NaNoWriMo project.
The other Camp will be for a previous novel I haven’t quiet gotten a grip on yet called Midnight Strangers. It’s a weird thing when I know what to write, but I haven’t quite settled on how to write it. Does that makes sense? Basically, it’s set during post-Vietnam War about a vet coming to terms with his PTSD and finding his way in a new world with a new role. It’s a paranormal/coming of age type of story I’ve kinda dedicated to my dad, who died in 2013.
I’m not sure what’s going to happen with these stories since I decided to slow things down, but they’re all leading to tons of research and memory dredging. More than that, I’m sure it’s going to be a fun ride however it turns out. 🙂
How’s your 2016 going so far? Are you meeting your goals? Did you shift anything to make things work smoother? I’d love to hear from you. 🙂