Last year, I set big goals for myself for my writing. I was going to write the third novel in my Fallen Angel series. Cross that off. I was going to write a new Babet and Prosper novella. Done. I was going to start putting short-short stories on my webpage. Check. And I was going to finish a third novel for Wolf’s Bane and maybe Empty Altars. I’ve just finished the first draft of the Wolf’s Bane novel–admittedly late, but hey!–somewhere in there, my agent asked me to try to write a romance. First, I don’t read romance. I don’t know the rhythms and intricacies of the genre. So that’s what I did first. I really believe you can’t write something you don’t read. And I discovered that I love Catherine Bybee. I read her, and ideas started to perk. I wrote the book, sent it off, my agent–Lauren Abramo at Dystel & Goderich–loved it, and we’re still doing the rewrite dance.
This year, I didn’t set goals for myself, because I don’t know what to expect. My agent might ask for another romance. I hate being rushed, so I’m going to start a second one soon. Once my trusted critique partners go through Magicks Unleashed (the 3rd Wolf’s Bane), I’ll polish that and put it online. And then? I’m not sure. But for a writer with no agenda, I still feel behind. How can that happen? I’ve decided it just goes with the territory. I’m very aware that I haven’t written a third Empty Altars novel and don’t know when I will. I used to think that if I got to three books in a series, I could pat myself on the back for being a good girl. But then trilogies stretched to longer series, and some writers hit their stride on their fourth or fifth book. Yikes! That means that three books is just cutting your teeth. Anyway, I have lots of writing to go. This year, I just don’t have a plan. And for right now, that’s okay.
BTW, since I’m going to start rewrites soon, Sue Bahr did a great blog post on it. I found it really helpful. https://suebahr.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/five-ways-to-fall-in-love-with-editing/
Also, since I’m starting to miss Tyr and Diana in Empty Altars, I decided to treat myself by writing a short story about them for my webpage. I’m going to post one part every week for the month of March.
And if you’re ever interested in catching my author’s facebook page, it’s: https://www.facebook.com/JudithPostsurbanfantasy
If you have goals this year, hope you meet them. If you don’t, happy writing anyway!
7 thoughts on “Writing: How did March get here already?”
So many goals! So much achieved! I wish I could claim so much progress with my writing- but then we’ve already established that I’m the tortoise! I still can’t wait to read that romance- let me know if you want a beta reader. Im in.
And thanks for the shout out- I’m amazed you found my post so helpful (and why do the good ones always take so long to write!)
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Thanks for the offer to read. Lauren already okayed it, but I’ll remember your offer on the next one. I appreciate it. And it was a great post!
Got tired reading what you accomplished. Get tired thinking what is left on my plate but would rather be working on writing than cleaning. Had to do that today. Bleh! Missed you at Scribes.
I have to clean too. House went downhill while I was sick. And you’re right. Bleh!
Don’t kid yourself. A writer never stops “thinking” about writing. Now that March is here, I’m sure you’ll tackle a story–maybe even another romance– before you know what hit you!
Can’t deny that:)
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