Happy New Year!
I hope you’re all well and enjoying the first few days of 2013.
When I finished Camp NaNo and the first draft of A Scream In The Woods, I intended having a short break and then jumping head first into the next draft of my Crime Novel. The one I’ve been writing since 1954. Okay, slight exaggeration, but a long time.
I’ve never mentioned the title of this book even though it’s had the same one since the I finished writing the first page. The book’s called: I Can See You. It’s a police procedural set in my home city of Sheffield.
Anyway, I’ve not written or edited a single word in the last three months. Well, it is now time to rectify that.
I think I leave too long between drafts. 😉 I finished the first draft back in 2006 and only started the second draft last year, so it was more a total re-write. This time around is more like a proper second draft so hopefully it won’t take me as long. PLEASE DON’T TAKE TOO LONG!
I started on the 2nd of January and have finished the first 3.5k and am into the second chapter. I am a tinkerer and will find it difficult not to keep tweaking the text, but I’m already a lot happier with the start of the book. If I can keep editing the next chapter and stop revisiting what I’ve already done I should be okay. Should.
I’m using Scrivener again. I copied the book over from Word into Scrivener and have set up each scene on their own tab. I think I’ll find it easier to break the editing down into bite-sized chunks.
2 scenes down. 84 to go!
As far as plans for 2013 go, I have the same three I set last year.
- Read more
- Write more
- Maintain my weight
The READ more sets a target of another 24 books for the year. Technically the same number as last year. I’m not doing a reading challenge, but I will continue to read different genres as I enjoyed the variety last year.
The WRITE more is addressed by starting the next draft on I Can See You and then a second draft on A Scream In The Woods. If everything goes according to plan I might take part in a NaNo, either Camping style or the full-on November option. Glutton for punishment or what!
Maintain my weight is pretty self-explanatory. My Curly Wurly habit needs to be kept in check 😉
I wanted to add a random picture so picked this one of Bourton-on-the-water. I lovely place in the Cotswolds just below the fabulously named village of Lower Slaughter, which has a place called Slaughter Woods. I kid you not!
What are your writing plans for 2013?