Lately, as a lot of you may know from reading my previous posts, I’ve been feeling very…out of sorts. I felt like I had no direction and I didn’t know what I was doing with my writing or anything else. But mostly my writing. Well, because of that feeling, I have created a whole reconstruction plan for my writing for the next year.
I am changing my blogging from once a day for five days to three times a week: Monday, Wednesday & Friday. It allows to me to have more freedom/more inspiration with my blog posts. I won’t run out of material as fast and I still keep up with my readers.
I have decided to start brand new with my writing come January 2013. After doing some research, I found that the way you usually promote a new work is before the work is published. You build up an audience before the book is finished and ready to go public. Then, from there, you promote even more. I don’t know why it took me so long to realize that but I’m glad I finally did. So, since I didn’t really like Beneath the Surface, the novel I wrote this summer, and my NaNoWriMo novel leaves a lot to be desired, I’m starting fresh.
I’m taking the next month an a half to come up with new ideas for stories, maybe a series even, and do a complete outline, not my usual vague outlines. I’m hoping that, not only will it keep me structured and on task, but the time away from writing will help me become more inspired to write. I used to love to write all the time but lately it feels like a chore because I’m not happy with it. The goal is that the time away will change that.
The next year I will actually have a launch date set in my mind so that I have something to work towards and a deadline I HAVE to keep. I won’t just be publishing these stories without anyone knowing about it until it already happens.
I am determined to attend at least one writing conference on the East Coast. I’m keeping it small because I’ve never been to a conference before and I don’t know what to expect. I don’t want to overwhelm myself. I am also determined to enter at least one contest this year, but hopefully two or three. This goes along with trying to get myself out there. If I have other things I’m working on, I won’t be harping too much on publishing and my novel. I will broaden my horizons which, in turn, will make me a better writer.
So, like I said, it’s a brand new beginning for me. I’m crossing my fingers that this will work because, if it doesn’t, I’m not sure what else to do to get myself out there as an author. The other option I have is to try and find an agent/publisher but I did that once with no luck. I’m not sure that the second time would be that different.
I am very excited for my plans and to carry them through. I’m excited to have a structure and an actual idea in my head about what I am going to to do in the near, and farther, future. It feels good to have something to grasp on to.