Before I talk about 2012, I thought I’d look back at My Writing Plans for 2011. How did I do?
At this point in time, only two projects are definitely on my “to-write” list: the Rymellan series and a story for Torquere Press’s Sapphic Signs…
I do know that I’d like to focus on short stories and novellas. Since I don’t write a story with a set length in mind, I might end up writing a novel anyway, but my preference will be to work on projects that I expect to come in under 50K words.
Bzzt! I ended up writing Threaded Through Time, Books One and Two, both of which came in over 50K words. Having said that, when I started to write Threaded Through Time, Book One, I expected it to come in under 50K words.
I see myself publishing only one print book in 2011: Rymellan 2.
Bzzt! I ended up taking Threaded Through Time to print, too.
Okay, so I won’t be enjoying a second career as a psychic anytime soon.
What’s in Store for 2012?
At the moment, I have only one story on my “to-write” list; in fact, I’m already writing it: the March Rymellan story. Will there be any other Rymellan stories in 2012? I don’t know. If I had to guess, I’d say no. But as you can see from 2011, nothing I say in this post is cast in stone.
I will, of course, take Rymellan 3 to print and eBook in 2012.
Once I’ve finished the March Rymellan story, I’ll open my ever-growing ideas file and choose what to write next. I hope to cross a few ideas off the list in 2012.
I’ll try to do what I wanted to do in 2011: focus on shorter works. I’d like to write a variety of stories, none of which I’ll talk about because I don’t know what I’ll do with them when they’re finished.
- Learn from the experience and stick the story in a drawer.
- Submit the story to an ezine, magazine, or anthology.
- Wait until I’ve built up a decent collection of stories and then publish them.
- For novellas: publish them.
As you can see, the options range from never publishing a story to potentially having a story accepted for publication in a year or two. Given that, there’s no point talking about what I’m writing as I go along. I’ll only talk about a story when I know that it’ll be published, and when.
No More WIP Page
Once I’ve posted the March Rymellan story to Rymellan Fiction, I’ll remove the WIP page from this website. It’s mainly there so people can check where I am with the next Rymellan story. That will become moot in March, and since I won’t be talking about whatever I’m writing as I’m writing it, there won’t be anything to put on the WIP page.
In 2012, I’ll finish writing the March Rymellan story, and I’ll publish Rymellan 3 in print and eBook. I’ll focus on short stories, novelettes, and novellas for the remainder of the year. When I know if/when a story will be published, I’ll post about it on my blog.
I wish you a safe and happy holiday season, and all the best for 2012. See you next year!