How has 2018 been treating you?
I’ve been reading about the Cape Town, South Africa water drought crisis. That’s terrible! I’ve yet to see anything that suggests how to help (as an ordinary person from another country). Though, short of chipping a chunk of glacier off of Antarctica and hauling it up there, I’m not sure what could be done. (And even that has a host of issues.) I hate powerless news, when all you can do is passive action like spreading the word or praying. I feel guilty not being able to do something active as well.
I think relates to novels. People often read with the unconscious desire to learn a possible way to deal with whatever the protagonist faces. (SHAMELESS PLUG: See how Wend takes charge of her life in Fractions of Existence! AMAZON)I think that’s also why people get tired of tropes.
I’m so behind on writing, as well as other areas of my life. I either have to redo my weekly goals list or fail them. No good choice there.
The MAIN LIFE GOALS:
- Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
- Survive at least another 37 years
- There’s also the Bucket List.
Current Writing End Goals
From the End Goals of an Author post.
- Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20, 2018.
- Find a way (emotionally, mentally) to complete the high fantasy short story.
- Redo the longer version of the tribal story, then self-publish it in 2018.
- This year I resolve to be more engaged in my online writing community by regularly commenting on fellow writers blogs every month, leaving book reviews, and publishing another book.
- Publish a book
- Keep supporting diverse books
- Be part of 5 blog hops/fests
- Keep rocking the Debut Author Spotlight at Operation Awesome
- Enter 3 writing contests
- Create a spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length
- Participate monthly in Blog All About It Challenge
- Complete Reading challenges Try Something New, Trope Challenge (weather being important to the story), Bookish Bingo, 50 Book Pledge, Goodreads, Bout of Books, TackleTBR
- Read 2 books selected by The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (Book Club)
- Read 8 Speculative Fiction books
- Read 8 Debut Author books
- Read 10 Diverse books
Goals for February:
Review of Goals for January:
Jan 28- Feb 3 Edit Anah’s story.
Feb 4- Feb 10 Edit Anah’s story.
Feb 11- Feb 17 Finalize Anah’s story stuff.
Feb 18- Feb 24 Prepare for the A to Z Challenge
Review of Weekly Goals:
Dec 31- Jan 6 Work on Anah’s story
Jan 7- Jan 13 BOUT OF BOOKS
Jan 14- Jan 20 (travel)
Jan 21- Jan 27 Work on Tribal and/or High Fantasy shorts
The Novel-Writing Training Plan: 17 Steps to get your ideas in shape for the marathon of writing by Kathy Edens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Very clear and well written. This is great for new authors who are starting to learn. But it’s also great for experienced authors who want a quick refresher after hitting the “wall” and are unable to figure out what that “one thing” is that seems to be missing. It’s a good, short read.
This book and authors were new to me.
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