World’s Slowest Writer

Happy New Year!

Is it me or is time speeding up? Here we are five days into the new year, and I haven’t figured out my goals yet. Heck, I haven’t even reflected on last year’s goals. Maybe it’s better that way. Last year I had three goals and fell short of them all.

Time to try again…

My goal for 2012 is to start and finish writing a new novel. Since I’m a contender for World’s Slowest Writer, handing my agent a new book before year-end will not be easy. But I think I can speed up productivity if I plot more precisely than I have done in the past. If I spend more time on the story arc, the characters’ goals, motivation and conflict, and the turning points upfront, I should have less fixing and rewriting later on. It can’t hurt, right?

So I download a free trial of the writing program Scrivener. This program seems like a great way to organize my story and keep everything, including research, in one file. I’m still going through the tutorial, but so far it seems pretty good, as long as I can remember how to use all the functions. Perhaps I should sign up for Gwen’s Scrivener class in February.

Well, at least I have one goal to work toward. I still need to determine my karate goals and personal goals (Note to self: include get more sleep on personal goals list). What about you? Do you make goals or resolutions for the New Year? If you’re a writer, do you use writing software? Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?

~KM Fawcett

5 responses to “World’s Slowest Writer

  1. I had to laugh out loud because I was thinking, “Maybe she should take my class,” and then I read the next line. 😉 Thanks for the mention!

    I definitely make goals at the start of the year and revisit them periodically. For personal goals, getting more sleep is definitely on my list too.

    I’m kind of a hybrid writer. I try to have some of the basics figured out before I write–GMC for H/H and villain, early turning points, what the internal and external conflicts are–but I still wing a lot of it.

    Good luck meeting your goals for 2012. Have a great year!

  2. Hey good luck! I am a writer too and I know how hard it can be to get the story on paper. Just keep working at it and you’ll get there.

  3. Kathy,
    good post. goals. I have plenty. I want a publishing contract this year. I said this last year too, but here we go again. I want to speak at more schools. I want more time to write. Ha. Personal goals: be less judgemental, more patient, more in the moment. Take a karate class. The list goes on and on, but one thing is for sure. Without goals, nothing gets done. Where’s my list…

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