With the Christmas and New Year celebrations firmly behind us, I had a number of ideas for how to begin this new chapter. I’d thought about plotting my goals for the year ahead, making my predictions for 2018, or even producing a risqué, yet tasteful calendar for my more devoted fans (My wife, the family dog, Jesus). None of them were what I really wanted, or needed for that matter. Like Edward Norton in the movie Fight Club, I needed my support group, I needed Writers Corner, I needed you guys…

… You guys are my “Bitch tits”, and I mean that in the sincerest, most affectionate way possible.

With NaNoWriMo just a distant memory and with December’s free time largely accounted for by Christmas prep, it’s time to get back to my novel before the dust begins to settle, lest I become a stranger to my own fiction and forget about the entire narrative that I’ve worked so hard to build.

Have you fallen victim to this writer’s curse?

When I left off after NaNoWriMo, my characters were in the greatest peril of their journey to date, and due to a lack of in-depth planning (I had an entire plot outline but my in-depth plan extended no further than what I thought achievable; A target I far exceeded) I was unsure as to how they would rise above it. Well, the planning phase is back in full swing as I aim to bring the second half of my novel to life.

I wanted to bring Writers Corner together as a way of announcing my goals for my novel throughout the year ahead. Whether ambitious, foolish, or otherwise misguided, this is my eight point plan for the year.

  1. January: Finish my in-depth plan.
  2. FebruaryApril: Finish the novel.
  3. MayJuly: Editing and re-writes.
  4. August: Have the Novel proof read for harsh but fair criticism. Perhaps not too harsh.
  5. September: Further editing and re-writes based on feedback. Mild nervous breakdown.
  6. Depending on initial feedback, repeat stages 4&5 until complete.
  7. October*: Cover design and marketing.
  8. November*: Novel release. Second nervous breakdown.

* Denotes a possible schedule change in regards to stage 6.

In an ideal world I would love to have my novel ready for release by the end of the year, while I’m fully aware that this is no ideal world. What goals have you set yourself for 2018?

In the meantime, I’m excited to announce the working title to my debut novel, The Deadlands, while I’ve also taken the liberty to produce a mock-up of what a potential cover design may look like.

While you’re here, perhaps you’d like to join me on Facebook or even Instagram, where I like to post things and stuff.

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