Three months from right now I’ll be in Florida. I leave September 15, bright and early at 6AM. Yes, that means I’ll have to be at the airport at 4am. But 1) it’s cheaper the earlier in the day you fly, and 2) I figured, if I’m paying for this trip, and taking the vacation time, I’m not wasting half a day leisurely waking up, then traveling, finally arriving at 4 or 5 in the evening. I’m going to be there early and enjoy every minute of it!
I’m going by myself, which is both exciting and a little scary. I’ve never taken a trip by myself before. I’ve flown somewhere alone, and met a friend, but never in my entire life have I spent almost 5 days completely alone. (Well, I’ll be surrounded by people, but people I don’t know, so essentially alone.) It’s going to be my own private writing retreat. I got a hotel on the beach, so I’ll spend my time with my laptop, notebook, and, well, not froo froo drinks with umbrellas because I don’t like those, but a beer or occasional martini. (Note: I will not spend the vacation wasted, but hey, if you can’t enjoy a few drinks on the beach, what good is life?)
I had the rest of my writing year all planned out. I would finished editing Divided Heart by the end of June (still on track for that), rewrite Ravaged Heart starting July 1, finishing by Oct. 31, and write the 3rd book in the series for NaNoWriMo in November. Then in December I would begin editing Ravaged Heart. I thought it was a totally doable plan.
Then I decided to do JulNoWriMo (July Novel Writing Month). It’s essentially NaNoWriMo on a smaller scale, participant wise, but is still write 50,000 words. Only different is it doesn’t have to be a totally new work. It can be a work in progress, or a rewrite, like I’ll be doing with RH. So my timetable for the rewrite will be accelerated. I almost worry I won’t have any new material to work on while I’m sitting on the beach!
Because my first attempt on Ravaged Heart went a little astray, I’m going to try doing a loose outline. I don’t know if I’ll get that done before July 1, though, so I may still pants it. (Pantsing it is essentially winging it – fly by the seat of your pants. It’s what we writers call those who don’t outline or pre-plot a novel.)
I’m also still doing the Savvy Authors June Bootcamp, which is why I’m not sure how much outlining I’ll get done. But let’s face it – my team is dead in the middle. It’s unlikely that we’re going to have a massive push these last 2 weeks and emerge victorious. I’ll admit, I’m part of the reason. If I were writing new words, I’d get much more done every day. But editing isn’t my schtick, and it takes me longer to do. So, I’ll keep editing as much as I can every day, but I’m going to work on other stuff as well. Like the workshop I’m currently enrolled in for “Show, Don’t Tell.” I do far too much telling in my writing, so I’m sure this one will be a huge help. And reading Scene and Structure, which one of the members of my online critique group recommended. I bought it, just haven’t read past the first chapter yet.
Yes, it’s a busy time writing the next 6 months, and I look forward to every minute of it. I’m back in the groove, and this time, I’m going to stay here.