I’ve been thinking about his a lot, as one often does at the end of the year. What do I want to accomplish next year? There are quite a few things really, some writing related, others not. I’d like to lose fourty pounds and pay off two credit cards. Those aren’t necessarily writing related, but seeing as I can focus better when I feel better and the less debt I have, the easier it will be to go freelance, they are somewhat related. But those are just two, there are many, many more. For the sake of time, I’ll post a short, overall list.
1. 100k words per month for the next year. That comes out to 1.2 million words. It’s certaily doable. It would be 3300 words a day or 5000 words a day just Monday through Friday. I’ve hit those numbers once or twice, so it’s possible. I just need to work on consistency.
2. Write and finish at least twelve new short stories and send them to New York Publishers. Not to difficult when you think about it really. That’s a short story a month. That’s also about 60,000 words. I write a little bit longer so possibly up to 100,000 words.
3. Write and finish at least six novels and send them to New York Publishers. 600,000 words
4. Write and finish at least four novels and put them online for e-publication. 200,000-400,000 words
5. Get my traditional race score above 30. Which with twelve new short stores, plus the twelve I already have and six novel queries out, that would actually put me above 40, over 60 if the novel queries are all complete manuscripts. Plus, I’ve got two novels already finished.
Now, with all that, that only puts my word count between 900k and 1.1 million. (I know some of you are saying ONLY?) I figure that’s a good buffer in case some things end up being longer than I planned. I get really invested in stories and they can run long. Plus, I may plan to do twelve additional short stories and post them online. That would put my erace score at 32. Not a great number, but it’s a start.
But with Dean Wesley Smith’s latest post, I figure I had better get my butt in gear and start practicing what I preach. It’s all well and fine to be sourced as one of the originators of a new system, but it’s better to put it into use. Onward and upward into the breach!