Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Way Back Wednesday: Project Progress

 This post from five years ago was fun to look back on. Project #2 (Know Thyself) and Project #3 (Courting Peace) have both been published (although I no longer remember if that was the title I came up with when I couldn't sleep on that Friday night in 2017). 

Project #1, a finished novel (!) has been sadly neglected. 

Which brings me to this summer's project list.

  • Project #1 is a non-fiction book for teachers. I'm closing in on finishing up the proposal, which is why it has shoved Project #2 out of the Project #1 slot.
  • Project #2  is a(nother) novel with a new cast of characters. I'm about 100 pages in, and m critique partners have encouraged me to keep going. As soon as I get Project #1 out the door, this one moves up in the ranks.
  • Project #3 was Project #1 in 2017. It's been finished for a long time and revised twice because it's too long. I'm on what I hope is the final revision before I submit it somewhere or to someone. Clearly, I need a plan. And fewer new ideas to knock the old ones to the bottom of the list. Oh, and a love for revision, which isn't arriving any time soon.
No matter which project I'm working on, I'm always grateful that summer gives me time to write and, that I have readers who want to know what I'm working on. :-)

When I first started writing, it was easy to focus. I'd have one piece in progress -- first articles, then, later on, books -- and, when I had time to write, that was where I'd focus my attention.

Over time, things became more complicated. It seemed that the less time I had to write, the more ideas I had to put on the page. And, when I sat down to work one thing, another one would pop up.

It's a good problem to have. Still, it can be a challenge to corral all these characters and ideas, and give each his or her due. You've heard the phrase, "it's like herding cats"?

Yeah. That.

And that is just where I find myself right now. The summer is just beginning and I have time to devote to my cats, er, characters, each of whom is clamoring for attention.

So, I did what any parent would do. I chose a favorite.

Just kidding.

I did what any writer would do. I prioritized.

And now I'm going public, because I hope that will keep me honest.

  • Project #1 is a novel with a new cast of characters. Over the past year, with the help of my critique group, I've been tightening and revising and I am within twelve chapters of finishing this stage of the project, which gives it front burner status.
  • Project #2 is an idea I've been toying with based on my Organizing by Style blog. Because it's time sensitive, it has risen to the top of the list. Stay tuned for details, which I hope to have available at my Christmas in July Facebook Party.
  • Project #3 is the third Marita/Angel/Charli book, for which I just might have come up with a title when I couldn't sleep last Friday night. We'll have to see if it sounds as good in the light of day as it did at 3 am. I promise new twists and developments...which is why it's taking me so long.
There's other stuff, too, but three major projects sounds like a full summer, so I'm going to let the others duke it out in the background. 

Meanwhile, if you have ideas about Marita, Angel and Charli (besides killing off Jim), please share them. One innocent reader comment sparked a plot twist that surprised even me. The characters are really taking over in this one, and Bets isn't the only one who's opinionated. 

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some writing to do. 

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