Since I have been blogging pretty sporadically lately and writing even more sporadically (in my memoir and otherwise) I have decided that I need a writing project to help kick me into gear. I would like to spend this blog laying out my plans.
What’s that quote about best laid plans?
No matter how carefully a project is planned, something may still go wrong with it. The saying is adapted from a line in “To a Mouse,” by Robert Burns: “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.” (From Dictionary.com) Well, this little mouse is going to try to make plans anyway. No matter how fool hardy.
Best laid plans
I have decided that October is my month of finishing the writing projects that aren’t directly related to my memoir. Because I do plan to participate in NaNoWriMo in November (writing 50,000 words in one month) in order to really make some substantial headway on my memoir. So here are the writing projects I would like to complete in October:
- Polish the short stories that I wrote for this blog when I first started it as 12 Months of Stories. I would like to start to submit writing to publications and I feel some of these stories are good enough but they need some finesse.
- Finish several creative nonfiction pieces I have started so I can start to submit those as well. The idea behind submitting my writing is to get my name out there so I can mention published pieces when I eventually query my memoir to publishers and agents.
- Prepare for NaNoWriMo by making sure all my structural work is done (outline, etc.) so that I can just focus on writing and word generation come November.
Is this realistic/doable?
I honesty think these goals are pretty manageable to complete in a month. The only hitch in that giddy up is that I haven’t been writing much of anything… That’s why I am setting these goals to complete BEFORE NaNoWriMo so that they will act like a warm up to the furious word generation that is NaNoWriMo. So here’s hoping I stick with it. I will update this blog as I go along. The last thing I want from October is to feel burned out BEFORE NaNoWriMo because then I really won’t succeed and my plans will really be best laid plans of mice and ME (and my inner writer mouse will be asking: “Who moved my cheese?”
Like all things on the creative front I am behind on my Daily Doodles but here are a few.