I know that New Year’s isn’t for at least another week or so, but I’ve decided on what one of mine is going to be. I would like to have five novels finished by the end of next year. Pretty outragious, right? Here’s the plan, which I think anybody could follow. This is in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, where you create a 50,000 word novel by the end of November) fashion. Here is a rundown of how I planned this to work:
January – I plan on finishing the current novel being worked on by the end of January. If I finish early, I can start planning my February novel.
February – I would start another novel this month, while putting the first on the back burner.
March – March would be the month of editing and revising the novel finished in January. Why do this in March, instead of finishing the project earlier? It give me time to walk away from the novel long enough to read it with a fresh mind to see what needs to be added or deleted from the final manuscript. March will also be the month for publishing the novel and marketing for it.
April – April will be the month to edit and revise February’s novel. By the end of April, there should be enough time to publish and market the second novel.
May – This will be the month for a new novel. By this time I should have two published novels.
June – Yet another new novel with the novel from May on the back burner.
July – Editing and revising May’s novel. Publishing and marketing said novel.
August -Editing and revising June’s novel. Publishing and marketing following.
September – New novel. Have you noticed a pattern, yet?
October – This will actually be the month to plan for NaNoWriMo, with plenty of advice on this blog on how to prepare for the journey of NaNoWriMo. Of course, there will be plenty of advice long before then as well.
November – NaNoWriMo novel. I did this for the first time this year, and I highly recommend it. Joining in on the fun has many perks, including advice from those who have done this challenge before (in the forums) and a new novel for you. You can even do fanfiction for NaNoWriMo, which is a great practice run for any budding novelist. The world, rules and characters of your chosen fanfiction world are already in place, which can also help you figure out how to worldbuild and character build.
December – Editing and revising September’s novel. Publishing and marketing.
As you can see, I have a busy year ahead of me, and I cannot wait to come up with a lot of new worlds! Do you have a crazy schedule for your writing? As you can see with what I’ve come up with, you can also be achieve your goals with a lot of persistence!