In January I decided to write a nonfiction book, and a fiction short (that ended up being a little long). I succeeded in both those things.
I wanted the nonfiction book to be 24k words long though, and after about 10k I had written about everything I thought was going to be in it. So I sent it to a friend and will bring it back out with her notes in March.
February is all about getting ready for my Story Grid Certification class in Nashville. I’m eyeballs deep in Silence of the Lambs, a book I’ve decided all authors should read. Thomas Harris does so many things so well in this novel I completely understand why Shawn recommends it and uses it as a teaching tool. That being said, I also look forward to picking Shawn’s brain about some of the choices Harris makes about when to show and when to tell. We hear all the time about “Show don’t tell!” but sometimes the story gets bogged down that way. I’ll be sure to report back after I get home from Tennessee in March!
All right, as you no doubt noticed, 2018 did not go as planned. There are several reasons for that, mostly the fact that I always think I can do anything and the reality of time and how much I need to sleep escapes me. So in an attempt to counter that tendency, this year I’m going month by month.
Since the new year is upon us, lets talk about the importance of setting goals! Not just any goal will do, they have to be attainable goals. I always start the year wanting to earn a million dollars but lets face it, thats not really attainable ;). Earning money, any amount will do, from my writing is an attainable goal. Once that goal is met, then I can say, well I made 1k from my writing this year so next year I want to double it. See how that works? Start small and work your way up! Everyone thinks about yearly goals around now as something to set for the entire year. They tend to make them huge. Like completely unreachable! Because anything seems doable when you have a year to complete it, right? You don't have to set a huge goal just because you have a year to complete it. If you complete your goals before the end of the year, up your game a bit. So, really start small.
Here are my goals for 2016:
1. Complete and publish the first season of The Starsboro Chronicles.
2. Complete and prepare the second season.
3. Complete and publish at least 1 full length novel
4. Earn enough money pay off my credit card debt.
5. Outline all twenty-three novels that are bouncing around in my head.
6. Write a few of those outlines into first drafts.
7. Write two blog posts and create two vlog posts every month
8. Read 12 books by Indie Authors
9. Give honest reviews of those books.
I really wanted to come up with ten but that's a lot! Each season of The Starsboro Chronicles is 10 novelettes and two short stories.
I am pumped about 2016 though. My first year as a published author! And to have 13 products out in my first year will feel amazing no matter what!
Marissa Frosch is the head of marketing at Amphibian Press and also writes under the pseudonym Cameron J Quinn. The first of her Starsboro Series is due out on January 16th. She can found on Facebook, Twitter, and her website.
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