In my last post I explained that I had defined my writing goals and put them in place. It’s been a couple of weeks now, and I thought I’d give a little update on how it’s going.
Well, surprisingly, it’s going splendidly. I’m really enjoying my writing time, I can’t tell you. I’m so jazzed right now.
As a recap, James Scott Bell, gave me some ideas on how to define my writing goals. His ideas were great because they incorporated the “study” that I had always used as a means of procrastination. Now I know that I CAN watch movies (in the same genre as my work in progress), I CAN read writing help books (to assist in issues I might be experiencing), and I CAN read fiction novels (again, in the same genre as my WIP as a means of LEARNING – taking notes are key)… so I now read my fiction books on the way to work and write my work in progress on the way home. I don’t get a huge number of words written per day (anywhere from 500-750) but that’s still pretty good for me. More importantly I’m getting through about a chapter a week, of my own work.
I’m in an interesting predicament as I have a completed novel, written in 1st person, but when I went back to it I realised I needed to include a new character (or characters). So, I find myself editing what’s already written and writing (from scratch) what hasn’t been put into words yet. It’s good fun.
Here were the list of goals I wrote down:
- I will complete one chapter per week until the 31st of December, 2012 (either written from scratch or edited)
- I will complete Strategem (my work in progress) by 31st December, 2012
- I will spend two Hours/week studying the Craft of Writing until December 31st
- I will read one book per month in the Action Thriller genre
Those books are/were:
- July – James Patterson’s Along Came a Spider
- August – Lee Child’s One Shot
- September – Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon
- October – Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs
- November – Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley
- December – Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game
I also have certain films that I’ve set myself to watch and study…
- July – Breakdown
- August – Flightplan
- September – Red Eye
- October – Psycho
- November – Panic Room
- December – Cape Fear
Everything has been calendarized and I haven’t had any issues following my daily tasks.
The only thing that has changed is I read James Patterson’s “Along Came a Spider” in two weeks… so, that leaves another two weeks to read a second novel each month.
At the moment, I’m reading Harlan Coben’s “No Second Chance”. All I can say is, WOW! Get it! Read it! It’s great!
I think, at some point, I’ll give a brief overview – not a review – on what I thought about the books I’ve read and in particular what knowledge I gained from them.
For now, I’m looking for five novels to fill the gap over the course of the next 5 months or so. I’m thinking I’ll read “Black Echo” by Michael Connolly.
Ideally I’m looking for Police Procedural books to read. Books with detectives, morgues, forensics, homicide etc…
As always, I welcome comments and any recommendations…