Sunday, January 11, 2015

Updated writing calendar

I changed a few things here and there for my writing calender.

Jan 19~23
Write but something other than story
Write 2 songs everyday

Jan 24~30
·         Reprint story in different font
·         Make a list of ‘set ups’ with page number and list ‘pay off’ with page number.
Ex: talk about a pool table, and then use it in a later scene
·         Are minor characters interesting? Make them unique and add to the drama of story
·         Gather all opening paragraphs. Are they varied? If not change.
·         Gather all ending paragraphs. Do they make you want to read more?
·         Describe any changes that are needed and how to change

January 31~March 19
Draft 3
Rewrite each scene and sequel/make sure already written ones correct
A chapter a day with a day break ever other week
 Make changes that you noted from previous
Hand out to beta readers for their comments. Give beta readers a deadline

March 20~27
Write but something other than story
Write 2 songs everyday

March 28~April 4
Reprint story in different font
·         Rank chapters worst to best
·         Cut out character thoughts, instead show how they feel.
·         Describe one thing in the room, not the whole room (Bell)
·         Describe each main character without saying what they look like or what they do.  Can’t then they are flat and need fixing.  (Star Wars)
·         Make/print out calendar for the story. Check dates.
·         Check with beta reader’s comments
·         Describe any changes that are needed and how to change

April 5~ May 10
Draft 4
Make changes that you noted from previous. Fix worst to best
Hand out to beta readers for their comments. Give beta readers a deadline



May 11~18
Write but something other than story
Write 2 songs everyday


May 19~May 25
Print story in different font
·         Are minor characters interesting? Make them unique and add to the drama of story
·         List the themes. Do the threads carry throughout the story?
·         Check that each chapter flows onto the next in a logical order
·         Skip around in the book. Does every part feel like it’s written by the same person?
·         Choose words carefully, take some out/put some in?
·         Describe any changes that are needed and how to change

May 26~June 15
Draft 5
Make changes that you noted from previous

June 16 ~ July 1
Sent draft to get line edited
Work on
·         query letter
·         synopsis
·         elevator pitch

July 2 ~24
Sent query letter and synopsis to editor
Fix things editor suggested
Practice query letter/pitch out loud

July 24~26
DFW writers con

July 27~
Plot new story