New Year, New Goals

Welcome, 2014! We’re so glad to finally meet you!

The past couple years haven’t been easy for us, in terms of writing. We’ve been up to our ears in life changes (illnesses, job changes, Anah’s daughter went off to college, Dianne went back to school for a second Master’s degree). And, of course, we managed to attempt several projects more ambitious than we were ready for…or exactly as ambitious as they needed to be to be truly challenging.

But going into this new year, we are looking ahead to new goals, new opportunities…and, of course, new challenges and new obstacles to overcome.

We’ve set up a calendar to keep track of our writing life. We’ve reevaluated our processes and our goals. And we’ve made a list of the three most important projects for us to finish in 2014:

1. Top This — This is the only contemporary story on the list, which doesn’t mean it will be the only contemporary story we tackle. Top This has been on our plates for quite some time now and we’re excited about the progress we’ve made over the last few months to revise and rewrite it into the story we always knew it could be. We’re looking forward to sending it back to our editor in early 2014.

2. Parallax — This is a science fiction romance, the second in a planned series that began with Escape Velocity. We’ve rewritten and revised this several times. It definitely qualifies as one of the more challenging stories we’ve attempted to write in the past few years. We’re planning to tackle a final revision as soon as Top This is out the door, using a new method of “seeing the story” that we’ve been tinkering with for our blog posts.

3. Ternion — This is the third and final installment in the Foundations of Magic series that began with Tatterdemalion and continued in Trammel. We’ve set it aside for a couple years after several unsuccessful attempts to do it justice, but we think we’ve got some new ideas about how to put the pieces together to make the story shine.

We won’t be calling these or any of our plans for 2014 “New Year’s Resolutions”, but they are important steps along the way to both of us reclaiming our writing lives.

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New Year, New Goals — 6 Comments

  1. Congrats on the exciting life developments the past two years have brought for both of you. Great to see all of the wonderful things you have planned for this year.

    Yesterday I was struck by the need to have a weekly calendar to keep track of my crazy schedule. However, since one of my resolutions for this year is to give my writing priority–despite all of my other obligations–I like this idea of creating a calendar for my writing.

    None of the projects I’m working on are currently under contract, so I’ve had no real impetus to get them done. I need to set firm deadlines for myself to get back on track.

    • We’re not under contract for anything either — and for the past few years, we’ve been careful to keep it that way, because with all the craziness, we didn’t want to *not* meet a deadline. But we definitely need to have goals and deadlines for ourselves, if we’re going to get anything done at all. :)

  2. I’ve set some writing priorities myself for this year, too, and I’m excited to see if I can meet these goals. One of the most important things I’m going to try to do this year is to build in writing time in my schedule. That means time that I use only for writing, not emailing, Facebooking, surfing the Internet. Just writing. With all the other stuff that needs to be done in a day, it’s a challenge, but one I’m up for. Here’s to making 2014 a more organized year!

    • That’s something we’re always struggling with, Jana. Especially with two of us involved, a scheduled writing time can quickly turn from a conversation about what needs to happen next in a scene to an hour-long reminisce about a story we wrote two years ago with a similar theme. It’s tough to stay focused!

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