Plans, they keep a-changing

I’ve made a lot of plans this year, and it seems like every time I’ve been on track with one of them, something has cropped up that means I veer off in another direction, or get jolted off course altogether.

And that’s life, isn’t it?

This was meant to be the year of the novel, but it wasn’t. Apparently it was actually the year of the novella, which in some ways makes sense. Making that leap from short fiction to long can be difficult, making that leap when your family is in chaos and stress levels are through the roof is just ridiculous.

However, I DID finish writing my novel Sun-Touched, and it’s at the top of my list for revision come the new year, but Surplus to Requirements simply did not get further than about 5k into the rewrite. I couldn’t get past those opening scenes, and then the nudge to write Burn came along so I ran with that. Sometimes you have to run with things.

My writing group has been a great help in my sanity this year, and in keeping me moving forward. Even though we’ve all been busy, just knowing that these other writers give a damn and are there when I need a boost, or need to be challenged or cajoled does a great deal in keeping one foot moving in front of the other.

I think I am slowly learning to be okay about the fact that just about anything can derail a writing plan – the important lesson this year has been that no matter what else is going on in my life, writing will be there when I recover enough from life to get back to it. I can’t count the number of times this year I’ve been sure the muse has abandoned me forever, only to find that the moment my stress level has dropped below that line where I can begin to think of other things, the ideas are there, waiting for me.

And I do have ideas, good ones. I’m just starting to rough draft a new short story, as well as planning for a new novella to launch into come December. They’re both set in New Zealand, which is exciting for me, and I’m looking forward to tapping into some of my personal history, my heritage and experiences of life in NZ and using them creatively in fiction.

What have you all got lined up for the last few weeks of the year?


8 thoughts on “Plans, they keep a-changing”

  1. A re-evaluation of several aspects of my creative endeavors in an effort to re-focus. There were several epiphanies this month that were eye-opening.

    1. Will we get to read about them on your blog? If so, I look forward to it! And if not, best of luck with your re-focusing. Epiphanies are wonderful 🙂

      1. Yes, actually. There will likely be a few posts about it. I’m still sorting out my thoughts but there will be new posts coming soon.

  2. I will continue to crack on with “The Camp” – that absolutely will be a novel that absolutely will be finished and published next year. Absolutely!
    I will also go back and do the final, final nips and tucks of my Regenerations submission, and, again, nip and tuck another horror story (that had been destined for an anthology that got cancelled) and find somewhere else to submit it.

    Like you Cassie, I was going to write a novel in 2012, but at least I did do a novella (The Royal Wedding from Hell – available in all ebook formats at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/178959) – so at least I have something to show.

    As you say, life just turns up sometimes and plans go astray, but, with a bit of luck, there’s always something bubbling up from the creative parts…

    1. I’m glad to hear you’re going to finish and publish your novel next year 🙂 I look forward to hearing how it goes! Good luck with your nipping and tucking. I had an idea for Regeneration, but I haven’t been able to get it on the page due to a death this last month. I think I might have run out of time for that one. I hope you get in though! Your stories are always fun to read.

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