Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Best Laid Plans...

I'm sitting here, eating my warm porridge (not too appetising, but does me a lot of good!) trying to think of something blog-worthy to post.

Anyone striking the outside of my cranium this morning would hear a booming echo...

As I drove home late last night, my head was seething with writerly-thoughts. What to do to DANGEROUS LIES to improve the partial. When I think I could set up RUN AMONG THORNS in house style and get it to Medallion. If, by some amazing chance, the Other Publisher requests TAKEN, how soon could I finish the full MS?

(The answer to that one, I suspect, is end of March earliest. My diary is chronically overbooked with evening meetings in Feb. In order to preserve health and sanity, I'm going to need to accept I can do very little writing in that blessedly short month)

Then, as I drove past Threlkeld and the rain lashed down so hard it was reflecting my headlights like mist, I started wondering what I would write next.

It was nice wondering what I'd write next. I rather enjoyed it.

I suspect I'll do Gareth's story next. That's DANGER, DEEP WATER. Research is going to have to involve a yacht trip...

By next, of course, I probably mean 'in summer'. Oh, the writing year gallops on apace.

Do you have long term plans as well as short term goals? How do you keep track of them?


At 3:24 pm, Blogger Anna Adams said...

Hey, Anna,

You make even a drive home in the rain sound well worth taking. (Mind you, we had a record-breaking 72 F--22 C here yesterday. No sign of winter!)

I make long and short-term plans, but I rarely manage to keep them. Because of family stuff for the past couple of years, but suddenly, I just don't seem to be good at living with a plan. (Trying to embrace that--along with my excessive use of parentheses.) If you figure it out, you should write an article on it! :-)

Hope everything's going well with you and yours!

Anna A.

At 7:39 am, Blogger Anna Lucia said...

Round here, even a drive home in the rain IS worth taking. :-D

Personally, I think that if a plan isn't changeable and revisable, it's completely unrealistic... but I'm lost without SOME sort of goal.

At 8:01 pm, Anonymous Wax said...

Right now I'm keeping a database of core-story ideas, and I really do try to stick to priorities.



And hi, btw.


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