2013 was a remarkable year. The year I wrote three novels.
Let me state that again, for my own sake as much as yours.
I. Wrote. Three. Novels.
This is on top of a full-time Day Job and more than a dozen minor life events that took up weeks, weekends, time and emotional space I could have been writing. I should also give thanks to my partner for the times I’ve been lost in a book, either reading or writing or research.
Sure, I have to finish two of them. The plots are in place and I’m at the stage where I sift layers of colour and texture over them like a Buddhist sand painting, pulling scenery out of the darkness. I’ve made a start on one and have until the end of January to finish. Then the next, by the end of Feb. (First readers, you have been warned…)
The other surprise about my Year Of Three Novels is that my ability to write – 212,000 words, not including blog posts or emails or other writing not connected with novels or short stories – was focused by planning ahead. I have a five-year plan which shows me what my next writing projects are, well in advance, so I don’t have to worry about running out of ideas.
My aim for 2014 is to keep up the pace. On my plan 2014 has two novels scheduled to be written.
However, writing three – or two – novels in a year only adds to my Body Of Work on one condition: they must be published.
And that’s the first writing challenge I face in 2014.