I’m running behind.
In my “entity” as M.A. Lee, my current mystery The Hazard of Secrets was supposed to be finished on the last day of June. Here it is 25 days later, and I’m still not finished. I’m running behind.
When I look at the scenes that are necessary to finish the mystery and solve the crime and close the other threads, I think that word count is going to be closer to 70,000 than 65,000. Those extra words are part of the problem.
However, the main problem with running behind is TIME. Writers can’t find the time to catch up.
Throughout July and the tail end of June–the reason that I am running behind–I’ve only managed two days of creative writing each week. As I am looking ahead to the end of July, I see no time to write on Friday or Saturday or Sunday, and maybe a little time on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. This is the kind of thing that drives me crazy!
I’ve had tons of disruptions–and have used the time crowded around those disruptions (when the brain won’t settle to creativity) to work on revisions–and I have been contending with a back injury at the end of May. I just found out that the back injury is actually a broken rib. No wonder I’ve been hurting and not able to sleep the night through.
12th rib. A floating one. It’s the bottom-most rib. Right there at my liver. Yikes!
When I launch into a year, I have a plan, the Yearly Plan, of what I hope to accomplish. For most of my teaching career, I over-scheduled. That helps when you’re dealing with teen-agers: Idle hands and the devil’s workshop and all that.
Based on my plan at the start of the year, Me as M.A. Lee should be in the middle of my 11th Hearts in Hazard book, The Hazard for Spies. Well, no.
That plan also had me nearly finished with a writing craft book, Discovering Your Characters. I was supposed to be working slowly through that nonfiction book (5th in the Discovering / Think like a Pro Writer series). Nope. I have about 21,000 of an expected 35,000 guidebook. I know what needs to come next. I’ve got words roughed out, some merely sketched out, and the vaguest of ideas for the rest.
At the start of June I re-adjusted by Yearly Plan at the start of June. I knew I was running behind on HoSecrets; H4Spies should start around July 20. I knew I was running behind on DiscChar; I figured I would finish it around July 30.
That ain’t going to happen.
Yes, I said ain’t.
Now my whole Yearly Plan is thrown off. Gee whillikers.
Mysteries by M.A. Lee ~
Hazard for Spies, new deadline: October 15.
One of the things that I have wanted to do for this series is to turn them into real paperbacks. Holding the book (rather than the electronic device), flipping the pages, dipping in and out–that’s a reader’s true joy. So, converting the manuscripts to paperback is the plan for 2020.
As for the Rest of my Writing Year
Discovering Your Characters, new deadline: August 15 (half-a-month behind)
Fantasy ~ Me as Remi Black and Me as Edie Roones (Oooh, two for one).
These two novellas to finish the series will happen, even if it means the Writing Craft books are pushed back into 2020. That’s okay. I want to bundle all five of the Discovering / Think like a Pro Writer books as ebooks as well as put them into paperback form. The paperback form wasn’t going to be possible until 2020, so I’ll just combine those projects into one big focus.
2019 Becomes 2020
I need to finish the Isabella Into Death series with Portrait with Death. That’s M.A. Lee. Maybe it will happen in 2020, maybe not.
When I look at 2020, I see so much that I want to write already, and this is not even an official plan!