Happy New Year to you all, and I wonder how your own writing year has started?
This evening, I have just bashed out a 2,400 article for Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine, which I’m sure my friends Guy Bowers and Jasper Oorthuys will be happy to hear! It just needs to sit in a drawer for a couple of days for me to add the final polish. Yesterday, I wrote 1,500 words for Wargames Illustrated. Tomorrow, I have another 1,500 word piece for WI to write.
This just proves that if you have a word count target and a deadline hovering over you, and assuming you have a pretty good idea of what you want to write, it can work wonders for your productivity. Mind you, if you tried to get me to write these pieces mid-month with a couple of weeks until they were needed? Nah!
No wonder so many writers now use Scrivener when writing long-form fiction or non-fiction, as you can set your own goals and measure progress on a daily and/or session-by-session basis, which is really useful for getting that first draft done.
Oh, and the novel? Fear not: despite a challenging end to 2016, I’ve carried on chipping away, even if only a few paragraphs at a time. It’s actually been very therapeutic. And now the word-count stands at 20,059, which is almost getting respectable. (Incidentally, you can listen to my writing soundtrack on Spotify here.)
So my plans for 2017 include getting the first novel finished and published, getting well into the next in the series and finishing Wargaming Campaigns for Pen & Sword. I also intend to get at least one other non-fiction project written and published, together with my first online course, and I have my regular writing gigs for the two hobby magazines, which look set to keep me busy around the turn of every month for a long time.
How about you? What creative goals are you setting yourself for the coming year?