This month’s question: What steps have you taken to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?
For the past few years I’ve managed to keep a schedule of some kind for blogging. This year, since I desire to convert a screenplay into a novel, I feel I need to set up a schedule for that as well. Just figuring out the how part.
I joined a Facebook group, Finish Your Novel, a project really that’s dedicated to doing just that-finishing a novel. It’s my hope that this group will help keep me accountable and moving forward throughout the year with my book. I’ve been a writer for a number of years with short works published; I’m ready to take the next leap to being a published author.
I think about setting aside three days each week to devote solely to writing the first draft. Will probably do it chapter by chapter. The challenge will be how to best incorporate the flash-back scenes since they will take place throughout the novel. Also to keep me going forward, I plan to set a daily (or maybe a weekly one instead) word count goal that I can track via Word as well as a spreadsheet.
Now, the next question is–should I start by planning out the book (character development, outlining the story line/subplots, etc.) or just jump right in and start rewriting the story from the screenplay?