I somehow have ended up with some actual creative plans for the month of March!
- Write 31,000 words.
- Do my morning pages every day.
- Restart The Artist’s Way (I’m doing this in a buddy system with a friend).
- Finish — or come close to finishing — a Dragon Age 2 fanfic I’ve had hanging around for far too long. The goal is to have it finished by 04/30/18, so I can spend the summer working on original fiction.
It doesn’t sound like a lot once it’s written down, but I know from experience that TAW is a big commitment, time-wise and emotionally. I won’t start till Sunday, officially (there’s just something nice and symmetrical about starting at the beginning of the week), so I have a bit of time to prepare.
One benefit of doing TAW in the past is I’m now aware of how important it is, as a writer, to keep reading extensively and constantly. I’ve dealt with horrible, exhausting levels of writers’ block in the past, and a lot of the time, it’s because I haven’t been reading, and so my well of creative energy has run dry. Sometimes I’m just tired, and need to take a break, but I’ve found ever since I read more constantly (rather than in big chunks!), I haven’t had to take such long breaks from writing.
My reading plans for March 2018 look like this:
- Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel: I’ll probably finish this today, since I’m at 88% as of this morning. I adore this series, and the meta-narrative aspects are so well done. It dovetails nicely with Horizon Zero Dawn, which might be my favorite video game ever. I can’t wait for the third book!
- A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab: I read the first book in this series last year, and have kept meaning to get back to it.
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
- After Atlas by Emma Newman
- Embers of War by Gareth Powell
- The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
That should get me through the month, if I don’t get distracted and want to gobble up all the other books that cross my path. What can I say? I’m weak!