Raise Your Standards: Chris Fox

My goals for this year are to return to my pre-burnout writing routine. I’ve lost so much time since this time last year. I wonder with regret at how much I could have achieved. Maybe I could have so many drafts completed, maybe a few more stories ready for publication. But I can’t go back in time. I can only move forward with intention.

General update for my other books

I’ve gone and gotten shiny new idea syndrome and have begun a new book, but what about my other ones?

Beautiful-African-Woman-174795229_2560x3835_preview4largeSave One is mostly completed. Need a few more light drafts and it should be ready. I’ve just grown tired of it atm so I’m giving it some space.

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The Things We Do has been submitted to Tor.com as part of a sci-fi novella submission. Practically ready for release, but will have to wait to see if accepted by these guys.

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Jumpstart is also mostly done. I’m also fatigued by it and have started and stalled on the sequel Tune In. I want that story done before thinking of releasing this as part of the marketing strategy for the series.

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Beyond Calico has stalled. The first draft is not completed, but I have a rough outline of the story and need to write it up sometime.

The Chloris and the Electra has not been touched in over six months and I’m not sure when I’ll go back to it. I enjoyed writing what I have and will finish it. But I think it’s only 60% through the first draft. I think I have an idea of how it ends, but that’s flexible.

Overall I intend for the book I’m writing now to be done by the end of June. Then I might move onto another of the others I haven’t finished and try to maximise my time. I’m still heading towards my goal of 10 self-published stories by my 30th birthday, so I’m not slowing down. I’m hoping to have some stories out by the end of the year so I have that to look forward to.

 

I don’t have time . . .

When do you have time?

Everyone has the same 24 hours. You just can’t manage it as well as others.

Last year was my most productive writing phase of my life. I think I literally had ten plus story ideas come to me.And I’ve managed to record them in various degrees from completed first drafts to merely dot points.

There is this excuse that people say, ‘If I had the time I’d write a book.’

Pfft. You have the time you’re just negligent about it.

Look at me, I worked full time and did split shifts and still managed to use the time I had to create various drafts of stories that one day will see the light of day. If you really want to write that book or do something else, there is nothing in the world that will stop you.

Goals for 2018

See these three books? I had it in my head that I would have these out by the beginning of 2018. It’s not going to happen. Instead, I’m going to have them out within the first quarter of next year. I will get them out.

My next resolution is to have any two more of my incompleted stories done to the first draft stage. Maybe have the sequel to Jumpstart planned out a little bit more.

I also want to get my blog up to 400 subscribers. I’m not too sure how I’ll do that, but the 20 days of blog posts really did bring in more traffic.

So that is a rough outline of what I plan on doing during for the year of 2018.

Are you really a writer if you’ve never done a NaNoWriMo?

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Despite taking my writing career seriously I have never participated in NaNoWriMo . . . ever.

I’ve signed up to the website, but that was years ago. I don’t exactly know why, but I suspect that in earlier years I didn’t have the courage the try something and then fail it. Or maybe that I hadn’t worked out how to plan and maximise my time. I’m still a bit disorganized.

Nowadays I don’t think I need to be prompted to write my stories like this. I’m mostly capable of sitting down and pushing myself to vomit out that sea of text. I mean I should be disciplined enough by now.

My greatest writing achievement (besides self-publishing and completing a creative writing degree) is that I wrote about 115,000 words in 57 days (that book is still on the backburner). I didn’t need NaNoWriMo to prompt me. It was the urge of a new bitching story that brought me in.

So will I fail to start it next year? Most likely.