This morning before I tackled my works in progress (currently working on a novel and a short story), I started building my content calendar for the year.
Because I’m the type of writer who gets several ideas about a certain subject all at once, I’m currently keeping track of ideas on a spreadsheet. For example, I’ve wanted to publish a short story collection of my winter holiday short stories for years. Instead of keeping it in my head, I threw it on a different sheet of the same file I use for my newsletter content calendar.
It isn’t fancy. It’s just a place that I touch every day. I see what’s interesting, what spots are empty. It gives the project space to breathe. My current goal is to include 15 stories in the collection. From what I can put my hands on, I have 7 stories right now that can go in the collection – 6 published and 1 unpublished. That means, I need to write an additional 8 short stories.
I also have 2 holiday short stories on submission. If they get rejected, that means 2 more stories for the collection. So, the collection will go from 15 to 17 stories.
The author Sarah Addison Allen writes a short story advent calendar for social media that I love. I want to do something like that, too. Short snippets limited to stories that can fit on an Instagram graphic. That idea has its own spreadsheet.
I’m a builder. It’s the same way with my novels, it turns out. I cringe at thinking through every plot point before writing the first sentence, but the tools of a plotter are extremely helpful for keeping track of specific story elments. For example, when the character gives a bit of their back story, I can copy that sentence and throw it on a worksheet that I can refer back to.
Today’s the first day of yoga class. It’s a good way of figuring out how to adjust my writing schedule when 2nd quarter rolls around and I’m training for the Peachtree Road Race 10k.
I also really need to start playing with a way of inventorying my stories. Spreadsheet? Database? Hmm… With this challenge, it’s going to be more important than ever to organize my work.
As of Day 7 – 1/7/24
# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/Ultimate Word Goal