I’m currently making my way through Justin Kleon’s books Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work. Both are so inspirational and I highly recommend them for anyone in any sort of creative discipline. Anyway, in the later he talks about sharing your process with others, letting your fans peek behind the creative curtain, so to speak. That’s always been one of my aims for this blog, so I thought I’d give you a little insight into what I’ve been doing to get my next book into motion:
- In the last 2.5 months, I’ve read 15 research books cover to cover and written countless pages of notes.
- Those notes have become my very detailed 25-page, 15,000 word outline.
- Which I will turn into a 90-100K book over the next 2-3 months. I’m aiming to write about 1,000 words a day.
- Then I will let it rest for a few weeks, edit it several times and then let my lovely crew of beta readers beat it up.
- If all goes well, it will be on submission by late spring.
No pressure, right?
I should also have a new book review up on Historical Honey soon as well as an article on the Historical Novel Society’s site. Will send links when they are up. In November, I’ll be reviewing Robin LaFevers’ Mortal Heart for Sirens (by the way, my next book is a perfect fit for the 2015 conference theme of rebels and rebellion, so you’ll probably see me speaking there), and in December I’ll have two reviews for ebooksforreview.com, my latest book reviewing venture.
So if you’ve been wondering why I’ve been a little scattered and not quite as consistent with my blogging lately, this is why. (Remember, I don’t write full-time, yet!) Plenty more news to come and I’ll try to give you a real blog post next Monday. Love to all!
PS – I kind of want to create a new blog category for Do All The Things, since I seem to always be doing all the things.