Trying a new path: writing
I had a lot of time on my hands this January (layoff). Luckily I’ve been busy interviewing and some opportunities look promising. While I’m looking for new opportunities I’ve started working on a project that’s been in the back of my mind for some time.
The project is a primer on regulatory affairs and drug development, with a focus on small molecules. My goal is to self publish an ebook and maybe a paperback on Amazon around October – December 2019.
I also have a goal of writing one short story for each month of 2019. The short stories don’t have to be complete or final. I don’t think anything that is written can be completed, only brought to a point considered “final” draft. So, I’m going to write one story per month and let them sit for a few weeks before I go back and edit them. It’ll be like circuit training of editing and writing. Then I might try submitting them for publication. I can see 2020 playing out the same way but that’s getting too far ahead of myself.
Started with Word and Google Docs. Transitioned to a downloaded Scrivener free trial. I like it so far though there are so many things it can do that I haven’t discovered.
Overall, I think I’ll work with Scrivener for Mac.
The book will be around eight chapters. I don’t have word goals for each chapter because I’m focusing on quality over quantity, especially when I’m trying to keep things simple.
I have a habit of editing as I write. I’m working on breaking this habit, with some I’m working on an overall draft of all chapters before I edit each chapter. I like how Scrivener allows me to swap chapter locations to improve content flow.
I have found myself slipping into an editing mode when I find things that are out of place. This takes away from my writing flow and something I need to work on.
As mentioned above, my goal is to publish no later than December 2019 though I am willing to go into 2020 if I think quality can be improved.
January writing stats
- Chapters in-progress: 5 out of 10 planned
- Chapters completed: 0
- Words added in January: 14,769
- Total Words: 14,769
- Shorts designated as draft: 2
- Total Words: 4718
- The Code: 248
- A Silence in the Heavens: 4470
I’m looking forward to seeing how my writing goals play out this year and if I can balance work, life, and writing.
Let me know if you have recommendations or ideas based on your experiences, I welcome ideas based on experience.