A new year…a new focus…

Already another year and I’m ready to get started.  It’s a little unsettling how time flies.  I’ve been looking through my “idea” file and shaking my head at the dates and how long it’s been since I’ve actually be engaged in writing.  But 2015 is going to be the year that I get back on that horse.  Whether I get a completed manuscript, a rough draft, or just more ideas to add to the file, it will be progress which is more important to me right now.

Ideas aren’t really a problem; at least not according to my file.  It could be a couple of pages, a couple of paragraphs, a snip of dialogue, or just one word.  It’s all grist for the mill; mix it all together, throw in a little salt and pepper, and it’s soup!  The problem, as I see it, is pulling those ideas together into a cohesive narrative that can be sustained for 100,000 to 120,000 words and staying within a reasonable budget.  A novel has a budget, just like a film, and it’s very important to stay within that budget.  My ideas tend to grow in scope; I overthink things and lose focus.  The budget blown on the backstory alone.

So that’s where we begin.  Very tight focus and stay within the story budget.  No words written yet, but plans afoot and a clear direction forward.


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