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Accountability Monday (and a picture that even Instagram's filters can't improve!): I'm finishing the latest round of edits on my WIP and want to have it done before I go hang out with my romance peeps at @romancewriters annual conference. Ergo – editorial calendar! #amediting #accountability #calendar #writerslifeforme #writinglife #booksdonoteditthemselves
The picture is fairly self-explanatory, but the gist is that I’m going to Denver on July 18th. I want to have the latest round of Dragonfly edits done by then (with time to go back and read through the MS in its entirety so I can make sure that there are some plot points that are gelling / arc-ing well). And since you have to plan your work and work your plan, I tore out a couple pages from one of my calendars and split up the 14 remaining chapters over the next three weeks.
Is this possible? Absolutely. One challenge is that my dear friend and co-worker is going on vacation during this timeframe and that I’ll be taking on some of her workload while she’s gone. The other challenge is life itself … me sketching out a plan seems to cue my children that it’s time to start vomiting and acquire sleep-shattering ear infections, but … plan your work, work your plan. Books don’t edit themselves and I can’t dream of publication unless I’m willing to put in the work.
Incidentally, I’m going to be attending the Romance Writers of America annual conference from July 18th to the 21st. If you’re in Denver and attending the conference, I’d love to meet up with you! I’ll be the bespectacled mystery writer belting out “Rocky Mountain High” in the hotel bar.