It’s that day–you know the one where everyone writes out a list of “resolutions” for the year? Yeah. That one. It’s also the countdown to failure for a lot of people. I like to call my so-called “resolutions” something else. “Goals.” It just sounds more honest to me. I mean, I can resolve to lose 100 lbs in 2015, but the fact is, I can’t control ALL of that. Particularly if I only weigh 150 now! (Don’t I wish). Anyway, my point being, I tend to be a goal setter–and minimal at that. I like to make big plans but deep in my heart, I usually know I won’t achieve all of them–or even most. But I do it because it’s fun and because it gives me a general direction to go.
This year, however, I have a CRAZY goal. Seriously nut-job crazy. So, in an attempt at honesty, I’m calling it my “2015 Writing Dream.”
To prepare myself, I did the math, stared at the results, and it answered my first question which was, “Is it even POSSIBLE?” Yeah. It is.
The next question was a little harder for me. “Is it likely?” Frankly, my answer surprised me. I don’t know. You see, I keep wanting to say no–as if it’s giving me some kind of out. But you know what? I think I really can do it.
But one more question burned inside me. “But will you do it?” You know what? I don’t know that either. You see, it really does boil down to one simple truth. I have to make it a priority, quit dinking around with time-wasters, and actually WORK. (shocker, right?)
So, what is this crazy dream of mine?
I want to write a book a month in 2015.
Yeah. I told you. Nuts. Now before we get too far into this lofty
goal dream of mine, I want to make something VERY clear. I’m not talking about publishing a dozen books in 2015. I’m not even talking about having a dozen–or even half a dozen–polished manuscripts at the end of 2015. I’m talking about one dozen, bona fide rough drafts. That’s it. Whether any of them are ever published will be entirely up to time, Ashley, my editors, Ashley, if they’re worth publishing at all, Ashley… you get the picture.
The real problem for me is that I have other writing commitments. Well, one. Just one. But it’s a big one. It has a pretty name. HearthLand. If I didn’t have weekly episodes to keep up on, I could absolutely, without a doubt, pull this off. But instead of needing 3600 words a day to make it work (5 days a week x 5 weeks a month approximately / 90k words), I actually need a minimum of about 6100 words a day. That’s nearly double. It’s about 3.5 hours of concentrated writing per day. That kind of freaked me out until… are you ready for it?
My kids are usually all in bed by 1-2 a.m. during the school year (weekends excepted–you know, those days I’m not counting on writing at all?). I go to bed between 4 and 5 a.m. usually. That’s 2.5-3.5 hours per day right there.
I can DO this thing!
Without stress, without taxing myself, without being as crazy and insane as it feels like I am for even considering it.
So, with that thought in mind, I made a list. Now I need to share something about this list before I post it. Some of these books are already well in progress. A few are starting from scratch, yes. But others are 1/4-1/2 done already. So that right there will make a big difference. Add to it weekends to catch up if I get way behind or if I travel somewhere and voila! So… the projected list of books for 2015 are as follows:
January: Crushed Dreams (Legacy of the Vines #2)
February: Highlands (Journey of Dreams #2)
March: Webster’s Bakery
April: Marriage of Conscience (Previously mentioned as “Bentley)
May: Will Not See (Sight Unseen #2)
June: The Course (One I’ve been working on now and then for a year or two)
July: Carol and the Belles (October release)
August: A Forgotten Truth (The Agency Files #4)
September: Ante Up! (Aggie’s Inheritance # 4–November Release)
November: Sweet on You (Meddlin’ Madeline #1)
December: Jack (Ballads from the Hearth #1–This is a series of stories based upon ballads my father sang as a child. This first one was inspired by “Cowboy Jack.”)
Now wouldn’t it be totally cool if somehow I could get enough ahead that December’s book was done by Thanksgiving? (Because 12 books in 12 months, and at least 6 other volumes isn’t enough right?)
Note: These are also subject to change at Ashley’s will.
My question to you: Do you think I can do it?