Current Writing Plans — 2023

I know I already talked about my writing goals for 2023—over here—but this time I want to talk about my actual planned schedule for 2023. Will I follow this perfectly? Maybe not. But here’s the rough plans I’ve made. Accountability and all of that. I’ll check back in sometime in the summer to see how I’ve been doing.

JANUARY — MARCH

From now until March 1st, I am working on completing my novel, A Sharper, More Lasting Pain. The good news is it’s already halfway done, thereabouts. I’ve already plugged into my calendar when I hope to have each chapter done by, so it’s time to knuckle down.

I will also begin posting the draft to Wattpad to get initial thoughts and impressions. This will be a limited release, as the book will be pulled shortly after its been uploaded in its entirety to the website, but with one update a week I am projected to be finished with posting the novel come the 17th of May, though I may accelerate the timeline. If you’re interested in reading along, you can see the author’s note here. I may also post to Royal Road, just to get more engagement.

In the midst of all of this, I also have NYC Midnight to think about, which starts January 20th. I am hoping to have a fair chunk of my work for ASMLP done before this.

MARCH

March will be for letting ASMLP stew some before I start doing a light revision. I already have some things I would like to fix, so I’m hoping I will have the chance to do so in this time. I also aim to take another stab at my novella, Before the Moon Sets. I have some revisions I would like to make, and then I want to finally finish it. At the end of this, I want to put out a first call for beta readers for ASMLP.

APRIL — JUNE

This stretch of time will be devoted to finish searching for beta readers and to get the work into their hands. Alongside the serial readers on Wattpad and (potentially) Royal Road, I hope to have a beta team put together. While the serial readers and beta team will be reading different drafts, they’ll be reading the same book in principle and any feedback provided either way I hope will be actionable.

JUNE — JULY

By this point I should have enough feedback on my hands to start another round of revisions. This should be faster than the round in March if all goes to plan. During this time, I will also be researching editors to find one suitable for my needs.

AUGUST — SEPTEMBER

Gods willing, I will be using this time to work with an editor and put their feedback to use. I also will be looking into acquiring ARC readers at this time

SEPTEMBER

Provided I can get edits done fast enough, I want to take time in September to finish formatting ASMLP and finalize looking for ARC readers. I also in my spare time would like to look for beta readers for BTMS.

OCTOBER

I’m getting married this month, so anything planned will have to happen after that. I would like to use October, that in mind, to finalize everything for ASMLP and prepare it for a November release. I also would like to finalize a beta reading team for BTMS.

NOVEMBER — DECEMBER

I would like to round out this year with ASMLP being published. Currently, I have a tentative date set in November, but that requires everything to run exactly as planned. I am prepared to delay its release until spring of 2024. That said, no matter what I should be at least close to having ASMLP ready for the world by then. In that case, I will be switching gears to BTMS.

I will take some time looking for a cover designer for BTMS, as well as taking feedback from my betas and applying them to the novella. I would like to have this finished by the end of 2023 so that I may take the steps to publish it in 2024.

I could also reverse things and try to publish BTMS first, but I’m not sold on that yet.

IN CLOSING,

I have plenty planned for 2023 and it’s shaping up to be a very busy year. I wouldn’t have it any other way, honestly. Wish me luck!

Author: draconako

Alex is a queer writer, game-maker, and mountain of incomprehensible goo living in the Pacific Northwest. When they aren’t being paid to manage insurance accounts, they’re researching whatever interests them, reading from their arsenal of books, playing video games, or spending time with their partner. They can be reached at @draconako on most of the internet or at authoralexharvey@gmail.com

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