As you know, I have to send in a packet each month to my faculty advisor containing 20 pages of new writing, 20 pages of revision, 2 critical essays, and an annotated bibliography of at least 10 books. Well, I wanted to try as many new things as possible this semester, so my plan is to do something different with each packet. Packet 1 was all about picture books. I read 23 (?) of them, my essays were on topics surrounding them, and I wrote 7 of them (some better than others!).
Packet 2 was all about Middle Grade novels. I read 20 of them, my essays involved them, I wrote 20 pages of a new MG novel, and revised my completed MG novel.
For my third packet, I'll be working on a new YA and revising PBs.
The 4th packet will be sci-fi/horror/fantasy.
And the 5th will be creative non-fiction/historical fiction.
So by the end of the semester, I'll have one completed and revised MG, 3 completed and revised PBs, and the beginnings of a YA, a MG, a Sci-fi or horror YA/MG novel, and a creative non-fiction or historical fiction YA/MG novel. Then next semester I can focus in a little more on the things I enjoyed most. I'd love to have all of those beginnings completed by graduation, at least in first drafts.
That's my plan. I know-rainman.
What are you rainman-ish about? Do you ever get anal about your writing life? Or are you free and spontaneous?