COACHING RULE ONE: Use the Smart Goal format. Specific, measurable, action based, realistic, time framed.
COACHING RULE TWO: Put it in writing, use positives, share, update sharing.
November is write your novel month. Not joining the crowd trying to write a new novel, but reading the rules of that game, moved me out of a stuck place with my Meredyth and Merlin Novel writing effort. How? By defining a novel as 50.000 words.
The problem that solved for me was putting me back on track with my central story–Merlin’s involvement with a young woman who comes to him to bring about the birth of baby before it can live outside her womb.
As many writer’s know, characters often take on their own life. Well, my Merlin wanted you to know how he came to be an impotent old man ready to let his Life Force ooze away because his destiny seemed only to fail at trying to make the world a bit better. That my friends is a long story. Hopefully, my brain will hold together so I can publish it as two or three as prequels to Meredyth and Merlin. But I am back on track with the original story. So here is my current Smart Goal.
Specific: Meredyth and Merlin will be published on March 21, 2012. My 75th birthday. I will publish it electronically.
- One half hour each day writing.
- First draft finished by November 30th. Give to David and one other I trust to keep me moving forward for feedback
- Polish the stone through January. As many of you know I am learning disabled and need to write and re-write before even considering asking a professional to edit it.
- February–get it professionally edited; find the right cover.
- March–get it formatted for Smash Words, start initial publicity campaign.
- March 21st publish it.
Action Oriented : The above steps are my action steps
Realistic: I think so, will see.
Time framed: Set out above.
Second rule completed. Will update at the end of every month until you are invited to a blog party celebrating its publication.
By the way, it is a novel that is definitely for mature audiences only. Lots of steamy sex. I rant against the destruction of the Joy of Sex particularly women’s sexual pleasures by Saul of Tarsus aka St. Paul and his “Better wed than burn” ideology. Of course, men had long war on women’s sexuality; a war that began when men realized putting their penis in a woman’s vagina had something to do with the resulting baby’s resemblance to one or another male. Turned women and children into property and men into the making of various psychological chastity belts. Addresses the abortion issue with some of the sensibilities of the Right to Life movement, but comes down on the Right to Choose side. The Catholic Church will ban it, probably many other fundamental groups also, the Islamists may issue a Fatah although the story occurs before Mohammed’s time. Witches, wizards, pagans will find much to enjoy although my Merlin does not believe in magic. Magic works on his life, however.
On to writing the novel.