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The first post is for us to state our own writing plan. In other words, our goals. Not everyone will have a writing plan, and for those who have no idea what I'm talking about, here's mine:

1. Finish outline and plot guides by March 31
2. April -- August/September: complete first draft.
3. September -- November: re-write, complete second draft
4. Put it away for Christmas.
5. January & February: return with fresh eyes; line-by-line edit, complete third draft
6. March: final read-through/edit, complete fourth draft
7. April: write synopsis
8. May: prepare and send query letters; cross fingers and toes

So there you go. The plan isn't set in stone -- who knows what RL will throw at me? But I feel confident that a year is a good amount of time to spend on my first novel, so here's hoping. :) Now let's see yours!

At the end of each month I will be making a post for the people who planned to have their first draft complete by that time. We'll see how you're all doing. :D

I'd also like to use this post to introduce myself...

I'm English, living in Ireland, and this will be my first novel. I've spent a lot of time in various fandoms, and fanfic helped me learn how to write. As I said in the profile, I woke up one morning with a strong desire to write a novel. By the time I made it to the bathroom, I had a half-formed plot developing in my head. Yay!

I'm writing the first of a three-part series, and it's Urban Fantasy.

Your turn! Leave your writing plan and introduction in a comment. Tell me everything.

From: phoquess
2008-03-24 04:26 pm (UTC)
All right, cool. This seems like a neat comm idea and it fits me to a tee. I shall introduce myself: I am a high school senior living in Arizona, working on my first workable story. I've written lots and lots of original fiction, but I recognize that most of it is crap, hopefully unlike my current project. My current project is sci-fi and fantasy, and is a rather monstrous beast with a massive cast and indistinct storyline, told untraditionally. (Screw chrononlogical order!) I created the story idea with one of my best friends, who has a major part in the creation but isn't actually doing much work toward the novel, so I'm debating whether her name gets to go on the final project.

My writing plan: finish a full first draft by Christmas. (Hopefully sooner, but I'm not very disciplined, so I'm being generous.) The plan shall be added to once I'm past step one. A great deal of the story has already been written, but just bits and parts I can't attach to the master manuscript yet. Woo!

Again, cool comm.
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From: pai1
2008-03-24 08:01 pm (UTC)
Brilliant! I've always admired people who can create big, elaborate stories. I just don't have the imagination for it, lol. Although I have been toying with the idea of doing an alternate universe fantasy thingy some point in the future. I dunno. See how it goes once I'm done with this series. :D

And why am I talking about me? I'm supposed to be thanking you for joining. :/ So, yes, thanks for joining, lol. Good to have you around. :)
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From: phoquess
2008-03-24 11:44 pm (UTC)
This particular story is my biggest and most elaborate... often my problem is that my imagination fills in too many details and I forget to write them down, so my writing tends to be both concise and sparse (too sparse!) But writing it down at all is the important thing. ^.^
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[User Picture]From: karen_cat_7
2008-03-24 05:43 pm (UTC)
this is GREAT!!! please count me totally in!!! i am at work right now so i have to keep this post short but i will give a more complete post later today. this kind of timeline would help me out tremendously as i am working on a novel and need to keep to a plan to finally get it finished. please add me as a friend!!
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From: pai1
2008-03-24 07:34 pm (UTC)
Yay! Great to have you. :)

There's no point me friending you, as the only reason I'm using this username is to post here. All you need to do is join and friend this community, and you won't miss a thing. D
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[User Picture]From: mystik_serena
2008-03-24 06:28 pm (UTC)
My plan for the year: Finish the long term short story I've been working on by April 1, 2008. I speed write novellas, without any previous planning.

Starting in April, just start writing the first draft of a novel I haven't thought out yet (I might just expand the short story I'm working on now). I should finish by the middle of May if my roommate gives me my time alone. In May or June, I'll make the first (already nearly illegible handwritten) draft illegible with notes and "Shit, needs moar plot, less smut." (Or moar plot and smut >.>). Take a break in June, start rewriting in August or so. Then, keep rewriting.

I'm originally from Texas, but now I'm in Michigan, and I've completed two novellas. Well. Sorta. I've written the whole story, but they both need to be extensively revised. I plan on being published, but I'm not entirely sure if the stories are even marketable.
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[User Picture]From: twistedprince
2008-03-24 07:04 pm (UTC)
Yikes! By the 31st? Mweeeep. Time to get crackin'! This sci-fi world isn't going to make itself. :)

My name is Erin, I'm 21 and I live in Florida. I'm trying to write a futuristic Sci-Fi that involves nuclear warheads, romance, revolutions and hot Russian men who grew up in a new-age mafiya. :) Also, I am Irish, but unfortunetly, only one of my minor characters is. :( The main girl is French with some other European mixes, the love interest/almost antagonist is Russian and it just gets... more fun from there.


Let's keep on schedule. @___@
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From: pai1
2008-03-24 07:32 pm (UTC)
No, no, that's MY writing plan to keep me on schedule. Everyone has their own goals. Of course, you're more than welcome to follow my plan if you like. The more going along for the ride with me, the better. :D

And thanks for joining! We're going to have fun. *\o/*
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[User Picture]From: twistedprince
2008-03-24 08:16 pm (UTC)
OH! As you can see, my comprehension is not the best. ^_~ I may try to keep up with you, though! Tough as that might be.

We will indeed! ROO ROO ROOOOOO!
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From: phantomsangels2
2008-03-24 10:15 pm (UTC)
Hey! I'm 16 years old from California, and have always been a big reader. I've written bits and pieces of original fiction, and plenty of fanfiction. A few months ago I decided to try writing something that can actually be published (as fun as fanfiction can be, it's slightly illegal to make money off it, lol). So right now, i'm in the middle of an romantic comedy YA novel.

My plan is to finish my novel by June. Hopefully I can manage that, since I have so much stuff going on during the week, so my weekends are my only writing time. Thank God for spring break! ^_^
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[User Picture]From: kujirai
2008-03-24 11:19 pm (UTC)
This is a great idea! I NEED a community like this to make sure I keep writting, since I grow slack over time and not much gets done. That said, the fantasy novel that I'm writing has an incredibly huge and wide plot; and it's so different from normal fantasy that I haven't even comprehended the end of the book yet; since so many loose ends need to be tied up.

Anyway! My Plan:

1: Finish a basic first draft (of first book) by Decemeber 2008.
2: Re-read and Edit by March 2009.
3: Leave it for 3 months; starts plans for second book. No solid writing.
4. Go back in June and edit first book again.
5. Refine.
6. Finish a basic first draft (of the second book) by February 2010.

Oh wow that's such a long time. But in all seriousness, I think it will take that long. There is another book or two after them as well (=__=)


I'm from Australia, living in the southern region. I've been a writer for as long as I can remember; always writing small stories in notebooks as a kid. I like Martial Arts, Kendo, Tennis and various Japanese things. One day I'm going to move to Japan to teach English. That's my goal. I'm also obsessed with my DS and PS3 (>__>)....

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[User Picture]From: jediknightmuse
2008-03-25 05:11 am (UTC)
'Nother intro!

Online, I'm Danielle or Danny. I'm twenty-two, and I technically go to a community college in Connecticut, but I took this semester off. I've been writing for a long time, first with Star Wars fan fiction and then fantasy. I have hundreds of notebooks that I've saved with stories I've started but never finished and probably some outlines here and there...I wish I had thought to keep them more organized, though.

Right now I'm working on what I think will finally be my first finished draft (...that wasn't a total piece of clich'ed crap- I wrote a Star Wars story once that was 400 pages long but it was basically just the same plots over and over...and the spelling mistakes...-shudder-). It's a fantasy story, with a small amount of sci-fi (involving the moon and eventually the sky).

Outside of writing, I work at a grocery store that I actually enjoy doing so, and...I watch movies a fair amount of time. Otherwise, I run a crapload of message boards and communities and sit in front of the computer a lot. I also like to make icons.

And now on to my plan:

1. Finish this draft- am currently on chapter four, so I should be done with this draft by the sixth chapter. I have very few ideas for it right now, so that's why it's so short.

2. Rejoice! I will have finally finished a draft! I will eat lots of candy to make myself hyper and probably just announce it to the Internet world (aka my journal and a few other places), and maybe some relatives, that I have finished a story.

3. Go back and edit it to death.

4. Come up with more ideas for it while also working on outlining book two.

5. Eventually start rewriting it- maybe in time for NaNo. Either that, or I'll use book two for NaNo, depending on how things go.

That's pretty much it, I guess. o.O

And yes, I would love to get something published, but I really don't want to think about that until I know that THIS story is the one I really want to work on and write, and then maybe I'll have it be the first thing I attempt to get published.
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[User Picture]From: arielavader
2008-03-25 08:17 pm (UTC)
Hi, just joined here, looks like fun. Here's my goal:

1. Finish crappy first draft of short I'm currently working on by April 30 - I only have about 20,000 words to go more or less.

2. Edit and have "readable" second draft done by August 30.

3. Take a break in September.

4. Third draft done by early 2009.

5. Line Edit, writing query letter, find an agent, etc. by June.

We'll see how it goes. As for me, I've been writing original ficition since I was little, and I've had one short story published in an anthology and another published years ago in a webzine. I write fantasy mostly, and am trying my hand in all sorts - the above plan is for a darker fantasy/adventure type novel. I also have several other novels and ideas floating around. I'm from Cincinnati, Ohio. :)

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[User Picture]From: arielavader
2008-03-26 06:00 am (UTC)
Silly me.... 1. above says "finish crappy first draft of short" Short should read "novel." Not sure what happened there. Brain stopped working for a moment, I guess.
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[User Picture]From: androbard1364
2008-03-26 09:54 pm (UTC)
Great community idea! Right now I'm working my first big original fiction story, a fantasy/RPG type story set in Ancient Greece. My plan for now is to rewrite the first eight chapters by the end of April and then finish the book by the middle of summer. Then I will try and focus on some fanfiction I never finished.
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[User Picture]From: androbard1364
2008-03-26 10:56 pm (UTC)
lol, i forgot to introduce myself! I am a sophmore in high school, and I plan to be a proffesional writer someday, mainly writing and publishing fantasy and sci-fi fiction, but I might delve into romance now and again. I originally started writing in elementary school, drabbles and short stories mostly. I love to read and gain new writing skills from other authors and turn their styles into my own. Fanfiction is how I honed my skills in writing, and I have quite a lot of it(at least for a high-school student) over at FanFiction.net. I mostly write Xena fanfiction, but I hope to move out of my comfort zone and write for other fandoms. I really can't wait for this comm to get a full start, it sounds really useful, and if I take at least one thing from it, I will be satisified. :) You can call me Andro by the way.
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[User Picture]From: franzeska
2008-04-25 03:00 am (UTC)
Interesting community concept! I was just thinking I'd like to write a novel the other day. Personally, I find time deadlines less important than coherent project steps. I can't just sit down and write: I need structure.
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[User Picture]From: franzeska
2008-04-25 03:05 am (UTC)
Oh, and I totally didn't say what my plan was, did I? Oops. I'm on step 5 of the Snowflake Method, about to move on to step 6. I'm combining it with some of Jim Butcher's advice from his lj. The combination of those two sets of writing advice has made me want to actually put pen to paper. They're very results-oriented compared to a lot of what I've seen.
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