April was a month of change for me, with a lot of things coming to an end. My mentorship program through ACI Manitoba finished, I had the last day of my first full-time job out of university, and I managed to shake the funk that’s been following me around all winter.
Of course, along with a lot of change comes the inevitable ruin of my writing routine. In the interest of getting back on track this month, here are my goals for May:
- Write more blog posts! I’ve been short on time and energy to put into this, and unfortunately it’s been getting pushed aside a lot for other commitments. I’m thinking a content calendar would be helpful for making sure I post on time.
- Do my first interview for the blog. I really enjoyed interviewing Tyler Enfield for an article in Prairie Books Now (link coming soon!). I’d like to do more interviews with spec fic writers in a similar style, then post them on here.
- Finish the outline for my novel-in-progress and start draft #2. I’m so close to finishing my outline for “The Lens” (working title, deliberately not creative in the slightest), but I lost steam on it last month. I expect I’ll talk about the process I’ve been using to create the outline in a future post, but it’s been a pretty big learning curve. I would also like to hit about 5-10,000 words on the second draft.
- Re-establish self-care routines. My mental health really took a toll on my writing routines this winter, so I need to refocus on making sure I’m doing the things I need to do to make sure I have the energy to be creative and to stick to a routine to get writing done.
That should be enough to keep me plenty busy over the next few weeks – what do you want to accomplish this month?
Laura McKay is a speculative fiction writer whose work leaves you wondering and your mind wandering. Inspired by the Dresden Files, her current work-in-progress brings fast-paced, thought-provoking mystery and magic to the streets of Winnipeg.
Laura is also an Assistant Editor at Portage & Main Press and freelances on various writing and editing projects.