Friday, December 28, 2012
Join me for the Jan Plan
The brainchild of the lovely Christa Desir, The Jan Plan is a concerted effort to finish off a project that has been hanging over you for a while.
According to Christa's blog: "The Jan Plan will involve committing to finish one project. One. However you define 'finish'. Just doing what you have to do to get one project out of your unfinished knitting basket."
I love this idea because I have been wanting to dedicate some real time to writing since summer, but when school is in session, this just isn't possible for me. NaNo is never an option because it's a crazy busy time in the semester.
When I'm teaching, I squeeze in an afternoon here, or a weekend there... but not nearly enough time to really finish a project. I do like it, though, because it gives me time to mull over plots and make cool connections within my work. In January I have a small break of a few weeks where I am working from home but the boys are in school. Perfect for the Jan Plan.
So, what will I do for MY Jan Plan? Two things, actually. (I'm bending the rules already)
1. I need to work through my current MS, MINA TAKES THE SKY to make a few changes that I've been thinking about for months. I just want to take it up a notch, which will require at least two intense read-throughs with editing.
2. I want to re-work my first book, STUNG, the MG about a girl who collects bugs and solves mysteries, to include a graphic element. I think knowing how the insects look adds something important to the story. To me, when I describe them, I see them in my head... but not everyone knows these species the way I do.
For example, one of the first bugs I describe is a velvet ant, which is a wingless wasp that has an extremely painful sting, but the MC finds her fascinating and beautiful. It's an important part of the book and I think the reader should "see" it, not only through words. So, I made a drawing of it. (I don't have a velvet ant in my collection any longer. This drawing was made on the program Art Studio from a photo on flickr that was taken by Hunter Desportes and is open to use, alteration, and commercial use through a creative commons license)
This book (STUNG) is something that I've all but shelved... and this will be its final gasp.
What say you? Who will join the Jan Plan? Grab Christa's lovely badge and let me know YOUR Jan Plan.