Craig here today to talk about something most writers don’t discuss. We always write about our ongoing projects, maybe share a new trick we’ve picked up, that sort of thing.
Today, I want to talk about that other time in a writer’s life. I can only speak for myself, but I don’t constantly draft new material. When I do, I tend to hit it pretty hard, but I’m fast approaching that crossroads again.
Once I finish my draft, I’ll probably do some specific word searches and correct the simple errors before putting it away somewhere. I need distance to make my editing passes. This doesn’t mean I’m not working at the writing life, it’s just not drafting new material.
I have a cover and promotional artwork ordered, but won’t need it until it’s time to publish. The down time will give me some time to draft promotional posts. It may be months before I’m ready to publish, but there’s no time like the present to get the promo stuff written.
Then there is October. Don’t laugh, because it will be here before you know it. October has always been kind to me. I have several paranormal stories that work well for October promotions. I’ll need to figure out exactly what I’ll be doing then and get organized for it. I might do a free day, or pay for some advertising. No idea yet. These books have been promoted before, and I saved all of that data. I might be able to mine it for some updated posts.
I’ll also do some minor fiction projects in this time. I like to run out some micro stuff with a Halloween theme on my blog. These are just for fun, but I look forward to it every year. I need about four blog-length stories before then.
I have some projects I need to attend to as well. I joined BookBub, but haven’t done anything with it. I need to find all my friends, and transfer all the reviews I can. It seems like a good community, but I’m dragging my feet until I finish this draft.
Then there are the storyboards. I have about four at various stages of maturity. I need to put some imagination into those with an eye toward what I’ll write next. That could make a whole post on its own.
So how about it, gang, do you constantly draft new material, or do you need the down time for other projects? I’m always trying to learn, and I’d love to find out what others do.