2014 has been a great year overall, and certainly one that I shall see as a definite milestone. With 2015 only a few solar cycles away, I’m addressing and setting out my stall for what I want to accomplish from the next year, just like I did before.
I feel that especially in the last quarter of the year that my workflow has suffered a little, possibly in conjunction with my new university studies. Regardless, I’m resolved by a number of surprising academic results to tighten my ship and adopt a thoroughly revamped and refocused workflow that I hope will allow me to achieve more:
- I will set aside five days a week to actually do creative stuff; of course, a couple of rest days will be most welcome. Can’t be all work and no play!
- Adoption of the Pomodoro technique more rigidly. I feel this would correlate with my preference for short bursts of activity, as opposed to slogging out sessions (though I won’t rule those out). I’ll initially aim to focus my efforts in these sessions in these areas:
- Writing new prose, either as a short story or a potential new novel draft.
- Writing my short film scripts; I’ve several ideas that I want to develop and at least have completed first drafts of
- Concepting new ideas; ideally into single-page concept documents that I can pick up later.
- Revising previously-written work for publication
- Aim to publish a new short story on my website in the last week of every month.
- Re-organise my digital workflow; I’ll be creating annual folders in my project file to keep a more organised track of the ideas and things I’m working on. A tidy house is a productive one
In terms of projects, I’ve a few goals there, too; especially for the first half of 2015:
- January: produce and outline my new post-apocalyptic novel idea, Before the Winter
- January – March: Write a first draft of aforementioned novel of at least 65,000 words
- February: Finish and digitise my annotated notes for the second edition of my novel Colonisation
- January – March: Finish and finalise the script for my short film idea, Doors
- March – May: begin preparation and drafting for my second short film idea, working title of Mrs. Appleton
I’d also like to:
- Submit a short story each month from either my current stock or new material.
Become an active member in the following organisations:
To achieve above I need to address a few key issues personally that I feel have bugged me and that New Year 2015 presents an excellent opportunity to address:
- Rationalising my bedtime; I spend far too many late nights either wasting time online or watching TV, and I do suffer from fatigue as a result. I need to work to claw back some of my night-time for good quality rest away from burning my retinas on LCDs. My body clock needs resetting!
- I will no longer be drinking carbonated drinks from January; I have proved I can go a month without Coke before and I feel that it’s something that’ll greatly benefit me. I’ll also hope to swap m y junk food diet for more fresh fruit and less ready meals. If I’m less tired, I’ll be more inclined to prepare my own meals.
- Discovering more music: a couple of great Twitter friends have helped me get out of the 70s prog rock rut I’d nestled myself in and fill my shelves. I’ll aim to slowly but steadily increase my collection though services like Spotify but also through personal recommendations.
- Reading more: an avid reader makes a great writer, so the adage goes, and I’ve let my progress slip a little. Again, I’m going to aim to do about half an hour of reading a night to tie-in to my bedtime reconstitution; reading being a great way to help the brain to wind down and prepare for sleep, especially away from an LCD. And you never know, it may even inspire something awesome!
So, that’s my list and I hope to make good of it. I’m also aiming to not let this get lost to the mists of time and I’ll be placing a printed version on my wall above my work station to remind me of these goals. I’ll aim to keep my blog updated with progress – there’s a few projects I couldn’t discuss here but should be absolutely awesome as I’ll be working with some absolutely great people and it should hopefully be a valuable experience.
This time next year I’ll want to be able to say I’ve got the following done during 2015:
- Finished editing Colonisation
- Written a new novel (and begun redrafting)
- Written twelve short stories for a potential second anthology
- Written (and started production) on my first short film
- Lost weight
- Treated myself to a year of decent sleep, music and books
See you on the other side, and happy new year!
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