Joshua D Evans – Writer

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2014

Another year is here and it’s time to determine my goals for the coming year. I don’t do resolutions. I set goals, then meet them. It’s worked out well over the last 3 years, so I’ll continue the trend this year.

The final numbers are in. I wrote ~115K words last year, completing one novel and started another. That was 26% over my goal. On the editing front, I edited Dwarf Lords once, and started through a second time. I edited on 67 days out of the year.

So, on to the new goals. The word count I’m shooting for is 130K. Given my previous years, that’s doable. The toughest part will be deciding which novel to work on after the current WIP is finished. I think I’m roughly half way through it. I’m definitely ready to get back to my fantasy setting. That leaves me with rounding out the 2nd/3rd Dwarf Lords or working on a new character in that world. I’ll see what I’m feeling as the time draws closer.

For my editing goals, I’m going to shoot for editing 180 days out of the year. I think that’s doable, and that will really allot me the time needed to give that book the polish it needs. That should also give me time to have a second novel edited as well. Could it be that I have two novels ready to go this year?

You may notice on the side here that I’m reading Booklife by Jeff Vandermeer. This was an excellent gift from my wife that is also well timed. I’m looking forward to the information I glean from that book and will share any tidbits I find there. Jeff also created the website Booklifenow.com which is a more up to date version of the info provided in Booklife. So between the two, and my own determination, I may just have a book on the shelves soon.

-Keep Writing

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4 Responses

  1. I am so proud of you. You are the most driven person I have ever met: to your art, your health, and the care of your family. You constantly find ways to improve and refine how things are done and that is something many humans struggle with. I know that it’s not easy, but your determination and hard work will pay off. You absolutely deserve the best. Glad the book has been helpful. I hope that it inspires and aids you in the year to come to keep meeting your goals.

  2. Katie Cross says:

    I don’t do resolutions either. I think it’s stupid to wait until the new year to change something you can change immediately. Goals: love it. You’ll do great. You did great this year, you’ll do great next year.

    • Joshua says:

      and I think that may have been my “problem” with editing last year. I didn’t set any real concrete goals to it, just to edit my work. Which technically I did. I could have gotten a lot farther with it though too.

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