Now something over three weeks into my full-time work as a self-employed writer, I’ve spent a good part of my time setting up:
Reading software manuals (Aeon Timeline and Scrivener, of which more later) and thinking about how to use their features to solve problems on my extant writing projects. Revision isn’t just tweaking commas; I have to check the architecture both for soundness and for beauty, and the timeline for consistency.
Creating easy-to-use tracking forms for writing, editing, beta-reading, research, and other business activity. I’m using Google Forms, and so far I’ve created and tested an Hourly Consulting form and a Work Log form. In the process, I’ve learned a lot about how I work and just how many projects are in play (25 of my own, and 10-15 each — past and present — for many of my colleagues for whom I beta-read).
Reviewing past projects. I found out rather late about a writing grant and decided to go out for it. The Reincarnations of Miss Anne, my most ambitious and least realized active project, was the logical choice. I’d been saying that I wanted to scout the locations as well as research from books; with help from a good friend with a car, I pulled the research archive boxes (three of them!) from storage and commenced to knock together an application.
I didn’t make that deadline. Continue reading