So I think I have all my projects sorted out, and I put everything that I wanted to finish this year in one pile and everything for next year in another pile.
I was shocked at how many words it would be.
Then I added them up. Not so bad, and not so far off what I’ve actually been producing.
It’s like when you have $100 in your pocket and you spend a few bucks here and there, and then you realize you only have $7 left. Only it’s adding up in my favor in this case.
So I’m happy with my plan so far. It’s going to be a tough year money-wise, but it’s tough regardless of what approach I’m taking, so I might as well go this way for a while.
In the long run, and I’m talking 20 years long run, putting my money behind this horse is the right call if I do it intelligently.
Then There’s the Fanfic
What to do about the fanfic I’ve essentially abandoned?
Autumn and I were co-writing a story, and it’s been my turn for months. I’ve been kinda frozen on that project (and my other fanfic projects, all in the same fandom) for the absolute coolest of reasons. (Sorry to be cryptic, but I’d basically out myself if I said why. While who I am isn’t a secret, really, there are reasons I want to keep a lid on it for now.)
So here are the pros/cons of finishing up the fanfic projects I have:
- The satisfaction of having finished them.
- Ability to go through and do an actual editing pass once I’m done, because I suck at first drafts and these are all, indeed, first drafts. It scares me that I have 82,000 words of a mostly-complete mostly-a-novel—and I severely under-write first drafts.
- I do have followers in that fandom and it would keep them engaged until my next project under this pseudonym, plus it could lead to people continuing on with my works. If I abandon them, though, I lose that. Right now, that’s basically all my fame.
- The really big scene I have yet to write (a wedding) is one that is planned to be one of those epic comedy scenes, and I’m partly scared to write it. Being on the other side of that, especially on a project where I can (more or less) afford to fail is a good thing.
- Takes away from time I could spend on other projects.
- Not something I can make money on.
- I’d need to re-watch the show and re-read my own work to get caught up on what I intended to do. I have notes, partial scenes, and all that, but what I’m missing is it being in my headspace enough to really become re-immersed.
- I’d decided that my inspiration for the wedding scene was a dinner scene in a book I love, but I haven’t taken the time to re-read that, and I need to.
All of the above and: changing how you feel about the actors shouldn’t change how you feel about the characters they play, but it does. It really does.