Over Christmas, a writer friend sent me some wonderful candy (thanks Barbara) so I'm having a chocolate truffle at the moment and thinking about the past year. 2008 was truly great for me both personally and professionally. My family is happy, healthy, we love each other and my writing career began to blossom after years of struggling to become published. Including both e-books and print, I have seen ten books released this year and, to me, this is amazing.
The other day friends were chatting on a loop about things like writing goals and calendars. I'm thinking...HUH??? I think maybe some writers find it helpful but I've always been a more 'fly by the seat of my pants' kind of gal. In my work, I take a sliver of an idea and build a story around it. I send it in and my editor says yes or no. Someone will later send me a release date and a cover. That's good enough for me. Maybe I stress out too easily but I'm old enough to figure out these little niggling things out about myself. I don't DO stress anymore. I write, I dream, I play. If a book comes later rather than sooner, it's all right with me. I'm easy that way. So no big plans for me. No worry. No stress. I won't bang my head against the wall if I don't see five, six or seven books released next year. I'll finish my books when it's time and see how life unfolds.
At the moment, I'm roughly 20 pages or so from finishing a very hot shifter story and its brother, book two of this series, is waiting in the wings and I'll finish it soon after. Right now, I'm nearing the end of this one too. Funny thing is, right before Christmas just as the stress I try to avoid was building like a steam engine, I thought the idea 'well' had run dry. Nothing else was on the horizon but then BAM. Christmas was over, taking with it the adrenaline rush, the worry and the stress and suddenly ideas started to form once again. In the past few days, I've jotted down new plot lines and have enough now to have a continual flow of works in progress.
Do you work better with a strict plan or do you take your WIPS as they come? Is there a method to your madness and what do you see in the crystal ball that is 2009?