New Writing Plan

Don’t I always have a new writing plan? Aren’t I always changing it?

The answer to that is…no. No, I don’t always have a new writing plan because for the longest time I haven’t been writing. You can’t have a real plan if you’re not actually writing.

Does this mean I’m writing now? Not really, no. But I will be. Very soon.

So! My plan is this:

First I need to finish reading what I previously wrote so I can remember the style etc of what I was attempting. Luckily, this isn’t such a long process as there’s only about 6k words written. Still, it will take a bit of time as I have other things that need my attention.

For instance, I have fitness stuff that I’m going through right now (meeting with the fitness director for hopefully my first teaching job! I’ll keep you posted on that in Fitness Freak.). I’m also proofreading a book for someone. It’s what I do best really – nitpick grammar, spelling, etc. Not fun when the writing’s crap but hers is never crap. Wordy perhaps, but never crap. Honestly, if the first chapter is any indication as to the rest of the book, this is going to be a seriously easy proofread. I mean, when you start your first sentence off with a kid puking rainbow sprinkles on your protagonist’s shoes, I figure the author’s got something in those pages that needs to be read.

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There’s something about Night’s Treasure that’s been nagging me. A couple somethings really. But since it’s a full-length novel I don’t particularly relish going back and figuring out how to fix it if indeed it does need fixing. After all, I could be overthinking it.

The manuscript’s lack of success in the publishing world still has me bummed because it’s my baby and I want people to like her. So I’m putting her to the side and focusing on something a bit more manageable. Way back when I was hung up on writing the sequel to NT, I thought to give my brain a rest from Sophy and her trials and tribulations (though not from Greek mythology) so I started up a novella about Psyche. She was the mortal who married Eros, the Greek god of love.

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You know, Cupid? Valentine’s Day? Little chubby toddler with wings and a bow and arrow. Except he does grow into a man so we’re not treading on sensibilities and morals by being baby-marrying pedophiles.

Anyway, I wanted it to be a series of novellas about ladies from Greek mythology – goddess and mortal alike. I wasn’t sure what I could do with them but I knew I wanted to write them. People nowadays take a myth and completely change it for their retelling. They want to give something fresh and original. Sometimes it doesn’t resemble the original myth at all and that’s fine. Each to his own. There are tons of retellings of myths and fairytales I love to read.

I, however, wanted my novella series to be more in depth tellings of the myth.

Is that a word – tellings? Tellings…hmm. Well, it is now!

I wanted to keep to the original myth (or one version of it anyway) and give it more life and feeling. Put stuff in it to flesh it out and give the characters a life outside of what was originally told. We don’t know much about the inner workings of the people so I want to delve into that.

So while the myth is basically the same, it’s not. Does that make sense?

Anyway, if it does or if it doesn’t I’m still going to do it. These won’t be YA or NA like Night’s Treasure was. These will definitely be for adults. While everyone says Aphrodite was the goddess of love, to me she’s always seemed more like the goddess of lust and her son, Eros, was more the god of actual love. So I’m going with that idea and putting in more adult content.

Although these stories will be Adult instead of New Adult or Young Adult, they will be in the same kind of world as Night’s Treasure. What I mean is, the way I portray the gods in these novellas will be the same way they’re portrayed in NT. They’ll be the same people, just in another time period. Hopefully they’ll garner interest for NT when I try to get an agent later.

The last thing I wanted to say about my new writing plan is that instead of looking for an agent for these novellas, I’ll be going the route of self-publishing. I’ve been reading a lot of self-published books lately and I’ve been thinking my novellas would fit better in that line rather than in the traditional line of getting published. Does that make sense?

Anyway, there’s my plan! Wish me luck with Psyche’s story!

Lastly, just because I can and I thought this was funny…

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About Katie St. John-Shin

I believe in living life and not letting it pass you by. I mean, come on, if you really want to do something but don't have the courage to do it so you let the opportunity disappear, you may regret it for the rest of your life. How can you know what you're capable of unless you go for it? Like every writer, I naturally plan on becoming a world-famous writer. I love reading, writing, fitness, coffee, watching my favorite movies/shows, listening to music, and trying new things even if they're sometimes terrifying. I'm a stay-at-home mom, a writer, and a POP Pilates instructor. I didn't think I'd succeed at that last one but I did it! I confronted my fears, dealt with things I didn't want to deal with, and completed the training! POP Pilates classes are coming soon to mid-Nebraska!
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