IWSG: 2019 Tri-Annual Writing Progress Report #3 & 2020 Writing Plan

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Happy New Year & IWSG Day! Can you believe that it’s 2020? And that today is the first IWSG blog hop in a new decade? When I was younger the year 2020 was so far away. Then in a blink of an eye here I am, like you, continuing my writing journey. Thanks for bringing us together goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.

The awesome co-hosts posting today are: T. Powell Coltrin, Victoria Marie Lees, Stephen Tremp, Renee Scattergood, and J.H. Moncrieff!

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So what’s going on with me this month?

Well, I’ll be starting late in the 85K90 writing challenge. I’d planned to continue my NaNo novel from 2018 and 2019 in the next three months. But I’m still working on the story for an anthology submission. Then there’s another submission for a ghost romance. I’ve already pre-plotted various story lines and scenarios. But haven’t started writing yet. So, Hellsgate will have to wait a while longer.

Another thing that’s been going on with me this month was looking back at 2019 in review. Which went a little bit like this.:

2019 in Review Infographic (1)


Compared to my winter writing plan I shared four months ago, I only accomplished four things on my list. I’d outlined and delved deeper into researching mythological creatures. And pre-plottted my NaNo novel. I’d also brainstormed, researched, outlined and pre-plotted a ghost romance short story. And wrote a new m/f/m romance short. Though the infographic above doesn’t show you I’d accomplished a little more than half of my 2019 writing plan.

In regards to that I’m making my 2020 writing plan very lean. My on hold projects will continue to remain on hold. Except Nadia the Fire Witch quartet series. Which I might tackle between my other writing projects.

Anyway for 2020 I’m going to only focus on a few shorts and submitting them. More poetry submissions. And rewriting my NaNoWriMo novel Hellsgate.

So here’s my 2020 Writing Plan:

  • Rewrite, revise and edit “Hellsgate”
    • Use 85k90 2020 writing challenge from January to March
    • Come up with a better/suitable title
    • Outline and preplot the sequel
    • Outline and preplot the trilogy
  • Rewrite, revise and edit “If Only for One Night”
    • Find presses, magazines, anthologies etc to submit short 
  • Rewrite, revise and edit “The Anniversary Present”
  • Write, rewrite, revise and edit “The Reunion”
    • Submit to Evernight Publishing – Romance on the Go line
    • Submit to Carina Press – Dirty Bits line (when and if accepting submissions again)
    • Find other presses, magazines, anthologies, etc to submit
  • Outline, preplot, write, revise and edit romantic ghost short story
  • Outline, preplot, write, revise and edit another new romantic short story
  • Commit to writing, rewriting, revising and editing a new or old story
    • Work on one to two new or old short story every four months
    • Work on one new or old novella/novelette every six months

As you can see 2020 will be dedicated to finish writing and rewriting Hellsgate. And outlining and preplotting its sequel and the third book. The rest of my writing will center on short stories. Either new ones or the old ones that needs rewriting and editing. And then submitting them. As well as writing my new novelette/novella age gap romances “The Reunion.” I have three anthology deadlines to meet within two months. If those go nowhere or I can’t make the deadline, I’ll search for more romance ‘call for submissions’ to submit to.

How’s 2020 treating you so far? Any good news to share? Any writing goals you’re committing yourself to? How was 2019 as a writing year? Don’t forget to check out my top ten posts of 2019.

Happy 2020! 😀

PS Been having trouble with character names again. Only recently decided on Amaya and Gage.  Should I keep the names or choose another from the list of names I made? 

PSS Still thinking about writing under a pseudonym for my romance stories. But so far, I still can’t decide whether to write under my own name or choose from the list of pen names I made.

January 8 question – What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Was it a teacher/coach/spouse/friend/parent? Did you just “know” suddenly you wanted to write?

What started me on my writing journey? Two words. A name. Jo March. For whatever reason, her vitality and passion for stories resonated with me. Little Women was the first book I’ve ever remembered reading on my own. And I was a book lover since then. Just like Jo. It’d be a few years later that I wanted to write a story of my own.

So I started writing and illustrating my first fantasy series using copy papers. My first fan was a classmate. And ever since then I knew I wanted to be a writer. Of course I detoured from my dream in high school. But I found my path in college thanks to an elective class.

When I was close to graduation , for my senior presentation I had to show four years worth of writing. At the end of my interview one of my professors leaned across the table. She grasped my hand and said, “You deserve to be published.” I try to remember that and my feelings of Jo March whenever I begin to doubt my writing journey.

Begin 2020 Write


    • Professor Dion made my day when she said that to me. That moment is forever ingrained in my memory. Whenever I get down in the dumps after a rejection or anxious about how long I’m taking to get published I remember her words. Besides, I like to think, with most authors getting successful debuts around their 40s, that a successful writing career is just around the corner.

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  1. Wow – got chills at your prof’s words – so very cool!!!
    I love how organized you are – that’s not my natural inclination, but I’m working on it!
    Good luck – hope 2020 brings you lots of joy and success!

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    • Thanks Jemi. Speaking of organized, that was another thing brought up at the presentation by all the professors on the panel. They’d praised me for having the only and most organized portfolio (I still have it and it’s on my library shelf). What’s funny is that outside writing I’m not organized at all.
      Good luck and happy writing in 2020! 😀

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    • Me too. It was really nice of her. Considering the last time a teacher responded to my dream of being a published author was really demoralizing.
      On another note, they’re remaking Little Women (how many times they’ve done this) and from the photo stills I’ve seen, the actress playing Jo seems to capture her spirit.
      Best for 2020 to you too.


    • Happy New Year Pat. It left such an imprint on me that I kept the book for years, no matter how tattered it became. Until either my aunt or mom through it out along with my small book collection behind my back. Always meant to buy a new one but never had a chance to until now, a few years earlier, when I moved into a house. And finally able to start stocking my library shelf. Now, I wished I bought a bigger shelf. The rows are filled with books with no space for more.

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    • Thanks Dave! I’m a slow writer so tried to take account of that when it came to planning for 2020. Usually, I’m all gungho and want to do it all. And I forget I’m not that much of a prolific or productive writer. I’m a turtle writer so tried to make my plan as flexible as I could. Truthfully, the only concrete plan is working on my NaNo novel in 2020.


    • Yes they do. Despite the fact that I changed majors to English in my freshman year, I still could hear my HS teacher’s disregard of my dream because ‘writing is just a hobby.’ My professor’s words had replaced hers.


    • Thanks Samantha. Without meaning to, my 2020 plan loosely follows the SMART method. If I can stay focused and write 350 words a day, on a given story, I can reach many of my writing goals for 2020.


    • Thanks Shannon. Yes they are. Don’t know who said it first, but Whitney Houston had it right when she sang ‘I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way.’


  2. You are truly lucky to have a professor tell you your story is good. Not many fledgling writers are that lucky. Bravo, Lidy! If only more teachers nurtured their students. All best in 2020.

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  3. Wow, sounds like some ambitious goals! All the best in 2020.

    I was really disappointed in the amount of writing I accomplished in 2019. Hoping to do better this year, but so far I haven’t been doing great. Teaching just takes so much out of me.

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    • Thanks. A new year always makes me a little goal happy. I’m starting off slowly right now but taking it a day at a time, writing as much as I can (which is only a few sentences at the moment).
      Happy New Year, happy writing and happy teaching! 😀


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