So, it's 2016! Is it too late to acknowledge that? We're almost six weeks into the new year, which means it's not new anymore. Better late than never, I suppose.
First, a progress report: I got to 68,000 words on my first novel before slowing to a stop for various reasons. I am scrapping it and starting it over with the intention of finishing it this month or early next month. I was planning to finish it (at around 90,000 words) and then deciding if I wanted to re-write it, but I knew I'd be re-writing it and it's a waste of time to finish a draft that will be deleted right after.
Why re-do it? I got off track on the first attempt almost from the beginning and it changed the story too much. I re-drafted my plot notes to make an ending that would fit, but I learned so much during the five weeks that I was writing and I know that I can apply that knowledge and turn out a much better product. A first-timer's novel won't get much --if any-- traction in the traditional market (I am sure I have a lot more to learn yet) but I don't want to give up on it and turn out something that isn't my best work.
So I've re-done all of my notes and focused on the original story with only a few edits and am working on the scene descriptions (something I did not do the first time). Once those are done I can focus on writing the book chapter-by-chapter and scene-by-scene, making sure to concentrate on the craft as much as the story. I know that I can do 2,500-to-3,000 words a day pretty easily, so I'm aiming for 5,000+ per day until I am done.
My other goal is to create mini-comics and post them here. I want to start this month, posting a minimum of one page each week while trying to see how many I can create without sacrificing quality.
I may also need to take some time to deal with a couple of personal issues before this month is out, which could affect my schedule. But until that happens, those are my plans. I took far too much time off in the past month and I want to get back on track and produce as much work as I can.