My deepest regret for 2014 is that I spent so little time writing. Instead, I focused on growing the site — worth the attention, obviously, and it did pay off. But I’ve been wanting to get back into a rhythm of writing substantively, regularly, and without agony. Then Angel tweeted about building a personal blog calendar and whoa — whoa, whoa, whoa. Of course I maintain one for the site, but for myself? Not so much. My writing time tends to be an afterthought, but maybe if I scheduled it…
So let’s talk writing calendars. Let’s build some writing calendars.
1. What is your overarching goal?
My goal is to write more and to write better. I want to publish one long form review, one long form feature, and one info-graphic (I’m studying stuff, people, interesting stuff) every month, while keeping up with my other contributions to the site.
2. What’s your writing schedule? Don’t have one? Try to make one.
Generally I write on my days off, while reserving the evenings for editing. This would work better if I could keep myself from responding to email during writing time. I will also have to identify clear goals for each day off and stick to them. UGH. PRIORITIES. Gross.
3. What are some themes or ideas that work towards that overarching goal?
2015 is the year I finally complete my magnum opus Joss Whedon hit piece… uh, I mean critical analysis. This is something I’ve started and stopped several times over the years but I’m outlining and researching it now, so the writing part should come fairly easily. One hopes!
I want to do a close reading of each of the Frontier books (Youth In Decline). Not big reviews with reference to the cartoonist’s previous work. Nope! Just dig into each issue and see what I find. If that goes well, I’ll probably move on to doing close readings of anthologies, because, why not?
Cartoonist primers! Overviews, essentially, of their major works, and the themes and ideas they’re super into. It’s hard to jump from one stream of comics reading to another and the main barrier to entry is a simple lack of knowledge. I’d like to do some very accessible introductions to interesting and potentially intimidating cartoonists.
Another big one — more writing on hiring practices, economics, etc. Lots of industry writing, either through data analysis or through opinion pieces. I want to write about money: who has it, who doesn’t, and how do we change that distribution.
4. Are there holidays, book releases, conventions, or other events you can tie into and use to boost your writing?
Ok, this is hard. Much easier to think about tying the site’s overall blog calendar into events and holidays. But convention season — that should be good grist for my industry writing mill. More thinking is needed here, obviously.
5. Build your actual calendar.
UGH. The worst. But I’ll be thinking about these questions and slowly patching together my writing calendar for 2015. Hopefully I’ll have a working draft before January, but gosh, who knows. I’ve got liquor infusions to make and write about, and cool comics to read.
So now it’s your turn, friends. What are the big themes you want to tackle next year? What will your writing calendar look like?