Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Onward and Upward

So I'm back from the Narrative Conference, which I find consistently stimulating, and where after five visits, I've finally settled into a groove with enough contacts and enough sense of my place in that particular field that I don't feel like a total conference loner. Of course, This one has given me another book idea, but that seems sufficiently separate from my regular research that it feels like the sort of thing that I can work on for the next several years by pecking out conference papers just for that conference, and slowly expanding and revising them into fuller chapters.

Meanwhile, back to the book at hand. My goal is to have a complete manuscript in the press' hands by the end of the summer. I am teaching a summer grad course (daily in the afternoons), but it is structured such that I can continue to get some writing done as I go. So here's what I have written already, and my target dates for revised chapters.

Intro: drafted and polished (check)
1.1: Drafted and under final revisions (by April 30)
1.2: About 20 pages of drafted material, another 15-20 of new material (by May 31)
1.3: About 12 pages drafted, another 15 (to 30, depending on using another text) (by June 30)
2.1: Drafted and polished (check)
2.2: About 20 pages drafted, with another 15-20 to draft or seriously revise (by July 15)
2.3: 15-20 pages drafted, in bad shape; another 10-15 to write (by August 7)
Epilogue: One drafted but it barely fits the project anymore. We'll see. (by September 1)

That's as much as 85 new pages through the summer, but the research on this and the background reading is all largely done. The issue really is just putting the butt in the chair and writing. Keep your fingers crossed!

3 comments:

Sisyphus said...

A grad class in the summer? How odd.

But, yay for plans and for writing!

pocha said...

*Fingers officially crossed.* (With total confidence that you will accomplish your goals.)

Lists are helpful. I love lists.

Horace said...

Yup, a summer Introduction to Narrative Theory course, 75 minutes daily. Definitely a focus on essays and short stories rather than novels and longer works.

As for the writing, I've been working on expanding this conference paper during the last week, but I'm turning my focus to the book next week. Fingers crossed indeed.