One of these days, I’m going to be able to tell you about the new story that I’m ready to release into the world. Unfortunately, this is not that day, so you’ll just have to settle for an update on how I’m taking steps towards it.
March 8, 2021
It was a better week for productivity, but then I only had to take one day off work because of the overly zealous restrictions at school. We had another forced COVID test and this one was completely over-the-top, but those are the rules. I’m all for the precautions, I wear a mask, I socially distance, but some of the procedures are a little too inflexible.
Anyhow, back to writing and blogging. There has been some good progress on my schedule as I move towards reducing the number of posts I publish a week. Sure, I could have just stopped some, but that’s not how I work. The season review for Harukana Receive went out last week as well as my review of the Goblin Slayer movie – Goblin Crown. I’m not replacing either series so that’s two fewer posts a week.
I have three more weeks of the seasonal shows and then the season reviews before I stop covering seasonal shows for the time being. That will leave me with Record of Grancrest War, which I have finished and scheduled all the posts, and KonoSuba, which I’m working through the second season. I will pick up another show once the seasonal shows finish, but that will still mean I’m only posting three reviews a week. It’s almost time to shift my focus to writing fiction.
The goal here is to replicate what I did when I took on NaNoWriMo back in November 2020. I had scheduled almost every post for November ahead of time with just two seasonal shows to keep up with. That allowed me to get through the first fifty-thousand words of my supernatural harem rom-com. Hopefully, I will finally be able to finish the first draft and get to editing it. That will be my first web-novel, so the sooner I can get it ready the sooner I can start to release it.
Of course, before that I need to finish editing Black Death and have set myself the provisional deadline of end of March to get the full edit completed. Once that’s done, it will go to my co-author who will give it a look over. Hopefully, there won’t be much more to do and we can finally release it into the wild… and only two and a half years after we started writing it.
To some extent, I do feel like I’m repeating myself on a weekly basis, but it’s been helpful to really cement the schedule into my mind as I move towards a point where it will become a reality. Admittedly, I fell into anime blogging as something else to talk about between posts about my writing progress. I don’t regret any of it for a second and believe that I am in a much stronger place than I was two years ago.
It’s one thing to watch a lot of anime, read a lot of books, and study everything I can find about story, which I do. For years, I’ve been listening to podcasts about craft, marketing, editing, story structure. You name it, I’ve probably researched it in one way or another. For decades, I have been absorbing as much information as I could, but these last two years have been invaluable.
The big difference between these two years and all the ones before has been my blogging. Now, I’ve been blogging on and off for about ten years now, but it’s safe to say that I have written more posts in the last two years than all the rest combined. I’ve also spent more time analyzing and documenting what I have noticed. Writing reviews about the shows has forced me to focus more on the things that speak to me as a writer.
I’ve also watched a much larger variety of shows that I had previously. My go to story is usually dark fantasy or horror, often set in an epic fantasy or science fiction environment. Rather unsurprisingly, this is what I tend to write. However, I read a quote and have sadly forgotten who said it, but it basically said that if you want to write epic fantasy, you’ve probably read enough epic fantasy and should expand your reading. This may seem counterproductive, but I can assure you it is invaluable advice.
I learnt so much from shows like Fruits Basket, Harukana Receive, Bofuri, Princess Connect, and many more that I probably wouldn’t have given the time of day had I not been covering as much anime as I could. There is usually something of value in everything you watch/read. You just have to work out what that is and how it can make you a better storyteller.