My 2014 Writing Plan

Posted on: 7th Jan 2014  /   Categorized: Writing Life

Last year I posted about my writing business plan and my goals for 2013, so today I thought I’d look back and see just how much I did (and did not) accomplish, and also give some insight into my upcoming year.



My 2013 Business Plan

– Launch and promote SCARLET (success!)

– Final revisions/edits for CRESS and early promotion (success!)

– Turn WINTER in to my editor

– Turn the Secret Nano Project (a.k.a. HEARTLESS) in to my editor

– Brainstorm and outline whatever will come next (semi-success)

– More regular updates to the Marissa Meyer Facebook fan page (esp. while traveling) (success!)


In the end, it turned out that I way, way, wayΒ (way way way way WAY) underestimated how much time it was going to take me to revise WINTER. This book has been about ten times the headache that the first three books were. Not to worry. I am nearing the end (finally!) andΒ I’m hopeful that I’ll have it off to my editor soon, but… yeah. It definitely did not happen in 2013, and the thought that I’d hoped to revise both WINTER and HEARTLESS last year is seriously laughable.

But! I did write two short stories and a novella tied in to the Lunar Chronicles universe, and those hadn’t been on the initial business plan, so all in all, I’m pretty pleased with my progress last year.

And now…


My 2014 Business Plan

– Launch and promote CRESS (one month to go!!!)

– Final revisions/edits for WINTER and early promotion

– Turn HEARTLESS in to my editor

– Final revisions/edits for HEARTLESS? (publishing schedule TBD)

– Outline and draft at least the first book in my next series. (Come November, if I’m feeling ambitious, I may attempt to draft two or even three books, like I first did with TLC. But . . . we’ll see. I might decide to take a 30-day nap instead.)

– Start a book club.

– Go on my first group writing retreat.


Which sounds like a crazy-fun productive year!


Interested in making your own writing business plan? Check out my original post for more strategies.

And feel free to post your own goals for this year in the comments!


  1. Megan commented on:

    My 2014 Writing Plan

    – Write.
    – Write more.
    – Write a bit for class. So I can get a good grade and all.
    – Finish a novel draft by the end of the year!

    Sounds simple, but getting started is always the hardest part :<

  2. Mirage commented on:

    i can’t wait until i cress & heartless comes out & yet i still didn’t read scarlet because of all of my college exams ><

    my goals for the year 2014 :
    1- finish my preclinical course
    2- try to finish writing a novel this year πŸ˜€
    3- read scarlet & cress
    4 finish my huge to read list

  3. Christine Monson commented on:

    A writing business plan sounds perfect. I’ll have to make one right a way.
    You should totally start a book club, if it fits in you busy schedule, Marissa. It sounds like fun. πŸ™‚

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  5. Adele commented on:

    I want to finish my book (my laptop crashed with it on it>AH) write 3 drafts of my book, research and start on the second! Any ideas on how to remember my book by the way? I’m kinda freaking out and some help would be REALLY welcome.

  6. Jessica Spotswood commented on:

    I love writing retreats, Marissa. I highly recommend one. I don’t always get lots done – for some reason, it’s hard for me to work around people and away from my usual place(s) – but it’s very well-filling just to be around other writers and talk writing practices and business stuff and books. Also, yay for a book club! I’m participating in a Facebook book club where we’re rereading all the Anne of Green Gables book this year. I am Very Excited. πŸ™‚

  7. ALazia commented on:

    Super excited to see what you come up with next. πŸ™‚ And a new series you say…time to start saving up.

  8. Jenny commented on:

    This is a seriously awesome post! It’s great to see how many of your goals that you accomplished. I like how concrete yours were. I’m going to definitely try and make my plans more concrete.

    Thanks for a great post!

  9. Missie commented on:

    I cannot wait for Cress and Winter!

  10. Aimee commented on:

    Gah, a writing plan would be so great for me. I’ve been too busy with school these past couple of years to get as much writing done as I’d like, but this past year I’ve kept my outlining and brainstorming pretty well and THIS is the year I have time to write! So it’d be a shame for me to fall by the wayside haha.

    My 2014 Writing Plan:
    -finish a draft of my main WIP
    -preliminary outlines for 3 other projects
    -start at least one of 5 other planned projects
    -write a short story
    -join a writing class/program in college (!)

  11. Alexa S. commented on:

    WOW! This is an incredible achievement, Marissa, so congratulations. Here’s to hoping that 2014 is just as successful for you!

  12. Violet commented on:

    This is an awesome list of goal- good luck! I’m participating in quite a few reading challenges this year, so I hope to accomplish my goals. Also, since I started blogging last year I’d really like to continue to develop my blog and discover some wonderful new reads. One of my other goals was to finish 5 series and start 5 new ones, because of how many 2014 debuts I’m looking forward to, and how many last books in series are also coming out this year. What type of reading club are you hoping to make? Good luck in 2014!


  13. sarah G. commented on:

    Reading club! YES! Hopefully you share more info! I want to finish my novel Cream Cheese in Florida. Neat post and best wishes Marissa!

  14. Marissa commented on:

    Adele, I’m so sorry to hear about your laptop! That’s awful! (But a good lesson to us all about the importance of backing up your work!)

    If it was me, I would immediately start writing down as much as I could remember about the plot. “This happened, then this happened, then this happened…” Try to recapture the big points, which will hopefully spawn into recalling a detail here and some dialogue here that you loved. And once you have that roadmap you can start rewriting the book.

    Good luck!

  15. Melissa commented on:

    Book club?!? We’re all in!! Yes yes yes!

  16. Adele commented on:

    Thanks! And I will totally back up my work from now on!

  17. adele commented on:

    one more thing, I remember everything, just when I start to re-write it, it’s not half as good as it was. ???

  18. Marissa commented on:

    Don’t worry – that’s what revisions are for. πŸ™‚

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  24. Monkies commented on:

    Please write another book from the lunar chronicles! I want to learn about Kai, and Cinders wedding, and about Winter and Jacin, and about Scarlet and Wolf (or Ze’lv) and about Cress and Thorne! But mostly about Winter and Jacin, and about Kai and Cinders wedding!!!! Please! I love all of your books!!! I know it was the last one but please I have all of your books! I also know that I sound like clingy fan (which I am) but I just really LOVE your books! So please write a 7th one! Thank you!

  25. Monkies commented on:

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