So, uh yeah, hi folks! Hope you had fun over the last year and the holidays. As you may have guessed from the Twitter widget, I have pretty much transferred there for my writerly web presence. I should probably write on here much more often. Even the way you post and format on here has changed.
Anyway, this last year has been crazy. Life has changed quite a bit as have my habits I guess so it is little wonder my online presence has changed. The world in general has changed quite a bit I think as well. Between Trump and the Republicans in the US, Brexit here in the UK and all the madness that has resulted from that and other things, it is hard to feel excited for the new year but I think hopefulness should be the main feeling for this new year. Hopeful that things will work out better and that I will stick to my goals this year.
For now though, last years goals:
- Write something at least once a week, every week.
I did not quite do once a week, every week but I did succeed in achieving my yearly writing goal.
The yearly goal was 38,000 words. I ended it with 57,937 words, nearly a full 20,000 words more. Not too shabby all things considered. With how life has been, it’s not too surprising I didn’t succeed in the weekly writing but I am proud nonetheless. I wrote.
I also continued to review my goals every 3 months and never increased them once I achieved them. This made my goals all that more achievable, no massive word debts and far better suited to how my life is now.
For this next year, I will be keeping this goal. It seems achievable and the 3 monthly review of my word counts is also working. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it right?
- Post once a week, every week on this blog.
Yeah, this one failed obviously but as I said, it’s because I have pretty much moved from here to Twitter. I am really enjoying using Twitter and it is fitting a lot better with my life right now so it seems obvious that Twitter should become my main social media platform. Even so, I do feel bad for letting this go by the wayside when it is something I have worked pretty hard on.
For the next year, perhaps my goal for this blog should be to ensure that I am attempting at least to keep it active. How I am going to succeed in that I don’t quite know right now. If anyone has any suggestions, I am open to them.
- Read more and finish books.
Again limited success because of how life has been. I have been reading a lot of comics once more and shorter books here and there but nothing actually in the way of reading fully. This is something I am going to have to work on for research and writing purposes.
For 2018, I am going to keep this goal to ensure I do read but try to use it to it to help me with my writing. You will see why possibly in the next bit.
- Complete at least one draft of one story.
I failed this one (sort of) but not for a lack of trying.
I was genuinely working hard to finish the draft of the dark witch project but I think it was a little ambitious to hope to finish it last year. The story is feeling much bigger and complex than I thought it was going to be so maybe it is for the best I did not complete this one. I am still working on that project (I’ve invested way too much time not to I don’t think) but I am also enjoying working on a Dragon Rider plot bunny that bit really hard just before November last year. I now have two projects on the go and both are having a steampunk-ish feel to them I think so I at least have some crossover with them.
Going back to the “sort of” bit of the first sentence in this section, I am saying that because I did finish writing and posted a couple of bits of Destiny fan fiction. So I did finish drafts of two stories. That counts right?
So 2018 will see me continuing to work on both projects I think with the aim of getting majority of the drafts done. I will also have to do quite a bit of reading and research as steampunk is something I have attempted before without much success. If I want to make both story drafts steampunk (or at least steampunk-ish), I am going to have to put the work and effort into it so make it happen.
To summarise, my goals for the next 12 months are:
- Write something at least once a week, every week.
- Keep this blog active, somehow.
- Read more and finish books
- Continue to work on the Dark Witch and Dragon Rider projects.
How did you guys do over the last 12 months? Successful or not so success? A mix? Please do comment below and if you can offer suggestions about how to keep this blog active, I would be very grateful!
Have a great new year guys!
Happy New Year!
Before we all climb in and buckle up for our 2018 writing journey, I think we need to agree on what needs to be packed. Now I know some of us are very excited about our journey but it’s vital we take the right stuff. We can’t get halfway through 2018 and discover we forgot some important items.
Here’s what I think we need to pack:
- Notebooks. In 2017 I fell in love with writing longhand and it has changed me as a writer. There’s something magical about filling up notebooks with observations, novel outlines, character profiles, ideas for plot twists and quotes which have inspired you.
- Dark shades. Writing hangovers can play havoc with your eyes and crows feet. If you’ve been burning the midnight oil with your second draft I guarantee you will look rough the next day. So, my creative friends its time…
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I’m not here to get into the eBook vs. print books debate, but let’s face it: EBooks are incredibly convenient. There are so many great reasons to love them… but I’m the first to admit that people who read eBooks do have a very interesting set of new-age problems, starting with these hilarious situations below!
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I second this all the way!
Once you have written a few first drafts you realise there are some things you don’t need to waste valuable time and energy worrying about. The first stage is simply an outpouring of words onto a page. Nothing else.
Here is a list of 28 things you don’t need to worry about whilst writing your first draft.
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Once more I have neglected this blog. Not intentionally. Purely because, well, I forgot about this! Oops!
As you might have guessed from the picture above, I am doing Camp once more next month, working on the same WIP that I have worked on for a few months. Since I am aiming to get words written every month, I might as well. Been assigned a Cabin today and there’s a few Twitter tweeps I might connect up with too. If you are doing Camp, feel free to say so. Target is set at 25,000 words but there’s a chance that will drop yet.
As for words written last month, I had a target of 2,500 words and hit 6,509 words so some words ahead. Not all the words were on my current WIP, the magic school story though. Some of the words were, bringing in a story line earlier than anticipated but it did show some character stuff so not all bad. I also wrote words from events many years later after getting stuck, which did get me thinking about some world building stuff I need to work on.
I then went off the story to write other bits. I ended up writing a very quick Destiny fanfic that I posted onto Tumblr and may yet get rewritten or more fan fics spawning from it before beginning to write a second WIP that I have worked on before alongside the current one, the slave story.
I will take the words at least because it’s better than being stuck and writing nothing, right?
So far this month, whilst melting in this heat wave, I have continued writing events that happen later before writing small tit bits relating to these Pride month prompts. Current word count is 2,739 words (239 words beyond my 2,500 target).
Having been forced to take a break, I think I might be able to return to writing what I should be writing in the WIP. That break has also highlighted to me that getting a complete first draft of this done by the end of the year is just not going to happen. The new target is to get somewhere near a complete first draft by the end of the year. All things considered, this seems to be a more plausible target.
How are things going for you? Good, bad, indifferent? Entering Camp next month? Any advice for me on keeping going? Please do comment below.