This year was an epically terrible year on a national and global level. Writers are sensitive creatures, and as this year comes to a close it would be easy to just hide under the covers and binge watch Nailed It, hoping that next year will be better. Despite that, I hope you’ll take a moment to take stock of what you’ve accomplished this year and what you would like to do better in the next.
This blog post is my end of year wrap-up. It turned out to be a much better writing year for me than 2017 was. I chalk most of it up to my depression going into remission. It’s amazing how much more time you seem to have when you don’t stare at walls.
For this blog I looked up how many books I had read this year, and the number astonished me. I read almost a book a week, even with four out of twelve of my months devoted to drafting.
From November 2017 to April 2018, I drafted my second full-length novel. You can read more about my drafting experience and approach here.
One of the best things I did this year was consistently work on something that helped my career. It wasn’t always writing. I took a month-long break after drafting, but in the meantime created this blog from scratch and read to refill my creative well.
However, I also learned this year that I am slow as molasses at revision. I get easily distracted and find myself procrastinating. It’s good to know this about myself, and I’m planning on creating a framework to keep myself focused.
This year I:
finished drafting my second novel
went through two major revision passes on my current WIP
participated in Pitch Wars events
built this website
made several new critique partners and friends within the writing community (thank you, CP Match!)
designed book cover and interior for a self-published author
grew Twitter following (around 400 new followers this year if memory serves.)
read 43 published books and 6 unpublished manuscripts
Goals for next year
write a blog post every other week, 26 in total
read 60 published books
finish last revisions of current WIP and query by May
outline next WIP
draft next WIP in five months instead of six
create a bookstagram, mostly to follow other writers
receive first round of CP/beta feedback of next WIP by 2020!
I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to this year. Please comment or link to your end of year wrap-up! :)