Getting up this morning I knew it was time for me to write my yearly wrap-up, but I didn’t have a lot of motivation. On Christmas Eve my car stopped starting in a parking lot and had to be towed home. Getting it towed to a mechanic and repaired will be today’s problem. The day after Christmas I managed to sprain my big toe. I’ll spare you the grizzly details, but I dearly hope none of you ever do something similar. The pain is completely disproportionate to the injury, and every step is a painful reminder that toes are important and do something.
Thankfully, the lovely Andi and I had been talking about writing, life, and 2017. The exact inspiration I needed was sitting in my e-mail.
Looking back at 2016, what did you accomplish as a writer? Of what are you most proud? What didn’t go as well as you’d hoped?
Earlier this year I started keeping a list of work accomplishments. It’s something I plan on continuing because it gives me perspective. With how long so many “tasks” (like writing a book) take and how they tend to flow into one another (from writing to rewriting, to editing), it can be easy to forget what I’ve done and this reminds me.
- Heavily edited Fey Hearted
- Published Fey Hearted
- Wrote Michelle’s Case Files
- Rewrote Michelle’s Case Files
- Edited Michelle’s Case Files
- Published Michelle’s Case Files
- Finished writing A Witch’s Rite (this book was started in 2015)
- Rewrote A Witch’s Rite
- Edited A Witch’s Rite
- Published A Witch’s Rite
- Wrote Draft Zero of the Fey Hearted Prequel Novella
- Wrote Draft Zero of a science fiction short story
- Reorganize NEConneely.com and created book landing pages
- Rebuilt my desk to be ergonomic (Big thanks to my husband for helping!)
- Formatted Fey Hearted and A Witch’s Rite for trade paperback
- Reformatted Witch for Hire, A Witch’s Path, A Witch’s Trial, A Witch’s Concern for trade paperback
- Reformatted Witch for Hire, A Witch’s Path, A Witch’s Trial, A Witch’s Concern, A Witch’s Rite, Fey Hearted, and Michelle’s Case Files Kindle files to look prettier and be cohesive inside the series.
- Formatted Fey Hearted, Michelle’s Case Files, Witch for Hire, A Witch’s Path, A Witch’s Trial, A Witch’s Concern, and A Witch’s Rite for iBooks, Kobo, Nook, and other retailers
- Published Fey Hearted, Michelle’s Case Files, Witch for Hire, and A Witch’s Path to iBooks, Kobo, Nook, and other retailers
I’m really proud of that list. Several of those things took weeks or months. Others required learning new skills and programs. I did all of that in between moving, getting married, visiting family, having a honeymoon, and being plagued with an ulcer. Everything I’ve just typed is important. They’re the things I need to remember when I wonder where 2016 went.
However, I didn’t do as much pure writing as I’d hoped. That’s the one thing I’d really like to improve upon in 2017.
Looking forward to 2017, what would you like to accomplish as a writer? What might need to stay in place for those things to happen? What might need to change?
In 2017 I want to write 1,000,000 words. It’s a big goal, one I may not make, but everything I write gets me closer to some of my smaller goals (like completing individual books). And the process of trying will be a reward of its own as I get back to the writing and stories I love.
To write a million words in 2017, I need to hold onto my determination and drive while I work on my time management and daily flow. I need to learn when to take breaks and when to look at the a blank page and feel an upwelling of “I Can!” I need to walk forward boldly and with conviction, remembering to prioritize my goals because it’s easy for them to get lost and that’s unacceptable. I need to be a better me and a better writer.