Monthly Archives: January 2016

December/January Reflections

So this is combined because obviously I haven’t been blogging for a while. These two months have been about the same anyways, not much to report.

Writing Goals Update

Since the last Reflections post, I have done more writing, but not every day. You know how life is, right? Things get in the way, and once you miss a single day, that becomes a week and then you don’t even realize you had forgotten to write!

I have been keeping better track of my word count on the days I do write, though. I have a calendar and stickers method that I’ve seen other authors use. Basically, 1000 words written means I get to put one sticker on the square for the day. I have many days that are blank, but also many days that have 3 or 4 stickers each :)

Things I Learned

  • I’m mentally stronger than I think I am. If I really put my mind to what I’m writing and place its importance above the other tasks in my day, I can easily write 1500 to 2000 words an hour, following my outline. I just need the discipline to avoid distractions!
  • I need to have a schedule. Working at home is both awesome because you can work any hours that you want, but also evil because you don’t have anyone to keep you accountable for the hours that you work. I’m still deciding on what that schedule needs to be, and it will need to change in a few months because I have a seasonal job that will take more of my time starting in March/April.

Distractions

READING. There are so many good books that I got for Christmas/My Birthday (which is in January) that I’ve been reading instead of doing my own writing! Some days I can’t put a book down and will end up reading it for hours, or even finishing the book in one day. Right now the distracting book is Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld.

What Else Is New In My Life?

The new edition of my first book (now titled A Song of Dreams and Demons) is coming out!!!! My wonderful editor, Jen of LiterallyJen has finished the copyedits and I’m going to have the new version out with a new cover on February 4th, exactly one year after the first edition was published. SO EXCITED :)