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A New Year and New Goals

The best part of this year’s NaNoWriMo is the friends I’ve made. I stumbled into a great group of people and we’re still supporting each other like it’s November. It’s nice to have a like-minded group of people to bounce ideas off of.

With that in mind, I think I’m going to have an easier time of hitting goals this year. We’ve set up a critique group and what kind of support we’ll need over the coming year.

My goals for 2017:

  • 500k words. I haven’t hit 500k in two years. I’m close this year, but it’s not feasible. I got sick on Christmas and I’m having a hell of a time shaking it off and as such, writing nearly 30k words by the new year sounds completely unreachable.
  • Write 6 manuscripts. I wrote 4 this year, but only if you count the two half-novels as one.
  • Release 6 novels. I’m planning to release them three-four weeks apart. In August. I’ve got a ton of shit to do for that.

God, that looks like a lot. The books I’ll be releasing are Le Morte de GrendelLuLo2, LuLo3, LuLo4, The Defiant Canary and … well, I haven’t decided on the sixth title. I know I have lots of stuff listed in my writing projects page (while I’m at it, I should update that, too) but my goodness, it’s hard to decide.

I’m pretty pleased that things are getting better and better with my writing. I feel like my latest projects are much better, with better writing and crafted better. The characters feel better, the plots feel more interesting. The writing is just better to begin with. Easier to edit, less weird stuff to take out. I don’t know why I’d just leave typos galore in my earlier manuscripts. THe and SHe all over the place. Silly things that are so annoying to go through and fix now.

Anyway. This is going to be a big year for me. A big year, with big goals. I can’t wait for the new year to start and all the fun, amazing things it will bring. 🙂

New Habits

I can’t decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I was out with friends last night and ended up bullshitting until 10:30, which is well past my up at 5 bedtime. I turned off my early morning alarms because that would be an exercise in futility. My brain went PING! TIME FOR WRITING!!! at 6. I was up and working. I had a full listen to the Requiem and got some good writing done.

I’m a little sleepy, not going to lie, but the feeling of accomplishment is better than my occasional yawn. It was only ~1500 words, not sure how much exactly because I’m doing this Embezzling Oma project longhand and I still need to transcribe it. But, more than a thousand in any case.

I think this was exactly what I needed to get me back on track with my writing. This push in the morning and my brain is loving it. The fact I’m up and so happily at 6 is pretty indicative of how much my brain is loving this.

So, here’s to new habits. Here’s to productivity. Here is to my scribbles!