At the end of last year, I told you a few writing-related things I wanted to accomplish in 2017.
I’ve come to the terrifying but also amazing realization that 2017 is almost over.
Which means it’s time for me to share an annual update that honestly explains whether or not I actually accomplished the things I said I was going to, how I did so, or why I was unsuccessful.
First: did I finish writing any books this year? The answer probably won’t surprise you, if you’ve been following me long enough.
Finish writing previous NaNoWriMo novels before November
Did I do it? HAHAHAHA nope
Why not? Honestly? I was not expecting to switch to writing full-time for a single company. I had to completely revamp my schedule and that usually meant novel-writing time had to go into the “if I can make it happen, I’ll try my best” category.
Will I try again next year? Actually, yes. I’m almost done with this year’s book, as well as the book from two years ago. I love these stories. I want to finish them even if I never look at them again after the fact. They’re my CHILDREN.
Participate in NaNoWriMo
Did I do it? Yeah! I won too!
How? Because I’M NOT RIGHT IN THE HEAD. Actually, I’ve done this so many times that it just found a comfortable place in my daily schedule and we managed to figure out how to make it work. If you want, you can watch my video on how to win even if you’ve never tried before.
Will I do it again? …..No. Yes. Maybe. Probably not. We’ll see.
Post daily and grow my blog
Did I do it? Yes! All thanks to YOU!
How? What I usually tell people when they’re struggling to keep up with something is to force themselves to do it every day for a week, then another week, then a month. You don’t have to write a blog post every day to run a successful blog, but that’s what has worked for me. A few years ago, I just started publishing a new post daily, and I haven’t stopped. I don’t want to. It gives me life.
What did we accomplish? We almost doubled our subscriber count. We made a few dollars on Patreon. But most importantly, we all got to read and discuss a whole bunch of content about writing, and that’s still just so cool.
Thanks a million to my sole Patreon supporter! You’re awesome!
How’d you do on your writing goals this year? What held you back? What propelled you forward? Next week I’ll share my 2018 goals with you, and you can do the same with me. Let’s congratulate and encourage each other. We writers must stick together, after all.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.