Happy New Year!
The last week or so has been a blur, and I didn’t get everything I wanted done, but 2015 is here and I am excited. I thought I’d start off with a review of my #WriteOrDie progress, where for the first time, I made a serious commitment to writing and started to track my writing progress through the year. I even kept an Excel spreadsheet to track my daily word count across several writing projects.
Although I started tracking in February, I wrote 164,645 words in 2014. To put that in perspective, Shadow Assassins clocks in at about 79,000 words and Warpath at a meager 63,000 words. Most of what I wrote was split between the third book in the Second Realm Trilogy and a side project that I don’t know if I’ll release yet. (It’s not fantasy and not too family-friendly)
To be honest, 164k words is the most I’ve ever done in a single year. Before I committed to my #WriteOrDie promise, writing happened whenever I found the time, between school, family and other obligations. This year I put myself to writing as a professional would, and as a result, I am incredibly proud of what I’ve accomplished. 2014 was the first year that I saw my writing as a career instead of a hobby. Because of that, I’ve learned to put myself on a good sleep schedule, because less sleep means a grumpy writer too tired to write (or think). I’ve learned the importance of planning ahead, because ideas don’t always stick around. I learned how to make use of Evernote, which is actually one of the most useful tools I’ve found for taking short notes across different digital devices. After the previous writing app on my phone somehow wiped all of the notes I had, I got smart and looked for an app that would keep notes stored where I can access them easily and not try and restore from a backup (which didn’t restore my notes anyway, so I lost a lot of good ideas and only remember a handful). Hell, in the earliest part of the year, I would disconnect from the internet on my computer and phone so I could work in peace – and that’s incredibly hard to do, when the internet is a huge part of who I am. I keep it on now for fact checking and yes, I got distracted by cat videos as any proper internet addict might. But the discipline is building. The motivation and drive are there.
And now I have a goal for 2015.
I’m pretty terrible at keeping resolutions, so instead of making a New Year’s resolution I know I’ll forget about, I told myself that I simply wanted to grow. Grow in writing – and make that 164k writing accomplishment grow in the coming year. Grow in love, in family and friendship, skill and accomplishment. Whatever is coming up in 2015, I just want to grow, and learn from what holds me back. There are things I did (or didn’t do) that I want to make up for in 2015, somehow. Maybe this is the typical New Year’s optimism talking, I don’t know. But 2015 is a new year and there is so much room for growth.
Welcome to 2015, friends. I said last year that 2014 would be my year, but you know what? I am going to conquer in 2015, and there is no stopping me. Get ready. 2015 is going to be a wild ride.