Monthly Book Draft Challenge!

I have decided that 2017 is going to be my year of changes. Positive changes! Changes in MY control! My biggest change?

Pursuing my dream of becoming a published author!

Like many budding authors, seeing my name in print has been a lifelong dream. I have many novels in various stages of completion (you can read about them more in my Books page!), and this is the year I’m finally going to make them a reality. I know this is going to be a slow process, and I don’t yet have the discipline or time to sit down and pound out a thousand words at a time. For now, the goal is simply to get myself writing every day. Whether I write 5 words or 500 words, I’ll be happy.

To keep a visual of my progress, I went ahead and created this:

Voila! The official chart for my Monthly Book Draft Challenge!

I know, it’s not incredibly fancy and there are charts and things I can use online, but I wanted something a little more basic, and that I could save on my desktop. It’s updated in 1k word increments, so while it’s not incredibly accurate (I never round up), I still feel like it gives a pretty good idea of my general progress.

At the moment I am only working on first drafts, which, for me, tend to wind up fairly short. I am also limiting myself by only working on 3 different projects at a time. I figure this gives me enough variety that if I wind up getting writer’s block I can easily switch to another novel and not lose too much steam. Limiting myself also helps motivate me to writer faster, since the sooner I finish one project, the sooner I can start on something new!

This here is the word count starting back in January, and I’ll be adding the following months over the next few days to show my progress so far. As you can see, I have a little bit of a head start on some of my projects. Ocean’s Daughter was my NaNoWriMo project for 2016, and I started Fairytale and Gingerbread soon after. While I still have a long way to go, I’m so excited that after months of planning they are finally starting to come together.

I’ll be checking in at the end of every month to see how my progress went. Let’s see where 2017 takes me!

Are you tackling any new projects for 2017? Do you use word-counters or any other tools to keep you on track? Tell me about your 2017 goals and challenges!

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