Monthly Book Draft Challenge : February

It’s the end of the month, and keeping up with the spirit of my 2017 goal, it’s time to check in on my Monthly Book Draft Challenge!

Let’s see what February looks like!

So, how was my improvement?

Fairytale: 15k
Gingerbread: 0
Ocean’s Daughter: 1k

Total: 16k

Alright! Approximately 16,000 new words for the month of February! That’s not bad at all! As you can see, most of my new words went into Fairytale. I’ve really been focused on completing that draft first, and admittedly it’s striking me with the most inspiration at the moment. Unfortunately, Gingerbread fell to the wayside a bit, but I have to remind myself that’s to be expected when I’m working between 3 projects at a time. Ocean’s Daughter only received 1k more words as I merely finished up the end quite quickly as more of an outline to go back to later.

I admit, even though the goal was simply to write every day, I was hoping for about double what I achieved. Obviously, that didn’t happen.

So what happened this month? 

  • The weekends! Wow, I’ve learned it’s almost impossible for me to write on the weekends!  I never realized just how many errands I do on the weekend, but I guess that’s what happens when I don’t have time to do anything during the week.
  • I’m a bit rusty. I’ve only been writing off an on since last November, so getting into the habit of writing every day was a little more challenging than I anticipated.
  • Also, we adopted a new puppy!

Look how cute she is!!! Of course, this put my writing on hold for a few days while she took the time to settle in and go potty every five minutes. Needless to say, puppies take a lot of time!

So even though I didn’t achieve quite as many words as I’d hoped, I’m still proud that I kept my nose to the grind and kept on writing. Even if I took a day or two off, I always made sure I got back on the wagon and didn’t stop.

I know 16k words might not seem like a lot, and some folks can write as much (or more!) in a week. But another part of this process is working on not comparing myself to others. Because in the end, I still wrote 16 NEW words toward my finished novel, and that’s nothing to sneeze at! After all, I’d rather be working toward my goal, even if it’s slowly, than not working toward it at all.

Onward to March!

How was your writing progress for February? Do you tend to favor one project over another? Do you have any adorable puppies to distract you from writing?

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