Monthly Book Draft Challenge : December

My Writing Challenge for 2017 is coming to an end!!

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Honestly, I’m so weirdly excited about this. I started this year with a lot of hope and even more hesitation about what I wanted to accomplish. I didn’t create a lot of specific goals because I was worried that if I did I would become too overwhelmed and never finished anything. But I like charts and I like being organized, so I started small.

In January I began my Monthly Book Draft Challenge, which was really just a way for me to keep track of how many words I’d written with the use of a pretty spreadsheet. November aside, I didn’t give myself specific word goals. Instead, the aim was to simply keep myself writing. I wanted the prize to be an ingrained writing habit, not just a number of words. 

Anyway, the fact that I didn’t give up on this challenge sometime in April is amazing to me. Even though not every month was fantastic in terms of output, I still consider it a complete success because I never stopped writing. Sure, I took brain-breaks and there were times when I had to beat the words into submission with a crowbar, but ultimately everything always took an upswing again. I kept going. Guys, this is HUGE for me.

At the end of each month, I got to see those little bars grow longer, and I have to say, it’s enthralling to know I’m the one who did all that work. So now it’s the end of the year, and it’s time to look back and see where I ended up.

JANUARY 2017

Fairytale: 47k
Gingerbread: 57k
Ocean’s Daughter: 20k
Spellbound: 17k
Crucible: 50k

Total: 191k

191k. Guys.

191K.

To some people that number is huge, and to others it’s positively minuscule, but to me? To me, it’s simply amazing (also, remember I completely started over on Ocean’s Daughter which accounts for the missing 1k but I counted it since it was all freshly written).

I wanted to write. I said I wanted to be a writer. And for the first time, I applied what that meant to real life. I wrote. I know that sounds totally obvious and maybe a little ridiculous, but I’ve found that writing is a complicated journey. It’s not just words. Writers pour so much of themselves into their work, that the words take on a whole new meaning. It’s personal and raw and real, and it can all be too much. That’s what I see when I look at those 191k words.

But let’s take a quick look at the month of December, yes?

So what happened this month? 

  • Christmas! I won’t lie, Christmas is a pretty big deal in my house, and this year was just as amazing as ever. This has definitely been a year of overcoming obstacles, and I really feel like Christmas is the day we try to put aside the troubles and the bad and be thankful we still have each other. Maybe it’s a bit cheesy, but I think it’s one of those things you definitely start to realize the older you get – how easy it is to lose people.
  • My husband and I saw the Aladdin Broadway show!! The tickets were a gift from my older sister and OH-EM-GEE (do you young folk still say that?), it was amazing!!! I’ve been wanting to see a Disney Broadway show for ages and Aladdin did not disappoint!
  • I got a promotion! Like most writers, I DO have a day job, and I’ve been with my company for….pfft, 4-5-6 years? Honestly, they all start to blur together. Anyway, promotion! Go me!!!

All in all, I set out what I wanted to do. I made a goal, and I stuck with it. I don’t yet know what I’ll do next year, but for right now I’m simply embracing what I accomplished for now. Two complete first drafts, three WIPs and too many outlines to count. I’m so excited!

Did you accomplish your writing goals this year? What do you have planned for next year? Are you excited for 2018?

4 Comments

  1. Ahh congrats on your writing THAT IS AMAZING PROGRESS!! And a lovely finished wordcount for the year there too. <3 I had my most productive writing year of EVER this year and I probably wore myself out a little 😂 But I have so much to look forward to working on next year. Eeep. Also super much congrats for your promotion!!

    1. Author

      Thank you!! Omg, your wordcount is the stuff of dreams! I don’t know how your fingers aren’t on fire, like, ALL the time! Haha, I’ll be happy with my baby success 😉

      Next year is going to be amazing!!! I’ll be going back and editing (eek, a little bit scared!), and of course looking forward doubly so to my birthday to see your book in print!

  2. EEEEEEE, onstage Aladdin!!! Seeing the show was one of the highlights of my 2017 as well. ^o^

    And congrats on growing your pile of words! It’s always a joy to see one’s goals met. My writing plans for the coming year are pretty low-key, so far. Just got a new day job myself, for one thing, and consciously making the effort to fit in writing time around it all is … well, that’s a challenge right there. So I don’t want to push myself too hard, too fast, and sprain my newly-healing writer spirit. That being said, I’m starting slow-but-steady work on a new short story I’m hoping will go places, plus there’s my list of upcoming publications to keep on schedule… Let’s do it, 2018!

    1. Author

      Yes!! Aladdin was AMAZING!! Finally got one of my bucket list items done! 😀

      Thank you!! I’m still pretty boggled myself at what I managed to write 🙂 And I think that’s definitely a good goal! Actually, when I started writing last year I also didn’t have a definite word goal, I simply just wanted to write more (even if it was only a few words a day), so there’s a good chance you’ll end up with more words than you expect. Best of luck!!! And don’t forget to share what happens with your short story!

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