My Writing Challenge for 2017 is coming to an end!! 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 aRead More →

NOVEMBER IS OVER PEOPLE! I don’t think I have ever been quite so happy to have aged another 30 days. Wow. WOW. This month was something else. And by something else, I mean it was probably the best NaNoWriMo I’ve ever had. And if you still don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, then where have you even been? But really, I’m exhausted. I don’t want to get too into it since I’m sure there’ll be a million memes and beautiful questions to answer about how NaNo went (because obviously, you’re dying to know about my novel), so I’m actually going to keep this month’s Book Draft Challenge check-in brief. Don’tRead More →

The end of the year is nigh!! Seriously, what is happening with the world? October is already over, NaNoWriMo is literally lurking right around the corner and then comes the beautiful glittery catastrophe that is December. What? Then it’s over? No more 2017? WHAT IS GOING ON??? Okay, it’s fine. I’m not panicking. Are you panicking. WHOSE PANICKING??? Let’s take a breath. Aside from the fact that October is GONE, that also means I can check in on my Monthly Book Draft Challenge! I had a bit of a major crash last month, but with NaNo coming up I knew I needed to pull myselfRead More →

Oh boy. Are we ready to look at September’s progress? Me neither. Let’s get this over with.   Fairytale: 0 Gingerbread: 6k Ocean’s Daughter: 0 Total: 6k Oh. Well. Huh. (should I remove Fairytale and Gingerbread from the list since they’re done now?) Okay, I mentioned in August I felt like I was starting to slow down, and I definitely feel that’s the case. I’ve never really focused so intently on my writing before, so I think I’m still learning how to balance daily writing with my day-to-day life and this decrease in output was inevitable. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself. SoRead More →

Another month down, only four more to go! That’s right, we’re moving into the last quarter of the year! Wow, it sounds a little freaky when I say it that way. Let’s not dwell on the freaky. You know what we should dwell on instead? This month’s monthly book draft challenge! Let’s check in! Fairytale: 3k Gingerbread: 8k Ocean’s Daughter: 0 Total: 11k Yup. Just about what I expected. I’ve noticed that on my slower months I tend to average about 11-12k, so this seems to fit in with that trend. I already was prepared for a minimal output, so I’m not that surprised IRead More →

We’re into the second half of the year, and my writing is definitely feeling it. Don’t believe me? Let’s look at the progress for this month. Fairytale: 3k Gingerbread: 7k Ocean’s Daughter: 4k TOTAL: 14k Wow, this was a pretty abysmal month, wasn’t it? I’ve started to realize that I have about a 1 month cap of working on a single project. Any longer than that and my mind starts to go a little haywire and my productivity drops tenfold. So although I told myself I would use July to continue working on Ocean’s Daughter, after about a week of sludging through I realized IRead More →

We have reached the middle of the year! June is officially over people! Okay, yes, I am excited. Let’s have a little moment to reminisce, shall we? I started this monthly writing challenge back in January of this year as a way to challenge myself. I’ve always wanted to write, but for some reason or another it was never the “right time”. But this year I was determined to change all that. I created this challenge as a way to motivate myself, and my graph as a representation of my progress. This is the first time I haven’t thrown in the towel on my writingRead More →

Another month has gone by, so time to check in on my Monthly Book Draft Challenge! I feel like I got into a pretty good groove this month and I’m excited to see the results, so let’s just jump right to it. Fairytale: 15k Gingerbread: 18k Ocean’s Daughter: 0k Total: 33k Wowza! Yes! Now that’s what I’m talking about! Without a doubt, this has been my most productive month yet! 33 thousand beautiful new words, almost double my initial output when I first began this challenge! I’m still aiming to reach the elusive 50k words in a month that NaNoWriMo likes to dangle in frontRead More →

Alright folks, it’s the end of the month,time to check on my handy dandy Monthly Book Draft Challenge graph! I know the graphs are a bit tedious one right after another, but I feel it’s important not to lose track of my progress and the journey I’ve made so far this year. I promise, soon enough I’ll get into some real discussions and discourse. But for now, let’s look at April! Fairytale: 3k Gingerbread: 10k Ocean’s Daughter: -2k Total: 13k Hmmm. Overall, an additional 13k new words. It’s still not as great as the 16k I managed my first month in February, but it’s stillRead More →

It’s the end of the month, and time to check in on my Monthly Book Draft Challenge! As usual, I am comparing my progress of words from this month to last month’s word count. I find I’m really enjoying this process, since it gives me a nice visual way to reflect on my writing habits, process and goals. (Plus who doesn’t like pretty graphs?) Fairytale: 8k Gingerbread: 4k Ocean’s Daughter: 0 Total: 12k Interesting! Wow, to be perfectly honest, I had no idea I had written that much this month! Sure, I know 12k isn’t super amazing, and it doesn’t quite level up to myRead More →