When I first wrote this post, it looked like I was going to have read fewer books in March than in February. Then I had two very long train journeys (15 hours in all) so the number of books I read went up. I enjoyed what I read a lot more than February, which is always a plus I took part in one readathon this month, a weekly one in the last full week of March and it went well.
So my novel that I had to finish for Nanowrimo is still going nowhere. But I’ve decided to change one of my short stories into a novella. It’s a fairytale retelling (because I can’t stop reading them lately and they’re very inspiring) about what would happen if Cinderella was a little more ambitious. I’m ten thousand words in and when I’m a little closer to getting it published, I’ll talk a little more about it. But I’m feeling enthusiastic about it!
Happy New Year!
In 2016, I had a good reading year. My Goodreads goal was 25 books because I was trying to get back into the swing of reading again. I read 132 books so it can be safely said that I did well in that goal! For this year, I have made the goal of reading a minimum of 80 books.
Now I will be going abroad for eight months and taking physical books with me will take up room in my bags that could be used for other things. I have 32 books on my shelves which I haven’t read. Three are sequels to books I haven’t read, so they can wait until I come back, which leaves 29 books. I plan to read at least 10 books before I leave on the 23rd January. Then when I come back, I will finish the rest of them off before I buy anymore.
I will be doing the Mount TBR challenge on Goodreads (a challenge where you try and get through your unread TBR list, both physical books and e-books). The rule is that you can move up mountains but you can’t go down, so I’m going to start low and say I’ll start on Mount Blanc.
I also want to read more diversely. I liked the look of the Diverse December Bingo and ohbookish did a post about a yearly Diversity Bingo 2017 and I would like to try to read one book from every square.
I have rediscovered my local library. I won’t be able to use it when I’m abroad but when I’m here in the UK, I want to use it as much as possible. Show my support! I will aim to take 20 books out of the library.
- Read minimum of 80 books
- Read 10 physical books I already own.
- Read 24 books that I already own.
- Read a book for every square on the Diversity Bingo 2017.
- Read 20 library books.
So I’ve been both successful and unsuccessful on my writing goals this year. I haven’t got a book any closer to publishing, but on the other hand I’ve won Camp Nanowrimo and Nanowrimo all the times I’ve done it. I have been far more frequent in my blog posts, especially now I’m watching Booktube and seeing all the reading challenges going on.
I would like to continue with the frequency of blog posts so I’m going to try and post one book review a week and one discussion post a week.
On my personal writing front, I’ve got a novella in the works which I’m hoping to get done by the end of January and sent off to my beta readers by then. And I would like to finish the Dragon Keepers trilogy and get the first one at least ready to publish by the end of the year. Basically a book published at the end of the year.
I see all these great blog posts on wordpress but I never know what to say, or think that no one really cares what I say. However I know how much I like getting comments, so my goal will be to comment at least once a week on someone’s else blog post.
- One book review a week
- One discussion post a week
- One book published (on Amazon) at the end of the year
- Comment on someone else’s blog at least once a week.
And to top everything off, I’ll do a monthly update about all these goals. It will help to make sure I don’t forget about this goals and will bring my mind constantly back to them.
Starts tomorrow! I would love to stay up to start writing for Nanowrimo at midnight but 1) I’m not sure I’ll be able to do anything apart from sleep on my keyboard if I do and 2) a lot of people who take part in Nanowrimo are in the Americas so their midnight would be a lot later than mine and would take half the fun out of starting at midnight. Getting up early and doing some writing straight away would probably be more my thing.
I have mostly everything ready and I’ve got a lovely comfy writing space, though I’ll probably move around the house. I’ll be doing at least a weekly post about how I’m doing at Nanowrimo and I’ll post any more links or resources I find over the month.
This is my far more personal nanowrimo prep post which includes my checklist of what I need to get done before 1st November. It is far, far longer than I anticipated.
I have handed in my notice at work and I’m going to be off for the last two months of the year. This is partly so I can see my cousin’s new baby and spend Christmas with my family and partly so I have some time off to prepare to travel to Australia.
It also means that I have seemingly acres of free time, which doesn’t normally work out well for me. Before I started my job, I had about six months where I didn’t do much of anything (well, I finished and handed in my dissertation but then nothing else after that) and while I wasn’t in the best place mentally, I am still worried about falling into that trap. There’s Nanowrimo and I want to at least be ready to publish by the end of the year – I need to be very organised.
If anyone has any tips for motivating yourself to get things done when all you have is time, then please send them my way!
One of the things I love about Nanowrimo/Camp Nanowrimo is that for the whole month that novel is my priority. No waffling over which one is most important (deadlines/payment inclined usually), that’s it. That is my writing project.
And now the month is over and I’m back with several projects claiming my attention and me with no idea which one to work on first.
Maybe I should draw lots.
I’ve started Camp Nanowrimo for July with very similar people in the cabin that I had last time. It’s in the same universe I’ve been writing in for the past year (and I swear I’m going to get the first book ready for publishing by the end of December) so I know it well. I’m working on the second book of the trilogy, or rather, I’m rewriting it because that is apparently what I do with these books.
The only trouble is that I’ve looked at my extensive plan for the book and realised that the middle of the book is weak. It wasn’t terribly exciting to write and nothing much happens between them starting the quest and the conclusion of the quest. Despite it being a dangerous quest, my FMC (female main character) is never in any real danger until the very end.
The first book I wrote in this series I liked to reread at times, this book I found myself bored rereading it and that is never a good sign. So I’m changing that.
I have just finished my first week of Camp Nanowrimo and I am redoing my whole plan. I don’t make this easy on myself, do I?
The word ‘plans’ is starting to look really weird right now.
It’s been nearly two weeks since I finished Camp Nanowrimo and I think that’s a long enough break from my novel right now. Any longer and it will be another rewrite for the July Camp and I really want to move on from this novel, or at least send it off to my writing group to get their opinions. In order to do that, I need to transform this novel into something I don’t mind other people reading by the middle of June preferably.
This novel I worked on during Camp, I See Fire, is, I think, the fourth rewrite in this world. The characters and plot were very different in the first one but I think every rewrite has improved things. But now it needs to get better and fast. Or as fast as it can go along with working full-time.
The two articles I’m looking at while editing is this one from Bookbaby, which has a more wider view of editing, and this one from Marissa Meyer, which is part of an extensive series of articles about taking your book to publish. I do better when I have a plan (hence the title) and especially ones laid out like this. With editing, it’s so tempting to jump straight in and get bogged down with how much work I have to do (it’s going to be more of a second draft than editing, I think), but if I actually want to get work done, I have to break it down into small chunks.
So I finished the draft of I See Fire! Normally when I do Nanowrimo, I meet my word count and then I lose all motivation. Last year for Camp Nanowrimo, I set myself 30,000 word goal, met it halfway through the month and then stopped writing altogether on that novel (did a lot of writing on other things instead). So this year, I am really happy because I met my 50,000 word count goal on the 23rd (when I did a 10k day) and then kept writing until I finished this draft. Continue reading “Finished! Done! Completed!”