2017 was definitely not the writing year that I had expected, but when I look back over 2017, it was a good writing year. I didn't get near as many words in as I had hoped, I'm not as far along in my writing projects as I had hoped, but I did make progress--and that's what counts, right?
Looking back at 2017, I was able to...
- Publish "Hartly Manor" (short story)
- Publish "The Secret Slipper" (book 2 of Tales of Faith series)
- Read 5 books on the writing craft (links to my reviews: The 12 Key Pillars to Novel Construction, Plot, The Story Cure, Creating Character Arcs, Write Well)
- Start hosting writing days at our house
- Finish second draft (major rewrite) of Nat's story and place it in the hands of beta readers
- Meet several new author friends
- Read 9 Civil War books (fiction and non-fiction)
- Read 2 medieval research books
- Purchase a couple (few?) dozen Civil War books (hey, thrift stores have amazing deals, okay?)
- Encourage others in their writing
- Begin keeping you all semi-regularly updated with my writing progress (and hearing you all comment--that has been a big highlight of my blogging/writing year!)
- Write some articles for Wordquill
- Start at least a half dozen short stories and novellas still unfinished :P
I'm sure there are plenty more writing blessings of 2017, but I'm coming off a week of sick-brain, which is fuzzy at best. ;) That at least gives you a glimpse.
Now, we get into 2018. I'll admit, I have some writing dreams and goals. All of these, I understand, will be carefully prayed through week by week. But you can't hit a target if you don't at least aim. I'm taking a challenge here--cause I usually am not one for big goals. So, with God's guidance and direction, I shall attempt to:
- FINISH NAT'S STORY!!! (yeah, that kinda has to be #1 with everyone breathing on my neck ;))
- Write book 3 of the Tales of Faith series
- Finish and publish 3 short stories that I began in 2017
- Start book 2 of Nat's journey
- Read 10 books on the writing craft (any suggestions?)
- Read 10 non-fiction/research books
Now, I'll admit, these look like crazy lofty goals for me because I realize how little writing time I usually have. So, while these are my goals, I'm also considering what I had asked y'all to be praying for a few weeks back: a balanced schedule. It is always possible that my teaching schedule will expand, and I'm going to try my best to keep an opening for family time. But when writing time happens, Lord willing those will be my goals.
What about you? What were you able to accomplish in writing 2017? Are you satisfied with those goals? Do they help you to make different goals for 2018?