Before getting into the swing of things for 2019, I would like to take a moment to relax, think about all that happened in 2018, and take a look at what I’d like to do in 2019.
2018 was a pretty good year for me. A lot happened, but I think I would like to start by looking at the writing goals I made for 2018.
2018 Writing Goals
There were only three writing goals that really mattered to me, and those were:
- Write 250,000 words over the year
- Revise my witch novel
- Rewrite, or plan a rewrite for my time travel novel
Those are some pretty lofty goals, and unfortunately, I wasn’t able to reach them.
I got the closest with my 250,000 words in a year goal, closing off the year with 247,884.
To be perfectly honest, I actually expected that I would surpass 250,000 easily, and that I’d have a much more productive writing year than I actually did.
Despite that, I’m feeling very satisfied with the amount I did manage to write, as I also focused a lot on art this year, which took a portion of my creative energy that I would have otherwise dedicated to writing.
As for the next goal, my revision goal, I actually ended up doing two partial rewrites of my witch novel. Part of my problem is that I’ve never revised a novel before, so my fear of attempting something so unknown is really holding me back.
My time travel novel just wasn’t something that I had the time or energy for during 2018. I’m still in love with the concept behind it though, so I’m sure I’ll get around to finishing off that story some time in the future.
January – March
Now that I’ve taken a look at my 2018 goals, I would like to take a look at the months throughout the previous year, starting with January to March.
I can’t remember much from those months, other than the shear amount of productivity that I had, preparing blog posts so that I could hopefully complete Camp NaNoWriMo in April. During the peak of my productivity during those months, I was writing and editing between eight and twelve blog posts each week.
But that didn’t last too long, and by the time that April rolled around I was pretty thoroughly burnt out.
One of the important things that happened to me was in March, when I decided to split off my blogs, and create a separate blog specifically about writing. This was how Cozy Creative Writing was born, and it really helped me settle into a blogging niche.
Camp NaNoWriMo during April didn’t go very well for me.
If I remember correctly I originally aimed for 80,000 words during the month, but then lowered my goal. I think I only got around 40,000 or 50,000 words done, though a good part of that was thanks to my first experience of ever writing fan fiction.
May – July
May and June are pretty fuzzy for me, but I remember that after the first few months of 2018 I really needed to take a break, so I eased up on the writing and spent some time doing art and enjoying the warm weather.
I also didn’t do much writing during July, as I was busy doing a computer science course and volunteering at a local university. Overall, that was a fun experience, and a much needed change of schedule.
In August I reached a wonderful milestone, as that was the first year anniversary of my blogging!
Blogging was something that I had wanted to do for awhile, but fear of the unknown really held me back. Finally, in August of 2017, I decided to just go for it, and I’ve been loving it ever since.
Of course, blogging has its ups and downs, and there were times where I needed breaks, but I’m so happy that I’ve been able to stick with it for over a year so far.
September – October
September was an interesting and busy month for me. It was the first time in awhile that I sat down and got serious about my art, and I began making preparations for both Inktober (a month-long art event) and NaNoWriMo (a month-long writing event).
During September I prepared sketches for Inktober and got blog posts ready for October and November.
This schedule followed during October, as I spent that month inking illustrations and preparing blog posts and outlines for NaNoWriMo.
November… well it didn’t go as well as I thought it would.
For whatever reason, I became incredibly unmotivated during November, and I didn’t want to do anything.
I don’t think I was burnt out, even though my symptoms lined up with burn out. I still had the energy and inspiration for work, I just didn’t want to. No matter what I did the words just wouldn’t flow.
I had originally planned to write 100,000 words during NaNoWriMo, but I ended up clocking in at about 50,000.
Unfortunately these things happen, and not every month will be my best writing month ever. Sometimes there just isn’t any motivation, or inspiration, or energy, and that’s okay.
December was a pretty peaceful month, spent focusing on finishing up some art pieces, preparing my 2019 art course, and enjoying the winter holidays.
I’m not expecting anything too big during 2019, at least, not writing wise.
I’m saying goodbye to the mindset of NaNoWriMo, and I’m going to go slow and steady trying to revise my witch novel throughout the entirety of the year.
NaNoWriMo was great to me for a long time, but I’ve gotten too used to just hammering out a novel in a month and then abandoning it. It’s time for me to slow down, and work through something slowly and steadily.
I’m also going to be blogging about art over on my main site: Cozy Rebekah. Don’t worry, the art posts won’t replace the writing posts. You’ll still get weekly writing posts on Wednesdays, but you’ll also be getting weekly art posts on Fridays, if you want to follow my main site.
Most of the big stuff for 2019 will come in the form of art, as I’m going to be running a year long art course to improve my skills and to see if I want to do concept art professionally.
Overall, I have a good feeling about 2019, and I look forward to seeing what the new year holds.