How did I do with meeting my goals this month? It looked okay at first, but if I stay at this pace throughout the year, I’ll miss my intended target by almost 48,000 words. I definitely need to up my game.
Managed to write 6 blogs posts this month, or down one from January 2016.
Word count isn’t bad. 34,466 for the month, or 4,072 over last January.
- Social Media: 19,932
- Email: 4,309
- School: 4,860
- Non-Fiction: 0
- Blog: 4,956
I don’t really have the numbers to compare to last year because I changed the way I’m counting. But my Non-Fiction category, which last year included social media and email, was just over 19,000. My blog writing was over 7,300 words last January vs. the 4,300 this year. But last year I was in the middle of promoting The Sad Girl, so I was writing more blog posts.
I read 4 books last month: Hope’s Peak; Unintended Consequences; The Debt Collector; and Cold Truth. Managed to squeeze in a beta read for a friend too, which got me hooked on his series. I’ll have to get to work on that soon. I’ll have a review post up later this week for those books.
I was looking for something else entirely the other day and came across Lawrence Block’s Telling Lies for Fun and Profit and Stephen King’s On Writing. I want to reread both of those this year, probably early in the summer. I know Block’s book seems way out of date, but my recollection is that he spends more time talking about craft and butt-in-chair stuff than he does the mechanics of the publishing industry. I read a #MondayBlogs post this week that talked about the importance of reading books on writing craft. I realized I haven’t read much on craft in quite a long time. I’m going through Writing Fiction for my short fiction class at school and taking in a couple of craft sessions at the OWFI Conference in May.
Looking at my goals for the year, I can cross #8 off. I’ve made my reservations for the OWFI conference in May. I’m really looking forward to it, especially the chance to meet Ben Montgomery. He did a stunning story on the brutality surrounding Florida’s Dozier School for Boys. That’s the kind of story I want to tell. There are so many sessions that I want to get to, I’m going to have a tough time choosing!
I’m also partway through #9. I’ve been asked to speak at the mini-con Writer’s Pad is holding in March at the Muskogee Public Library. Details will be on Facebook and my Appearances page here.
I’m starting to get excited about writing again.
How was your month?
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