Normally I do a big check-in and goal reassessment each quarter. I'm doing that a bit early when it comes to my publishing plan, in part due to NaNoWriMo wrapping up a couple of days ago.
Today I'd like to look back on November's progress and look forward to my plans for December and early in the New Year. I hope you'll share your own progress whether you took part in NaNo or not in the comments.
Here's where I stand as of the end of November.
- I reached my 50k word goal for fiction writing for NaNoWriMo. I'm thrilled that I pulled it off. Honestly I didn't think I would early on. I'm sure it was my word count approach that made it possible. I started out with higher word count goals and let the requirements decrease each week. This way, just when I started to feel like I might burn out, I had an easier time pushing through each day's goal. Not counting things like social media, forum updates, and copyediting / rewrites, that puts me at around 70k total words for the month. Given that it was a short month for me with the extended holiday break, that's not too bad.
- I completed the two picture book manuscripts planned for last month.
- I did not have a chance to write the two horror short stories I hoped to write last month. Instead I turned more of my attention to the novel.
- I still have about 20k words to go before the first draft of the novel is officially finished.
What happened last month will affect this month and likely the next couple of months beyond that. Here are the changes I know I'll need to make:
- The two horror short stories need to be bumped to December's writing schedule. That means I need to write three of them in total this month to stay on course.
- I was hoping to push past 50k words last month and finish the novel's first draft. That was a bit overly ambitious. So rather than moving on to revisions this month as planned, I'll work on finishing the first draft. Revisions would then start in January, and I suspect they'll take a few months to get through before it goes to beta readers. This will be my first revision cycle for a novel, so it will likely result in more significant changes to my editing plans over the year once I settle on a process and see how long it takes me.
- I'm introducing a new e-book series through this site -- The Busy Author's Guides to Book Marketing. I set up a website for the series last month, and will get the copy finished mostly this week. This month I'm planning to draft the first e-book in the series. And I'll have to work additional e-book drafts into my larger writing /publishing schedule. These e-books will be short as they'll cover very specific aspects of book marketing. My plan is to release at least three next year.
That's about all there is to it. Things went very well in November even if I had to move things around a bit. And even though I only work for three weeks in December, I'm hoping for another productive month. If all goes well, I'll have a completed first draft of the mystery novel, three short stories, an e-book draft, and two novel outlines for future projects all completed by the end of December.
What about you? Did you take part in NaNoWriMo? If so, did you reach your goal (whether or not that goal was the full 50k words)? Was it a learning experience? How will your progress in November, NaNo or not, affect your plans in December? Share your experiences and thoughts with us in the comments.
Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.
She owns 3 Beat Media - a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.
Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.
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