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Hello Family, Friends, and Fans!
I have a lot going on in my writing journey, as well as in my personal life. But there’s one thing I am very proud of: I hit the first milestone of the year. I completed and published blog posts on the 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st of January 2023!
Now, I just have to keep this momentum going, and I am armed with a plan to do so, as well as keep up with my writing projects and personal life goals.
In January, I only missed three days of writing. It didn’t matter what I wrote, but I kept track of my word counts in different areas of my life:
- Writing fiction, outlines, blurbs, marketing materials, and blog posts.
- Miscellaneous, including journalling, editing (not as a word count, but just a record of days I edited), etc.
The three days I missed writing were when I was traveling for the day or had plans with friends, along with one “burnout” day where I didn’t write a word.
The burnout day happened when I felt out of spoons (as a measurement of energy), so I took the day off. When I did the math to see why I felt burned out, I realized that I had written over four thousand words in three days and had a traveling day in the middle, as well as the first draft of a six-page school paper due.
So I took a deep breath and made a plan to slow down so I could work my way back up to writing one thousand words of fiction a day without burnout.
I bargained with myself to help myself get started with the daunting task of writing my dragon project because I am at that halfway point where the project has lost its luster, and I want to move on to something else. I told myself that if I write two or more pages of my dragon project, then I can use the rest of my writing time to work on whatever strikes my fancy, whether that’s a blog post, editing the novel I plan on publishing this year, outlining the second book in the Poseidon’s Object series, or doing schoolwork.
Just like the photo I chose above, the writing journey is full of hills and valleys. I’m learning to take things as they come and adjust my goals and plans to align them with who I want to be and aim for the success that I define for myself.
- Write two pages or more per day on my dragon project.
- Keep up with schoolwork, including reading ahead and keeping up with the assignments, so I don’t procrastinate until the last minute.
- Write a blog post every week on the 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th of February 2023.
- Make a story bible for the Poseidon’s Object series by reading through the first book and compiling quotes and information directly from the text.
- Write and edit these blog posts on the day before I send them out. There’s no need to schedule them, but save them as a draft and then post them the day they are due, at my convenience.
Thank you for your continued support, family, friends, and fans. You keep me going.