I’ve been writing more and more over the last couple of years. But the effort I have put in in 2013 was more than any year so far. I set myself a couple of goals and worked towards them, and so far it has been a great success.
Amount written: 150.000 words
While the final tally is not in yet (there’s more than a week still to go), I think before the year is over I will have written more than 150.000 words. Nothing amazing, but still more than I have ever written before. I don’t think I ever did more than 100.000 in a year. And now I’ve surpassed that by 50%. Not bad.
So what did I do with all these words? I wrote a novel for one. It’s an urban fantasy novel, inspired largely by The Dresden Files. It was really fun to write, and I am currently editing it, so I can hopefully turn it into something decent. The book is around 90.000 words.
I also won NaNoWriMo, adding another 50.000 words to the tally. Again it was urban fantasy, but it is different enough. It is also utter crap, thanks to the NaNo speed of writing, but it was fun to do.
Other than that I have submitted a short story to an anthology (did not get published, but that’s ok) and submitted two more short stories to Dutch writing contests. Results of those are coming next year. We’ll see how that goes.
Write every day
While the amount of words is not monumental, I’m proud I made it so far. My goal for this year was to write a minimum of 250 words a day, and strive for 10.000 words a month on my novel. That turned out to be pretty doable, especially when I had a long commute in the first half of the year. Of course NaNo added significantly to my word count, but that was also on the back of consistent daily writing goals.
I did not actually write 250 words a day, now that I have started editing my manuscript. But some amount of time spent on writing-related activities keeps me going. And I have averaged a good amount over 250 a day. I am also keeping track of my writing streak, and I’ve gotten so far I really don’t want to drop the ball.
I want to try and keep up my productivity for next year. At the same time, I am going to be spending the first months working on editing my novel written last year. I also don’t think I will do another NaNoWriMo. I’m happy I did it, but it was rather intense, and I’m not sure I want another month like that this soon.
With that said, I have a really fun idea for my next novel, and am busy laying some groundwork in really short stories about the world it is set in. I plan to start writing it in March and want to be done not too long after the summer. I also think it will be a bit longer, around 120.000 words.
Another thing I want to do is breathe some life back into my blog about mobile development. Of all of the sites I made that are slumbering now, it is the one that pulls in the most visitors. I hope that by adding a bunch of new posts, it will thrive even more. And maybe I can turn it into something nice for more writing opportunities.