In the back of my mind, this was an unsuccessful year for writing. I'm still un-agented and un-published. But when I opened my thoughts to that notion, I realized the error of it.
This blog post is to help set me straight.
Entered a short story swap. Wrote Kill Curse, a 4750 word story that was beta'd by about ten talented and generous people. I was humbled by the amount of help and amazed by the little turbo boost the experience gave my writing abilities.
Finished my Nano draft from 2016, which topped out at a ridiculous 129,000. Joined twitter. Started doing a little critiquing for others.
Rewrote 2015's Nano draft. Managed 50k in April and about 25k in May, but spring work started to interfere.
No writing. Summer "break" (more like 'work'. My writerly winter's are my breaks.)
Wrote a new ending for the 2015 Nano draft. Topped out at 110k. (Yes, I have a problem.) Kill Curse won an Honorable Mention by the Writers of the Future contest (I need to sub it to more places).
Edited 2016 Nano draft down to 103,000. Peew! Then formatted it, wrote a query and synopsis for it (*shudder*) and submitted it to Author Mentor Match (big shudder!). (Spoiler: My project didn't find a match.) Again, totally blown away/humbled by the generosity of the writing community. Made new writing friends. I also printed it--yay!
Gaaah, the writers month from hell! I love Nano, but this year was super hard. I only had 4 days to outline my idea for a new novel, which is not my normal practice. I was sick for the 2nd week and didn't get much writing done, which put me way behind. But In the end, I eeked past the finish line with a really messy mess of words and have hardly written since.
I realized I didn't read enough this year and fell headlong into my TBR pile on goodreads. Sweet spaghetti, I forgot how much I love reading and how important it is for keeping the juices flowing! I critted some other projects, did a bit of outlining, as well as joined the same short story swap that generated Kill Curse.
In total, I wrote over 200k, producing two 2nd drafts, 50k of a new one, and a short story. But I'm more excited by the writerly people I've met and the experiences I've gained and traded by critting for others and making friends. I hope to do a lot more of that in 2018 as I continue to work on these drafts.