For me, accountability is key for me moving forward with my writing. So, here’s my irregularly scheduled check-in post, to let you know what I’ve been up to!
1. Query novel #1 at least 3 times every other week until I get an agent
(unless I’m revising it)
Well, thanks to that little caveat, I’ve only missed about 3 times this year. Because every time I hear back on a query, I take another look at my pages…
For reals, though. I’m planning on sending out another 3-8 queries in the next few weeks on WIP #1.
Although, from checking my SPAM folder with a hitherto now unknown diligence, I now know that the Nigerian Prince scam isn’t actually an urban legend. They come in ever 3-6 weeks, like clockwork.
2. Move forward with my picture book
I’ve done no research or revisions. I need to decide if I’m moving forward on this. It’s a sweet bedtime story, with little to make it stand out.
Plan? Find some picture book writers and see what they think: does it stand out, how should I edit it, or back to the drawing boards.
3. Revise at least one of my shelved rough drafts
Nope. But the year isn’t over? I don’t *think* I can count revising my WIP #1, again…
4. Write something NEW during NaNoWriMo
Well, I’ve got something new in my head. Working on getting a story ready, so I’m pretty sure I’m gonna write something new. I’m just hoping it’s more than 5,000 words.
I may start it early, but 50,000 in anything new should be reasonable for this goal.
5. Keep blogging and decide if vlogging is worth it
I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job at the blogging thing and I’m slowly building a vlogging audience.
My blog is growing – I average over 100 views a week thanks to viewers like you. I started a new Query Corner feature, that’s up to 25 queries already. I’m looking into a published author spotlight feature, so look out for that!
Plus, my vlog is growing – I average 25 views per post – eventually. Not amazing, but I remember when my blog was there.
6. Try to use social media better
This one I think I’m doing fine at.
- This is the year I wrote my own guide to social media
- I hit 5,000 followers on Twitter (last night)
- I’ve tried to use it regularly, not just for posting
- I’ve posted 132 things on Instagram – so beating my goal of 1 thing a week
- I’ve been using Tumblr more, joined the #writeblrs?
- I’ve earned 81 Reddit karma – even writing a couple short stories to add to r/noSleep. Thus, practicing this whole ‘writing short stories’ thing.
- I’m using Pinterest — we’ll see if it helps
- I joined a couple blogger groups, but I’m not sure if I’m the right demographic
7. Read an average of 2 books a month
BAM! Got this one.
I’ve been ranking them on GoodReads – and sometimes on Amazon. No bonus points for reviewing them, but I’ve already read 23 books this year – putting me 1 away from my yearly target.
* Bonus – Networking!
Okay, this one wasn’t a written goal, but I’m giving myself points for attending 3 different writers groups in the last 2 months, joining 2 of them, and reading my work aloud to an audience. Plus volunteering to help judge a writing contest.
Note to self: Remember to make time to write your fiction. Not just blogging, networking, and all the rest…