I set the goal at the beginning of the year to produce 500 words of fiction – minimum – every day this year. The idea is to not miss even a single day. I can go over, but not under. At the end of the year, I’d have a minimum of 182,000 new words, which would be more than I’ve ever produced in a year before. It seemed like a solid central goal (I named some other goals, too, but this was the core one), because my main obstacle to success has always been consistency. I’d skip a few days, then a few more, then suddenly two months would go by without accomplishing anything toward my writing career.
So how’s that working for me?
I managed a complete success in January. I never missed even a single day. A few days I did just the goal – there were six days with 500-600 words, and about the same number where I did 601-750. But I never missed. And I think the focus on writing every day was HUGE for me.
January was my most productive writing month. Ever. I finished 75,250 new words.
Other stuff I did:
– Contacted 3 new potential editors, one or two of whom I will be working with in the near future.
– Finished a cover for the science fiction novel I wrote this month.
– Set up a second email list for ARC reviewers, and got 21 people to sign up and agree to review King of the Dead. I figure about one in five may eventually review it – ideally, I really want at least 50 people on the ARC list, but it’s a start!
– Set up for the launch of King of the Dead 1, which just released today (technically, it was live on Amazon 10pm on 1/31/15, so it counts as a January thing, but I announced it as a February release).
I’m REALLY happy with how this year is going so far. The next step is going to be to maintain the pace, or see if I can, anyway. Not sure if I can do “my best month ever” every month. I might slip back a bit. But so long as I maintain the daily count, I think I can continue to produce at a consistent, steady, solid pace.
If you’d like to check out King of the Dead, you can find it on Amazon here!