I can’t believe that it’s been almost two years since I’ve joined the 365k Club. Looking back, I find it hard to remember how could I ever function without my daily writing, and the amount of completed projects, both small and big, speaks for the regular work and discipline.
Even though, after a lot of pondering, I didn’t participate in NaNoWriMo, I still started November strong, keeping in mind that I’m still a little bit behind with my yearly goal, and the time was running short. With only two months left and no wriggle room, I had to get my writing going. Especially that I feared there might be worse days to come.
Thankfully, no major disaster happened, and I managed to keep my daily word count a little above what I needed, so when the Thanksgiving weekend came, I didn’t have to worry about relaxing a bit.
What also helped me keep my writing going were… deadlines. They required me to finish several texts before November ended, so by the end of the month I was typing like crazy, and I can proudly announce, I haven’t missed any of my deadlines. (Though let’s be honest, I cut it quite close – there’s a lesson for the future there!)
As a result, I’ve not only met my daily goal, but exceeded the monthly challenge by 8000 words which I really needed to catch up after my slower months earlier this year. By the end of November I was still a little bit behind my target, but I managed to close the gap.
Sadly, all that intense writing meant I did less editing and beta-reading that I intended, and I didn’t reach my 10 hour mark for either, though I’ve added some progress to my “By the Pact” revisions for which I self-imposed an end-of-the-year deadline. Even though with only one month left, I have very little time, I still plan on meeting it!
The sign-ups for the next year’s Club are now closed, and in 2017 the event is changing its name to 365 Writing Club, to put focus on the daily writing, especially with the new flexible rules. 2015 had the same goal of 365k words for everyone, 2016 offered a choice of 4 tiers (100k, 250k, 365k, and 500k), while in 2017 it will be up to each participant to pick their daily minimum and work toward achieving it. It can be as little as 100 words per day or as much as 2000.
As I mentioned in my previous A Month of Writing post, I was hesitating whether to keep my current goal. It would be nice to have a third consecutive year of an average 1000 words written per day, but at the same time I wanted to focus more on editing which is recognized by the Club with a special badge, but doesn’t count as “writing new words”. Therefore, I’ve picked a modest goal of 500 words a day, hoping to focus the remaining time on polishing my already completed project.
With the changes in the Club, I also had to think about the formula of these monthly posts. Even though I still discover new things about writing and my writing process, they seem to steer toward being quite repetitive, so I’m planning to broaden them a bit in hope to bring some refreshing air into the stale “how did my writing go this month” routine. But shhh! I’ll tell you all about at the end of the year, when I also hope to boast my final badges for the year and announce my successful completion of the challenge.
In the meantime, why don’t you tell me how’s your writing and editing going? With the holidays around the corner, the routines perfect for the rest of the year seem to fail… or maybe not? Tell me!
Joanna Maciejewska is a fantasy and science fiction author who enjoys all things SFF: books, movies, and video games.
Her short stories appeared in magazines and anthologies in Polish and in English.
Her epic fantasy adventure series, starting with By the Pact, is available in ebook and paperback at all major retailers.