January meant entering the fourth year of the writing challenge, and I even though I have my routine sorted already, I couldn’t resist joining again. 365 Writing Club does miracles when it comes to accountability. This year’s theme is “The Daily Writer”, focusing back on building the habit to write every day, and even though last year I missed only 4 days, I decided I could do better. Did I manage?
As I mentioned back in the December post, with some serious changes in my life on the horizon, I was cautious in setting up my writing goals, but in the end I decided to raise my daily goal back to 1000 words. With 2017’s focus being mostly editing, and great job I did with wrapping up some of my projects, I figured I needed new words to keep going before I run out of projects to work on. Not that such thing is possible, but I did feel a bit lost with my writing goals in January.
The end of the previous year saw to finishing some big projects, like Humanborn – my novel set in Ireland destroyed by a magical cataclysm and war, and a fantasy romance I’ve been working on when I didn’t have energy for anything else.
With those two out of the way, I felt… accomplished, but at the same time I wasn’t sure what should be next on my priority list. In the end, I wandered from project to project, with nothing really grabbing my attention. This was when I decided to work on something “for fun”, without stress. It worked as a charm, and even though I’m convinced this project won’t go anywhere, it got me through the regeneration stage.
I still barely met my monthly goal, sprinting through the last day to get the missing 2700 words. I’m hoping to do better in February!
It seemed that January was all-round creativity-rejuvenation period, because I wasn’t drawn to art either. I played around with a bit of polymer clay, but I didn’t seem to get in the right mood to create something unique and satisfying.
I did have a bit of fun with graphic design, playing around with the Motivation Fuel idea. As usually, it’s available on Society6 and Redbubble on a variety of products (mugs, t-shirts, stickers, notebooks, and so on).
At the end of the month, I was excited to finally spill the beans about the anthology I was a part of. I’ve been waiting to share the news since September last year! I also received my author copy of the anthology, so I’ll be able to put in on my bookshelf.
I also managed to read several books in January which gives me hope that maybe for the first time I’ll be able to keep up with my Goodreads challenge. On the other hand, I always have good beginnings and fall behind as the year progresses.
How was your January?
As you can see, this time I don’t have much to report, so instead I will ask you: how did the beginning of 2018 treat you? Do you have any goals? Are you making plans? Or maybe, like me, you’re still recovering from the intensive 2017?
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.