Well, we all made it. That’s pretty much sums up my feelings for this year.
2021 was huge for me. I launched a new series and released four books in it, something I haven’t done since 2013. My resolution for 2021 was to be more consistent with my writing, setting daily word counts and sticking to them. I wasn’t consistent with that throughout the whole year. Especially after book four, I was pretty exhausted and on the verge of burnout. Writing with a little one is far from easy.
So this year, my goal is going to be a bit different. My plan is to set a smaller daily word count goal of 2,000 words. Something that’s challenging, but still quite doable. Because of limited time, I’m also going to spend less time in the editing phase. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, I can spend a lot of time trying to engineer my sentences to be perfect. Unfortunately, this is not only time-consuming, it can cause me to make more mistakes in readability with very little benefit.
My plan this year is to spend about a week on the editing phase for each book. And to stop making excuses for my word count. I know I can do 2,000 words a day, and my goal is to stop lying to myself by saying I can’t do it. Because I know I can. The key is just sitting down and doing the work, forcing myself to not look away from the screen until I’ve hit my minimum goal.
Assuming I remain consistent with that this year, 2,000 words a day X 365 days in a year comes out to 730,000 words. Subtract 100,000 to account for editing and outlining days, and round it down to 600,000 to make it more even. That equals 5-6 books this year.
It sounds crazy reading that back, especially when I didn’t get there this year. This year was supposed to be five books, and I nearly got to that point. But I also think I lacked focus at times, especially in the latter half of the year.
So I’m not setting a goal of five books this year. Rather, I’m setting a goal of 2,000 words per day. By the end of this month, I want the habit to be so ingrained that I don’t even think about it. Assuming I can pull it off, that would mean I could potentially get to the end of the series late this year or early next year.
2021 has been quite the adventure. Given what I had on my plate, I’m amazed that I got four books out. That said, this year will be filled with new challenges. I plan to release the rest of the series in audio.
Of course, there can always be kinks to our best-laid plans, especially where kids are concerned. So I’m not going to beat myself up if I miss a day. Even if I can hit 2,000 words 90% of the time, that’s still about five books this year, and at worst, four.
Here’s hoping to an awesome 2022, and hopefully, the endless apocalypse going on outside our doors will come to a swift conclusion.