Monthly Accountability Roundup: What I Wrote and Read in January 2017

Okay, I haven’t been doing these for a few months and I don’t know about you, but I always am SO much better at staying accountable to my own goals whenever I publicly share them with someone. So here I am, back at monthly accountability posts due to go live the last day of each month, so I can briefly recap what I read and wrote this month.

I’m also still doing my calendar, complete with color-coded magnets. I’ve changed up the way I use my green magnets though to account for either 500 words written or one hour edited to better keep track of time spent editing. In my bullet journal I log both hours edited and words added each day to help keep track.

Before I launch into what I did get done in January, here is a quick overview of my goals I set for myself for the first half of the year:

  • Finish up this revision of my Bi Agent Carter book by 3/31
  • Draft a sequel/side project by 6/30
  • Write pitches and plot out two new ideas

That said, here’s how January went down:

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Writing:

  • Goal: Add at least 20k in edits/revisions to MENTAL NOTE
  • Words added: 21,145

Since I’m switching between counting hours edited and words added for each day, I can’t really average things out, but looking at my calendar shows that January definitely had a bit of a slow start, but once I got back into the swing of things (and had my house and writing nook back to myself after my house guest left!) everything really started to take off. This draft of MN is currently sitting at 44k and I am hoping to add about 25k to this through February, bringing it right around 70k.

Also, I have started using weekly writing goals to set weekly goals that I keep track of with #WeeklyWritingGoals. This method is based on the Agile Project Management approach and really helps to make up for those days where writing just has to take a backseat. By setting a weekly goal, it’s okay to miss a day–as long as you figure out a way to catch up at the end of the week. Anyway, my goal for this week is to add 10k to this novel and I am about 2.5k into it, so here’s to that.

Reading:

I love signing up for the Goodreads Reading Challenge every new year. Usually I like to shoot for 100 books a year, but given that I made it to 135 in 2016, I decided to shoot for the lofty goal of 150 books read in 2017. January definitely was a good month for reading. Between binge-reading some m/m romance and participating in #DiverseAThon, I managed to read 20 books altogether. Here’s a list of what I read:

  • Ms. Marvel Vol. 6: Civil War II – G. Willow Wilson
  • No. 6 The Manga Vol. 1 – Atsuko Asano
  • Widdershins – Jordan L. Hawk
  • Threshold – Jordan L. Hawk
  • Stormhaven – Jordan L. Hawk
  • Moon over Soho – Ben Aaronovitch
  • Necropolis – Jordan L. Hawk
  • Bloodline – Jordan L. Hawk
  • No. 6 The Manga Vol. 2 – Atsuko Asano
  • Hoarfrost – Jordan L. Hawk
  • Maelstrom – Jordan L. Hawk
  • Whispers Under Ground – Ben Aaronovitch
  • Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk – Danielle Krysa
  • The Summer Palace – C. S. Pacat
  • Hunter of Demons – Jordan L. Hawk
  • Fallow – Jordan L. Hawk
  • History Is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera
  • When the Moon Was Ours – Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Of Fire and Stars – Audrey Coulthurst
  • The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin

So, yes, lots of reading. I hope to keep it up, because reading begets writing for me and I love to be in the zone like this. Unfortunately it often means far too little sleep, but who needs sleep anyway.

So, anyway, here goes to writing and editing 25k in February and reading just as many books!

What are your goals for this year? For next month? Let me know in the comments!

Cheers and happy writing (and reading)!

Alex