February 2017 Wrap Up

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Reading

I read a total of 5 books this month. I originally got behind in my reading, but thankfully I had a week off from work and I ended up catching up with it all. I posted my progress of my week-long readathon on my Bookstagram, so feel free to check that out.

Reviews of the books I read haven’t all been posted yet, so check my Reading List periodically as that will be updated with each new review posted.

Writing

My writing plans changed throughout the month. I had originally planned on editing a couple of my novels, but I didn’t do either of that. Instead, I started planning for other things (and started planning for March because I realized it would be easier to just start fresh with a new month).

I’ve been planning a couple new ideas and also started looking into freelance writing, so that’s been taking up a lot of my time.

I did manage to submit to two writing contests, though. So that was something.

Blogging

I finished all my February posts with one week to spare and started working on my March posts. I wanted to get the majority of my March posts done so I can focus more on my novels and such in March.

I was also a guest on Closet Readers. You can check out my post, about my experience with blogging, here: Why I Became A Blogger And Why You Should Become One Too

Plus, there are no school vacations in March. It’s going to be long and I’m not going to have as much time as I have the past two months.

Overall

February was pretty productive. I didn’t get as much writing done and I kind of had to rush through my reading, but I got plenty of blogging done and I also got a lot of planning done. I’ve been thinking ahead and I think I have a good start on a lot of things.

Posts to Remember

1. On Themes: How To Incorporate Time In Your Novels
2. On Rescues And Escapes: Run, Character, Run!
3. February/March 2017 Writing Contests
4. Guest: Call To Write
5. Guest: The Famous Cliche And Other Writing Things
6. Interview: Phyllis Edgerly Ring, Author

How did February treat you? What goals did you accomplish? Let me know in the comments below!

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Are You Still Writing?

NaNoWriMo ended about a week ago. In some ways, I feel like it never even happened. The month went by way too quickly and I reached 50,000 words a little over halfway through the month. So, I wasn’t writing for the full 30 days.

I always say that November is a busy month and it is… But then December comes and I realize that November was actually a piece of cake compared to the end of the year.

Not only is it busy, but we’re all exhausted from the previous month making us even more tired.

So, my question is, what are you doing this month?

I started thinking about this because of Kris’s post the other day.

I always try to treat December as an “editing” month. I don’t want to write anything new after NaNo because that would just be overkill. I’m already tired and cross-eyed from too many words and bright computer screens.

But I don’t necessarily want to edit my NaNo project, either. I find another novel to work on. Or, like this month, I’m editing Kris’s novel for her.

I think editing a novel after NaNo is the way to go, especially if it’s someone else’s work because your brain gets to rest more than it would if you were editing your own work. You don’t have to think as hard.

So, I haven’t written anything since the 19th of November and I’ve barely even editing Kris’s novel for her. I plan to start it this weekend, but time is scarce this month.

What else is going on in December? Well, there are so many family and friend events due to the holidays. I have to spend Christmas with everyone in my life, which means my weekends are all booked up with Christmas get-togethers and the like.

I have to finish my Christmas shopping and do other things to prep for the holiday.

Then there’s the blog. I have so many cool new features coming in 2017 that blogging has taken up a lot of my time this month. Not to mention I now have my newsletter so that’s another extra thing.

I hope to have all my December posts done by the 15th so I can get a head start on next year and really get focused on 2017.

December is about planning for the future and making goals. I’ve been thinking of what I want to accomplish in 2017 and I’m trying to set myself up for it now.

Despite the holidays, despite everything else, December is always the busiest month because I’m always looking ahead. A new year means new beginnings, new challenges, new goals.

So, no. I haven’t been writing. I haven’t written anything for almost a month now.

I’ve been writing blog posts and writing lists of things I need to do and things I want to accomplish next year.

The new year is a little over three weeks away. Crazy, right? I have no idea where 2016 went. I can’t wait to write my goals posts for the end of this year and beginning of next year… I wonder just how much I accomplished in 2016?

Either way, I hope 2017 is bigger and better.

Are you still writing? Do you treat this month as any other month or as a prep month for the next year? Let me know in the comments below!

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