Morgan here today.
So today is a special day, not just because it’s the last day of the year, but also because it’s my writing anniversary. Today, I have been writing for a full six years. So it seems especially fitting to discuss what I’ve accomplished, both this year and maybe even all in total.
“Yeah, yeah, yeah,” Tiri says. “Isn’t every other blogger on the planet writing one of these posts? What makes your special?”
“Well, it has us!” Ereinne points out. “Nobody else’s post has us!”
All-Time Writing Accomplishments
I’ve completed…a lot of novels. It’s hard to count, because I never know if rewrites count as a new novel, because the rewrite always ends up vastly different from the original and sure seems like a new novel. And do novellas count?
We’ll just say there’s an amount that’s not that bad.
“Yeah,” Ereinne says. “There’s a lot of characters crowded in Morgan’s head, so I’d say, there’s a lot of novels. Have any of you noticed the guy that looks like a tree? Or that girl who’s always walking around with a sword and wincing when people smile at her?”
I did some calculations (mostly out of boredom) and came to the conclusion that I’ve probably written some three million words in the past six years. In addition, over one million alone belongs to one particular story (that got rewritten a lot, which is part of the “how many of those count as distinct novels” question mentioned above.
…that’s about all for those.
Writing Accomplishments of 2016
I finished the first draft of Sleeping in Cyberspace.
“Yeah!” Kivessa yells excitedly, whooping and dancing around the room. Her brothers both give her weird looks, and she sticks her tongue out at them. “What, Morgan finally finished the book—that’s reason to celebrate!”
Yeah, okay, so Kivessa is right, but that’s really the only thing I accomplished. I also wrote like one short story, I attempted to edit Oracular and ultimately accomplished nothing, and… that’s about all. Just Cyberspace.
Kivessa crosses her arms. “That’s enough, isn’t it?”
Other Accomplishments of 2016
I graduated high school and survived a semester of full-time college classes.
“Come back when you’ve survived being crown prince and having about ten years of tutoring lessons on politics and etiquettes given to you in about a month,” Kalvias says, grumbling.
“You haven’t survived that, either,” Cimizelle says. “You just hide from your tutors most of the time.”
Kalvias neither admits nor denies anything.
I…read very, very little. (I blame college.) I never count the books I read (I usually forget to), but I’m sure it was embarrassingly low this year. How is this an accomplishment? Well, I still read things!
“You just keep telling yourself that.”
“Tiri, your commentary is not necessary.”
Probably other stuff happened. You know, it’s really, really hard to look back and think of all of the accomplishments for an entire year.
Goals for 2017, yay! Things I will probably forget about setting actual goals for, and they won’t necessarily happen. Unless I can actually do something different this year.
First off, write a lot and write as near to every day as possible, within reason. (College makes this hard.)
“We approve of this one,” Ereinne says.
Research for Cyberspace and start the edits (and then also finish, hopefully) for draft two (and maybe three). Okay, that one is probably far-fetched. I spent the entirety of 2015 editing one single draft for Oracular—however, Oracular as nearly twice the length, and had a very broken plot, while Cyberspace is pretty good for a first-draft.
Ereinne harrumphs. “You mean you like Cyberspace better than us and are going to put more effort into that one.”
Tiri rolls her eyes. “Morgan never said that. Stop being ridiculous.”
Plan a new novel. Because I like to always have something to be actively writing, and I work best when I plan ahead. What novel will I plan? I have no clue yet—and I got a lot of time to decide.
Ereinne grins. “Cue the plot bunnies!”
Re-write Oracular or give it an overhaul-edit for draft three. I haven’t yet decided which it needs—a really crazy edit or a complete rewrite, but whichever it is, I would like to at least get started on that this year. I think it will probably happen later in the year, which is why I’m not worried about finishing it, just making a lot of progress.
The entire Oracular gang cheers loudly. (Except maybe Tiri and Saelas, although Saelas does look excited.)
Get a reliable source of income. Er, get a job, really.
“Well, that’s vague,” Kivessa says. “Care to be more detailed?”
It’s hard to make a blogging schedule when life is so unpredictable, especially with college and homework, so it really is vague. But I would like to blog a lot more this year than I did last year.
Okay, I’ll be honest. I suck at planning ahead, and I don’t have really great (or really any) goals for 2017.
“We’ll make sure she plans some stuff, though,” Ereinne promises as solemnly as Ereinne can possibly be.
How about everyone else? Do you have any really exciting goals for 2017?