2014 is almost at an end, and it’s been whirlwind of a year. My first full year writing full time has been a busy one, and I have plenty of material to revise in the coming year. Hopefully 2015 will see me finishing stories and submitting them.

Here’s a quick list of what I accomplished in 2014:

Read 16 books on the craft/business of writing.

Wrote

  • two drafts of a novella, “Good Old-Fashioned Magic”
  • first drafts of three novelettes in the Cabot Sisters series (“Stolen by Magic,” “Called by Magic,” and “Beckoned by Magic”)
  • and a first draft of a short story, “Midwinter Bride”

Participated in four rounds of A Round of Words in 80 Days, blogging an average of two times per week and trying to check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. I didn’t always meet these goals, but I did the majority of the time. I’ve met so many wonderful people through the ROW80 challenge, through the WIPpet Wednesday blog hop, and through Twitter and have connected with old friends through Facebook.

I also think it’s important to go into the new year with a plan, so I’ve created a business plan for my writing, mapping out the projects I want to finish while keeping it flexible—you never know when a new story might grab your imagination and refuse to let go. In 2015, I hope to finish the Cabot Sisters series, which I’ve planned as a series of six novelettes, and to finish some other projects that are in the pipeline. I also plan to start submitting stories to publishers.

What about you? What projects did you begin or finish in 2014? What’s on your agenda for next year? Do you create a business plan for your writing?

ROW80 Round 4 Wrap-Up…

Writing

1.) Make measurable progress on one of my WIPs. Finished a novelette, “Stolen by Magic,” and started or continued work on three other projects.

2.) Read three books on the craft/business of writing. Three of three books read. Read “Writing the Breakout Novel” by Donald Maass, “Save the Cat” by Blake Snyder, and “Write. Publish. Repeat.” by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant.

Social media goals:

My social media goals were to check in on Twitter or Facebook daily, blog twice a week, and comment on three to five blogs per daily, Monday-Thursday. I would say I met these goals most of the time, with only a few missed days or check-ins here or there.

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Happy holidays!

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