2014 Year in Review and ROW80 Round 4 Wrap-Up

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.


  • 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…


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.

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. Click here to cheer on fellow participants.

Happy holidays!

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10 thoughts on “2014 Year in Review and ROW80 Round 4 Wrap-Up

  1. Sounds like a productive year indeed! I have never tried ROW80 but I set goals for the year, then set goals for each week, and both those things help me to push to get more done than I might otherwise. I find the lack of structure as a self-employed writer challenging, so I’m grateful to have found something that helps me to get a little more done. I haven’t done my goals for the new year year. I “clean house” in December, cleaning up computer files, my desk, etc. and in January I decide on my goals for the year. Looking forward to re-visiting my plan soon. Happy Holidays to you, too!

    1. Thanks, Kit. I’ve found the ROW80 community to be supportive and encouraging, and having to post on my goals keeps me accountable. Like you I find that the lack of structure can be a challenge, so for the time being I’m just setting my own deadlines. My goal was to complete four first drafts in 2014 and I finished five, so I think the self-imposed deadlines are working at the moment. Cleaning house in December is a good idea–it lets you start fresh in the new year. Good luck in the coming year!

  2. I’m moving at a mellower pace for the break – more time with my beloveds, more hometending, more reading Trip and T’Pol fan fiction -it’s writing research! – while finishing up the last novel draft of the year – down to seven scenes left, now, and I intend to finish it before the end of the year. Slowly returning to social media after several weeks of intensive writing, and pondering next year’s goals…

    Yup, that’s a mellower pace, for me! =)

    You’ve had a remarkable year! I wish you some time to just bask in the glow of what you’ve accomplished! =)

    1. That sounds like a good plan. I like taking some time off over the break to be with family, but I know I’ll be eager to get back to writing in the new year.

      Good luck finishing your novel!

      Thanks, Shan Jeniah! Happy New Year! 🙂

  3. A business plan sounds much more inclusive than a marketing plan. Your posts always inspire me for their focus, conciseness, and relevance. Congratulations on making such steady progress . . . finished 16 books on writing craft? Wonderful! As is your writing progress. May 2015 bring you continued success.

    1. Thanks, Beth. I don’t really have a marketing plan at the moment since I’m not published yet, but creating a business plan gives me deadlines to aim for. I learned so much from reading those craft books; I feel like I’m a much stronger writer now than I was even a year ago. It’s great to feel that growth.

      Good luck in the new year!

  4. It’s been an interesting 2014 for us. I figured that my gravatar name needs a change. so from mrschmoe to mrbkoostachin I haven’t changed my blog, same old cackling inane writer.

    Best of luck in 2015. I think we all may need this sentiment, happy writing and hope good things drift thy way.

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