So, I was inspired by my friend’s blog to write about my progress and goals. This year has been a wild ride. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting myself into when I decided to take on writing full-time.
My initial goal was to have this blog and generate a lot of interest in my shorts so-much-so that people will feel compelled to subscribe to my patreon and finish reading the stories. I also wanted to talk about the novella a lot to create interest in it before I published. And lastly, my final goal was to find a freelance job writing for someone.
Well, I did accomplish one of those goals… and that was getting a freelance job writing for someone. While I haven’t made much from this (the income is as sporadic as my writing life), I still feel happy that I managed to hammer the nail down on one of my goals.
Unfortunately, the other two wasn’t as successful.
It has to do with that the majority of my followers are friends and family. We’re all at different stages in our lives where all we can do is press “like” and “share” for our support! And that’s totally fine.
My naïve self thought that I would be able to live off patreon and ko-fi. I feel like those sites are mainly for cartoonists/artists. It makes sense because people can draw you stuff for contributing and I’m not offering much except for access to my password protected content on this blog. I don’t want to say that I haven’t gotten any contributions because I have and I’m SUPER thankful for my friends supporting me. One of my friends was encouraging me to stay with both sites because it’s only been a year and I’m still figuring stuff out. I’m hoping that once I start really amping up my novella, things will pick up more.
In the meantime, I’ve started taking up dog-walking again to help out my bank account. It’s been a huge relief and I’m not stressing out about being able to afford my blog next year.
Posting about my novella proved to be difficult because I didn’t want to give too much of the plot away, especially when I wasn’t even close to being finished with it. I think that as I’m gearing toward the end of this year I’ll start posting inside scoops about my novella. I want to get you all as excited about this story as I am.
Writing wise, I feel that my progress chart is through the roof. I managed to write 15 short stories in 9 (almost 10) months! I started off just doing one a month, but then I started writing two, and then once a week. It’s been such a great experience coming up with different stories. I’m so excited to put them together as an ebook for you all to have.
Also, my novella is almost nearing it’s editor stage. I’ve had several readers go through my drafts and I feel like I’ve gotten sufficient feedback to imply that I’m close to being ready. This excites me because now I’m starting to set a clear deadline of when I want to publish. I’m looking at August 2019 by the way.
Last week I mentioned I was going to write my outline for my NaNoWriMo novel. I haven’t finished it, but I did start it up yesterday. I managed to get through four chapters without feeling like it was trash. I’m really excited that I pushed myself to go back and try it again. I feel like come November, I’ll be ready!
What I’m hoping to get done in the next few months is just continue to write. I want to write that novel in November. I want to write more short stories from the writing prompts. I want to write a ton of blog posts!
I might be getting a full-time non-writing job by the end of this year and that will take up a lot of my time, but I hope that I can still continue doing this. I love this blog and I want to keep this going as long as I can.
So, that’s what’s been going on in the past 9 months and my ambitions for the next three months.
I’ll make another post about what I expect to see for the next year as I get closer to December.
Thanks for reading!
What goals have you set for yourself this year? What did you accomplish? Tell me in the comments below!