I was flipping through some things I’d written last year and came across this journal entry dated January 3, 2014, “This is the year I become a writer. Spent time this afternoon reading about writing. I read some more this evening. Now it’s time for action. I hope I don’t just continue reading about it and actually do something.” Looking back over 2014, I can say I did do something!
I struggled with keeping a writing schedule last year (still struggle with it) while working on my first novel, but I did write. I got further ahead than I have been in all the years that came before. I might not have ended the year where I wanted to be as far as word count, and I’m nowhere near ready to publish much less let anyone read it yet, but I’d written nearly 45,000 words by the end of December. I’m no longer saying, “I’d like to write a novel some day.” I’m doing it.
I also continued to learn about writing (and indie publishing) throughout the year. I read many great books, blog posts, and newsletters about writing. I listened to podcasts and watched videos about writing. I took lots of notes. I followed writers on twitter and facebook, and I joined Tribewriters. I’ve become saturated with writing. When I feel like I’ve been studying “how tos” for too long, I tell myself, “It’s time to get back to writing.” A lot of what I’ve learned will come into play in the editing and publishing processes. Right now, I just need to just get the words out.