This year has been a series of ups and downs, in writing, my personal life, and my work life. However, for this wrap-up post of the year, I want to focus on the positive side of my writing accomplishments.
2016 Writing Highlights
January: Finished the first draft of Upgrade.
February: Kept up with my Saturday Shorts challenge.
March: Completed the timeline for Demon’s Blade and continued revising Upgrade.
April: Participated in National Poetry Writing Month.
May: No writing accomplishments, but did some serious introspection.
June: Dove back into editing Upgrade.
July: Participated in Camp NaNoWriMo with a 6,000 goal and won–the project, which was secret at the time, was actually Beneath His Skin, the selkie story I would later publish in From the Stories of Old.
August: Revised Beneath His Skin several times and made some progress in other projects as well (Upgrade, Demon’s Magic, and Of Beauty Within.)
September: Finished another revision of Upgrade and also finished revising Demon’s Blade so I could post it on Scribophile.
October: Progress was made in some projects, though undocumented as I never updated my Month Map.
November: My tenth consecutive National Novel Writing Month win! This year’s project was Skin As White As Snow; it is as yet unfinished, but I crossed the 50,000 word finish line with about half an hour to spare.
December: Released From the Stories of Old, which includes my story “Beneath His Skin”, with my wonderful writers’ group, the Just-Us League.
In conclusion, I made a lot of progress this year, have several amazing projects in the works, and lots of plans for next year–which will be detailed in an upcoming post. My writing has developed a lot over the course of the year, as has my ability to critique others’ work, and I’m proud of how far I’ve come in only a year.
What are your 2016 writing highlights?