This weekend, I met up with two local writers. We connected through NaNoWriMo. We spent an hour or two talking about where we are with our current projects and our goals for our books. We’re each at different places in the eventual publishing process, but it gave me a good push to get going for the new year.
Meanwhile, I’m making a serious effort to do better on my reading this year. To go from ~80 books in 2017 (and ~100 in 2016) to FIFTEEN in 2018 is inexcusable. To that end, I’ve started Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty with my long distance book club, and I’m enjoying it so far. I got a couple of Barnes and Noble gift cards for Christmas (which, hey, if you’re ever looking for a gift for me, this is a good one), so in addition to that one, I also picked up Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve been wanting to read that one for a while. I made a very doable goal of 26 books to read in 2019 on Goodreads. Words in, words out.
After not having touched my own manuscript in a month or so, reading through the last few chapters I wrote makes it easy to– well, to spot errors; but also appreciate the things that work well, storywise, and take note of things that don’t flow as well. I now have a better idea of where to go from here, although it’s still not quite according to plan. I hope to swap feedback with my new local writer cohorts. 😉
Happy new year, y’all!