Writing hits and misses in 2015
I suppose one should start with the positive. If I was critiquing someone else that's what I'd do. (Funny how we much prefer to focus on our own failures and are far kinder to others than ourselves. Or is that just me?)
I set myself the objective of writing #1000wordsaday. In fact I set up a Facebook group to support other writers with the same objective. The Facebook group has been wonderfully supportive of each other and of me. Having to post the date and my goals has helped me focus.
One thousand words a day is 365,000 words in a year. Did I achieve that? Actually I did. I wrote two novellas and five novels this year. I didn't write every day but I had days I wrote more and I had two months where I did 50,000 word challenges so I definitely met my objective.
I guess that's my achievement for the year. And it's not nothing to set a goal like that and meet it so I'm happy about that.
I wasn't a great blogger this year either, I started well but I definitely lost steam so I hope to get a better schedule set up in 2016 to counter that. (I also didn't do too well with my newsletters but I guess we can discuss that in my 2016 objectives post later this week.)
The landscape definitely shifted out there this year. Some things definitely became harder for indie authors. Finding traction and visibility is definitely harder than it was for a lot of authors and finding the right balance in book promotion is challenging.
It will be interesting to see what 2016 brings for me and the industry as a whole.