Earlier this month, I promised myself I wouldn't do a year in review. It'd mostly be a long chain of disasters and other unpleasant things. However, today, I discovered I had done something well worth reviewing and sharing.
Between my blog posts, my book reviews, my client editorial work, and my fiction writing, I wrote over 1,000,000 words of text. 668,000 of those words were fiction.
That's a huge accomplishment.
Once upon a time, I was a writer who was content and happy with writing maybe 50,000 words in a year of fiction. Non-ficiton was a different story, as I worked as a freelance author for quite a long time. Truthfully, I didn't track those words because they didn't really mean all that much to me beyond a paycheck.
Never before have I written so many words in a year. When I think about how many words I could have written if I hadn't been working on so much editorial work, I'm gobsmacked.
In 2015, I am setting myself up to write as much fiction as I possibly can, hoping to create a real career for myself–one where I can help support my family. I'm not there yet. But I'm going to work exceptionally hard to get there. I intend on establishing an even better writing and editorial process for myself so my books are even higher quality. If I have the time, I intend on going over my previously released titles and fixing those small little things that bother me. I can't do a whole lot of writing-style adjustment, I don't think that's fair to my readers, but I will fix what I can.
Most of all, I will actively keep trying to improve my writing.
If it takes 1 million bad words to write a good word, I might be getting close to reaching that point. I feel like I've improved at my writing.
Time will tell… but my year in review is this: I wrote a million words.
Next year, I'll write more words, and they'll be better.