January 2019 Recap

So, in the first month of the year I set my plans into motion. I have a new Twitter and Blog schedule, and I’m feeling pretty good about it so far.

[ICYMI] Posts from January:

January 2nd: Chapters 9 & 10 Read Test (Gray Haze)
January 4th: 2018 Recap + Goals for 2019
January 9th: Writing the Beginning of Your Novel
January 16th: How to Write Flashbacks + Gray Haze word count + Chapters 11 & 12 Read Test
January 23rd: Top 5 Trends I Hate in YA
January 30th: How to Receive Criticism + Gray Haze word count + Chapters 13 & 14 Read Test

I tried writing 2 chapters a week this month, but I’ve found that it is very difficult and stressful due to the length the chapters have turned out to be, so I’ve modified my writing goal to at least 1,000-1,500 words a day. This should keep me on track to finish by May.

I read 3 books this month: The Queen’s Wing, Senlin Ascends, and A Court of Thrones and Roses. I am going to start another book tomorrow or Sunday called Smoke & Summons (published today!), and perhaps read 180 Seconds by Jessica Park (one of my favorite romance authors) in time for Valentine’s Day. 🙂

I used to read a lot more, but writing Gray Haze is currently my #1 priority, so I try not to get too absorbed in a book until I feel like I’ve made enough progress. Reading does help me overcome writer’s block and fatigue, though, so it is obviously necessary. Three books a month might be ideal.

I’m doing pretty well health-wise. Still exercising 6 days a week. I am going to continue my current routine this month and switch it up next month. I haven’t weighed myself since the beginning of January, since one of my goals this year was to avoid the scale like the plague. I want to see if I can lose more weight without obsessing over it every day.

I am in the middle of chapter 29 in Gray Haze. I’ll try finishing it today or tomorrow. After doing some research, I am leaning toward pursuing traditional publishing. We’ll see how that goes after the book is finished. 🙂

Did anyone else feel like January was a looong month? 😛 Sure glad it’s over.

Susie snuggling while I type this post.

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