It was a bit of a roller-coaster over here in BookWyrm Cove, but I’m coming out of February really excited! The spaces where I feel like I didn’t accomplish as much are outweighed by some fantastic progress. Let’s dive in! (Amazon links generate commissions and support my endeavor to become a published author. Thank you!)
I had hoped to have the third draft of Shenanigans done by the end of February. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I think my big problem right now is that I don’t have a routine anymore, and at the beginning of the month, I tried to force myself to get the work done without the structure necessary to meet that goal. On top of that, I got deep into studying for my social media marketing class and all my attention turned towards upping my Instagram game. About half way through the month, I just kind of let myself relax a bit and work on the projects I felt most excited about.
I don’t want to stretch myself too thin, but I really want to finish the third draft by the end of March. At this point, I think I’m looking at the general pace of NaNoWriMo, so I can totally do this! While I do need structure, I’m trying not to get too hung up on a strict routine, so instead my new process is to take it day by day. I’ve been starting my mornings by writing out an hourly schedule that is focused on what I need to do that day. It has really been helping me manage my time and accomplish more during the day. I find if nothing else, I don’t lose time trying to figure out what to do next during the day because I make all of those decisions while I’m too tired to overthink it.
One other thing that I plan to do this month is the Mario Soundtrack Writing Challenge. I’m going to spend about two weeks tracking my words per minute using no music or distractions (fingers crossed). Then, I’ll spend two weeks tracking my words per minute while listening to music from Mario. At the end of the month, I’m going to compare the words per minute and see how big of a difference the music makes to my writing speed. While I’m definitely going to be applying the experiment to writing the third draft, I will also be sure to do a short journal session each morning so that I can see the results when I’m just freewriting, that way the results aren’t skewed when I write a scene that I have to think a little more about.
I am loving my social media marketing classes! I spent the past two months designing a fake digital marketing campaign for KitchenAid and it really helped me figure out how to plan content for my own social media channels. I’ve been writing down all of my brainstorming sessions and once I manage to implement these new practices, I’ll be working to articulate it all into author platform blog posts.
The next author platform post you should keep an eye out for is How to Plan Your Content! I’ll be going into how I’ve changed how I plan my content and which services have been game changers! Be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss it!
This month, I’m going to be putting all of my new plans into practice. I’ve been working tirelessly to get ahead of my content planning, so I’m very optimistic that I won’t miss a single post day this month. The past couple of months I’ve had about a 2% growth rate on Instagram, which is about average from what I’ve read. With my new content planning, I’m hoping to bring my growth rate up by at least 5% this month.
While I didn’t manage to write as much as I hoped, I did kick some serious reading butt during February! I started reading on my Kindle every morning while I eat breakfast and it made a world of difference. Even if I only had time for a single chapter, I started the day feeling relaxed and happy. I was able to knock out Charlie N. Holmberg’s Spellbreaker, L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, and Lemony Snicket’s A Bad Beginning. I’ll have reviews coming out for each of these books, and I might just be giving away a copy of one of them in the coming weeks! Be sure to follow me over on Instagram for upcoming giveaway details.
This month, I’m hoping to read five books now that I have a dedicated reading time that is going fairly well. My TBR for this month is Megan Chance’s A Splendid Ruin, Charlie N. Holmberg’s Spellmaker, Melissa Faliveno’s Tom Boy Land, and L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Avonlea. I also hope to finish reading Emily Calandrelli and Tamson Weston’s Ada Lace series with my daughter.
As always, BookWyrms, I hope you’ll leave me a comment. How are your goals going? Are you adjusting how you approach your goals every month as you learn what works best for you? I hope so! Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram and sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss out on any upcoming news regarding giveaways. See you soon, BookWyrms!