It’s the last day of the year, and
thank god what better time to look forward?
2019 was difficult in many ways, but by Fall, the hard work I’d been putting in started to pay off in my personal life, in my health, and in my writing. I started working on a ‘silly western and fantasy’ story at the beginning of 2019, though I only really got around to sharing it on Wattpad in March or so. I found a community there was supportive at moments I felt bogged down by what was quickly becoming a full-length fantasy novel.
Then, in October, it won one of Wattpad’s Watty Awards for Fantasy. (That means, of the 170k stories submitted, mine won one of 60 awards.)
Suddenly I had a finished draft of a novel, that people liked, that won an award, and that hadn’t been a goal I set out for myself this year. Best of all, I had done it without burning out despite the day job being more demanding than it has been in a while.
I did it. I finished drafting a novel, start to finish.
And in 2020, I’m going to do it again.
- Get outside at least twice a week for a walk. Yes, winter too.
- Strengthen and rebuild muscles to feel stronger.
- Continue to work toward a balance of work and life.
- Continue to look up, to notice the world around me. Screens aren’t everything.
- Finish the next book. Then the one after that.
- Finished Novel Draft
- Won award for Novel
- Learned how to better cope with stress and anxiety
- Found a supportive group of writers that uplift and encourage me while also challenging me to do better
- Was able to shift my focus from fighting for/against things to a more positive approach of growth and healing.