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Write Like It’s Your Job: January Update

Write Like It’s Your Job: January Update

As a writer and a mom, there’s a good bit of trial and error to figure out what works best for me and my family as I work toward my goals. Step by step, little by little.

Overall, January turned out to be a good month. For the most part, I worked toward my goals and found a steady rhythm. Some things were easy to keep on task, others I completely forgot about.

Here’s a quick recap of how my writing goals are going and what’s been entertaining me this month.

January Writing Goals

Many of my January and Quarter 1 goals were tending tasks. Things that I’ll need to tend to a little bit each month, so I wanted to create a format for those.

  • Create a monthly Content Planner
  • Create a newsletter template with images
  • Outline Chapters and/or word count to finish in The Sea & All Its Stars
  • Write two blog posts (does back dating count?)
  • Make a list of ideas for monthly newsletter and blog posts
  • Write 4-5 times a week
  • Research writing Mastermind Groups

What did I accomplish?

  • I created a template for my monthly content planner for Instagram and the blog. Did I keep up with the content for Instagram? No.
  • Newsletter template, along with images, is ready to go.
  • Outline Chapters and/or word count to finish in The Sea & All Its Stars
  • I wrote one blog post (Write Like Its Your Job) and am writing this one in February and backdating it (for the organization!).
  • Made a list of content ideas that surprisingly flowed pretty easily and I’m really excited about some of them.
  • In the early part of the month, I averaged writing 4-5 times per week. Once we started back to school that dropped to 3-4 times per week.
  • I did not get around to researching writing mastermind groups.

While I didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to, I do feel it’s a strong start and am more aware of expectations and areas I may need to adjust, as well as the importance of keeping to my schedule and routine. That means not binging so much Superstore and skipping my 5am wake up call.

What I Read

I did end of up reading a lot in January with a good chunk of it on audio. Audiobooks have definitely helped my sanity. The witching hour now has better entertainment. Here’s what I read:

  • Little Women, by Lousia May Alcott – I had to reread before seeing the movie! Which I also loved.
  • Emma, by Jane Austen – It’s still not my favorite Austen, but better than I remembered. Maybe. I just don’t care too much for Emma or even Knightley.
  • Evvie Drake Starts Over, by Linda Holmes – I love a good restart your life novel. This one did not disappoint.
  • Daughter of a Thousand Years, by  Amalia Carosella – I like to pair what we’re studying in history with my own read. This book was a parallel between the Viking daughter of Eric the Red and a modern day history professor.
  • The Lady & the Highwayman, by Sarah M. Eden – I picked this one off the new book shelf at the library. It was a quick, light read of two authors from different social circles in Dickensian England. It’s labeled “proper romance,” but I’m not quite sure what that means.

And, then a few books my kids and I read together:

  • Frindle, by Andrew Clements – This was probably our favorite. It’s a great story on how words are made, but also the power of influencing others. Great parent/child and teacher/child relationships.
  • The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown – This was a captivating read on audio. You could talk about a lot with The Wild Robot—ecology, life cycles, seasons, to technological advances and responsibility. We’re looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
  • Pie, by Sarah Weeks – It was a fun book on grief and assumptions with a heavy side of mystery.
  • Sword Song, by Rosemary Sutcliff. We’re in the Middle Ages studying Saxon England to the Norman Conquest. Sword Song is a great bridge from Vikings to Saxon England with a good bit of geography. It’s just a really long read (we’re still working on it) and there’s no audiobook. I’ve scoured Audible, Hoopla, LibriVox, OverDrive, and Scribd to no avail.

How are your goals shaping up? What are you reading? Come on over and share on Instagram!