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January 2017: Moving Right Along

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Mummy Witch House, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

January 2017: Moving Right Along

Welcome to another exciting update in which stuff is going on! Apparently we just blew through a whole month without my noticing which would worry me more if I wasn’t knee deep in the hoopla as those kids from Starship say (and by kids, I mean, probably senior citizens by now). But as the month is really and truly over now, it’s time once again to look at the past month of Hillary Writes All The Things and see how the words went. Here’s what January 2017 looked like in writing… Total Words Written This Month 55,216 words Average...

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December 2016: Tale of Tales / 4th Orange status report & update on personal chaos

Posted by on Jan 14, 2017 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

December 2016: Tale of Tales / 4th Orange status report & update on personal chaos

This is the latest I’ve ever posted one of these monthly updates because life is still a hurricane here in Duckburg but I wanted to pop out of the duck blur for a minute and give you my numbers for December.  Here’s what December 2016 looked like in writing… Total Words Written This Month 43,268 words Average Words Per Day 1,396 words Monthly Goal I did not set a goal for this month. Between holiday rush and everything else going on, I wanted as much pressure off my life as possible. Yearly Goal 43,268/200,000 words (22%) <-keep in...

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Want to do your own monthly writing recaps in 2017? Free graphics for you to use!

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Want to do your own monthly writing recaps in 2017? Free graphics for you to use!

Regular readers know I do a monthly debrief of how my writing is going and have found it incredibly helpful in auditing my writing work and keeping me on track. I also make a silly little graphic for each month to serve as a title image for easy sharing on social media and beyond. This year, I made all of my monthly graphics using the free site PhotoFunia. While you’re welcome to head over there and customize your own, I’m also including the full set that I made here to save you time. You’re welcome to use them on your own...

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Manage multiple writing projects & keep your word count on track with this writers yearly goal system

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Evergreen, My Writing, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 2 comments

Manage multiple writing projects & keep your word count on track with this writers yearly goal system

By popular request, I’m reposting this updated for 2017. It’s exactly the same as last year, only the dates are updated in the spreadsheet (I didn’t update the screenshots, so sue me). I do have a slightly different system I’m personally using this year that I’ll share when I get a chance but the basic format is the same so go ahead and start with this and you’ll be able to move your data over easily to the new sheet if you want to. I’m aware that there is no February 29, 2017 but I leave the leap day...

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How did 2016 stack up compared to past writing years?

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

How did 2016 stack up compared to past writing years?

I’ve been setting a writing goal for the year and keeping track of exactly how much I write every day and on what project for six years now. While I’ve changed exactly what I’ve tracked and how I’ve tracked it over the years, the basic day by day data is all still there so I decided to do a little retro-fitting so I could see how the things I track now compare with past years. Before we dive into this, keep in mind that I have limited and sporadic writing time. These are not the numbers of a full time writer. I’m...

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Setting smaller, specific goals with wiggle room is the secret to good writing resolutions

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Evergreen, NaNo What Now?, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

Setting smaller, specific goals with wiggle room is the secret to good writing resolutions

It’s a brand new year which means it’s the traditional time of setting new goals and resolutions for the year ahead. For us writers, that can mean setting deadlines or striving for new writing habits in the coming year. I think taking a few minutes to write down concrete goals is a great way to keep you focused on what’s important to you as you move into the next few months. “But, Hillary, statistics show that New Year’s Resolutions don’t work!” you protest. “People just abandon them after a few...

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Amazon Kindle owner? Here’s which of my books you can read for free right now

Posted by on Dec 25, 2016 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, My Writing | 0 comments

Amazon Kindle owner? Here’s which of my books you can read for free right now

It’s the holiday season, which means many people unwrapped a brand new eReader in the last few days. If one of those gifts was an Amazon Kindle, Fire or a new phone or tablet compatible with the free Kindle App (which is just about all of them), this is your guide to all the eBooks I have available on Amazon and how to read mostly all of them for free. Kindle Unlimited Eligible  If you’re a member of Kindle Unlimited, you can read many of my books for free right now and I’ll still be paid for your read. Pretty cool,...

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Hillary Writes All the Things 2016: my year in writing debriefed

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Masks, NaNo What Now?, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Complete Novels of Jane Austen Now New and Improved, The Fourth Orange, The Green Bird, The Love of Three Oranges, The She Bear, Three Padded Walls, Vardiello, WoC, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Hillary Writes All the Things 2016: my year in writing debriefed

2016 was a crap sandwich for just about everyone and I’m no exception. It was a crazy stressful year full of unexpected changes and pressures and so much of the future is still uncertain. But while 2016 felt like a big fat fail as I was living it, it actually turned out to be a pretty darn good year for writing, oddly enough. Let’s take a closer look. (Keep in mind that my Writing Year starts in December, ends in November.) Here’s the numbers for 2016… Goal for the Year 500,000 words Total Words Written in 2016 765,239 (153% aka...

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My “Writing Year” starts in December because the calendar does not own me

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

My “Writing Year” starts in December because the calendar does not own me

I know I’ve said this before but I can’t express to you how glad I am that I changed my writing year so that it ends in November. I made this change on a whim back in 2014 and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made for both my writing goals and general mental health. It also took a ton of pressure off the already crazy end of the year. I mention this because the calendar doesn’t own you either. Companies can set their own fiscal years, there’s no reason you can’t do the same for whatever your goals are....

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Won NaNoWriMo AND finished your novel? Come over here and let me tell you how much you rock!

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Evergreen, NaNo What Now?, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 0 comments

Won NaNoWriMo AND finished your novel? Come over here and let me tell you how much you rock!

The following is an excerpt from NaNo What Now? Finding your editing process, revising your NaNoWriMo book and building a writing career through publishing and beyond Available now in paperback and eBook. To the writer that finished what you set out to write, You are a rock star! You did everything you set out to do this month. You’ve got a complete first draft in your hand right now, a whole book, and if lots of people never start a novel, and less than that ever write 50,000 words of one, the number that actually finish an entire book is...

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