It’s been a very eventful January this year. A lot is happening that is both hugely impactful, hugely important, and entirely outside my control. So, I’ve been focusing on what I can control, specifically my writing habits. We’re twenty-nine days into the year and I haven’t missed a day of writing yet. That’s a pretty impressive streak, especially when you take into account that I started the year with a writing streak of 77 days, which puts my total streak at 106 days. Possibly the longest I’ve ever consistently written every day.
Those seventy-seven days in October to December were all spent on one project too. Well, I say project. It was my NaNo idea for this year and while it was initially supposed to be one novel, it’s currently looking like three or four in a series I’m calling Relationships and Readings. I ran into a bit of a wall trying to move forward with it this month though (but after three straight months that’s not unexpected). I played with a writing prompt for about a week for my daily writing sessions and then I returned to an older set of characters I’ve played with on and off since 2017.
If you’re curious about what I’m working on now, you can check out my A to Z Blogging Challenge posts from 2017 (tagged AtoZ2017). That year I picked out a single word writing prompt for each letter of the alphabet and decided to try to write a continuous story with it. It was a really fun writing exercise (one I may try to repeat in the future) and I was quite pleased with the story that came out of it (which I’ve recently been rereading). I also returned to the characters for a couple Image Prompt responses (#28 and #39).
I’ve spent the last few days trying out a few new scenes and expanding on a few characters and I read back through what I’d written before. I’m having fun exploring and have a few ideas for turning this into either one longer piece, or a collection of shorter pieces. While I was having fun with Relationships and Reading and creating the entire fantasy world that surrounds it, I’m a little glad to be returning to one of my modern-day setting fantasies. Over the years that’s become my favorite type of world building, to layer magic and fantasy elements over our own world.
Regardless of what project I’m working on, I’ve been really proud of myself for keeping my daily writing habit going, especially in such trying and uncertain times. I hope all of you are making progress toward your goals for the year, be they writing or something else.