2018 Writing Update: Word Nerd Scribbles Shenanigans

At the beginning of the year, I posted about my writing goals for 2018. As we’re over halfway through the year now, I’m thinking it may be time for an update. 

At the beginning of the year, I posted about my writing goals for 2018 and haven’t made a peep about them since. As we’re over halfway through the year now, I’m thinking it may be time for an update.

Addressing Old Goals

Word Count

In the previously mentioned post, I indicated I wrote 120k words last year. I’ve made that my target word count goal for this year (even though I said I wouldn’t, fickle me), but I haven’t been tracking my word count this year at all. Between seventeen Hopeful Wanderer short-stories, twenty-six Getting to Know You articles for my job, two (three?) fanfictions, four original short-stories, and novel progress, I have no idea how much I’ve written. I figure I’ll tally it all up at the end of the year. Le shrug.

Unfinished Manuscripts

I also said I would finish three manuscripts from last year. I have completed…

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… one (1) of those. But listen, it was pretty impressive that I finished that one at all and I felt like a writing god when I did. For Reasons, I decided to permanently remove one of those manuscripts from my writing list. The third is in progress at this very moment

Secret Projects

I didn’t say this before, but I copied over one of last year’s goals to write and submit three short-stories to this year.

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Though I haven’t submitted that third short-story anywhere yet, I have written it, so this should be completed soon. Now I’m feeling like I want to get that revision done, just so I can check this goal off. So close!

Beyond those three, I did revise and submit a short-story piece from last year. Plus that manuscript I finished in Goal #1 lands somewhere between a short-story and a novelette in length, so words are happening!

On to New Goals

The Hopeful Wanderer

What started out as a throwaway project to maintain online presence has become something that’s gaining an audience. I post micro fiction about The Hopeful Wanderer every Thursday (unless I’m late) and putting more heart into each piece than I originally intended has me liking the series very much myself. I have a secret project idea for this series, about which I will release information later. Subscribing to my Patreon will get you in on details about the project sooner and let you influence the direction it takes.

Patreon

I don’t have a Patreon yet, but I’m planning to start one soon! I want to meet some audience goals before I feel justified in starting one up, but as I mentioned above, I already intend to let supporters influence my Hopeful Wanderer project. Beyond that, it will feature early access to any fiction I post online, as well as to longer works (probably). I will also do coloring pages for my supporters.

Audience goals involve bumping up my subscribers numbers on the blog and the Facebook page just a little more, so if you want to help make this happen, please subscribe with the Follow button to the right on a computer or below this article on a phone/tablet, and/or throw a like on the Word Nerd Scribbles Facebook page (you don’t have to choose just one; you can do both and I’ll still count them. *wink wink*).

Ko-Fi

I’m totally already on Ko-Fi, which lets you ‘buy me a coffee’ for $3, so anytime you feel like throwing support my way in an un-committed fashion, you’ve got this option. I’m using the Ko-Fi to fund a goal for the blog!

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I want to commission an official logo for Word Nerd Scribbles, which I will then use to boost the Facebook page posts, which should bring in more audience, ultimately culminating in justification for that Patreon. As far as online content and projects go, completing this goal ignites a chain reaction of events that will push Word Nerd Scribbles forward.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Jenette Baker and ‘Gleepwurp the Eyebiter’ for your early support!

Ultimate Goal

This year, next year, and every year, I aim for the goal of entertaining you, my readers. Thanks so much for hanging around and reading what I write. It’s great to have you here!

Want to talk about your favorite thing about Word Nerd Scribbles so far? Got suggestions for goals that have helped you as a content creator? Let me know in the comments!


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