Monthly Review: December 2017

December is a reflective month for me, between doing a personal annual review and a creative annual review. It’s also a month of recovery, after the intensity of November’s NaNoWriMo challenge.

Last month’s review.

Creatively Productive — doing pretty well

  • After years of putting it off, I finally created a Society6 shop and uploaded six designs! One thing I get to cross off the creative bucket list ;) Five were adapted from previous work, and I created one new illustration.
  • I re-read the draft of my Beauty and the Beast retelling that I wrote during NaNoWriMo. It’s worth finishing, phew! And I think the scene cards are working — I didn’t find any scenes that obviously needed to be removed.
  • I started re-reading the draft of my work-in-progress novel. I spent a lot of time over the spring reworking the first quarter, and I think that work paid off.
  • I did two outlining sessions and one actual writing session, where I wrote 2800 words over 5 pomodoros :)
  • I completed a creative annual review for my writing and graphic design productivity, work and practice. I evaluated how I did in 2017, and set goals for 2018.

Creative Work I want to Accomplish In January

  • Finish re-reading WIP novel draft
  • Write more of Beauty and the Beast first draft
    • Write scenes I’ve already created scene cards for
    • Prepare additional scene cards, and finish preparing the ones I’ve started
    • Goal = finish writing Act 2

process goals for Creative Work In January

I’m going to try following the creative process goals outlined in my 2017 creative annual review:

  • Complete 7 Pomodoros a week
  • Continue attending group writing sessions, and re-start solo writing sessions
  • Draw one day a week

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2017 Creative Annual Review and 2018 Creative Goals and Work Plan

Each year, I complete a creative annual review to assess what I accomplished, evaluate the techniques and tools that I used, and think ahead to the next year’s creative goals. My creative review process focuses on my writing and graphic design / illustration, with an emphasis on the creative work I do outside of my day job.

My Creative Productivity in 2017

What creative work I Made in 2017

Illustration for short story “Amber: Liquid, Whispering”

My 2017 Productivity by the Numbers (from RescueTime)

  • 277 hours writing
    • 61 hours during NaNoWriMo
    • 24 hours of hard-copy edits
    • 12 hours of hard-copy outlining
  • 52 hours design + drawing + photoshop
  • 1.25 hours / day on creative work
    • Goal was 1.5 hours / day (or 10.5 hours / week) — met goal 115 times

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Monthly Review: November 2017

November is always a wild month for me, because for the last seven years I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I found Chris Baily’s thoughts on “tilting” this month apropos — purposefully choosing to over-commit to one aspect of your life for a short time to complete a project.

Last month’s review.

Creatively Productive — doing great

I “won” NaNoWriMo on November 24, and met my goal of 60k for the month.

  • Number of words written: 60,441
  • Active writing time: 61 hours
  • Time at writing sessions: 94 hours 30 minutes
  • Number of writing sessions (public and by myself): 50
  • Number of write-ins attended (official and informal): 18
  • Number of Pomodoro writing sessions: 41

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