How are we feeling nearly a week into 2022?
I quite A LOT of groups (and people) on Facebook so that the world feels like it’s ending less. It has done wonders for my mental health and my productivity so far. Admittedly, this first few weeks of January is usually pretty good for getting things done, because we’re so pumped for the new year. However, if we ride that motivational wave, at least we start off pretty well, even if it does taper off over time.
This year, I wanted to focus on really nailing my book production system and have started recording my word count for every project, every day. How can we get better at something if we don’t know how we are doing currently?
This goal has started off well, as I’m tackling two projects at the moment: book 5 in The Rogue Valkyrie series, and the prequel, now titled Blood & Shadows by my ever so helpful Facebook group. When I first started this series, I struggled to write 2,000 words a day, which is a bit of a bummer when you watch the pros churn out upwards of 10,000 words a day.
But as with everything, a little time and patience works wonders. Thanks to an entire December of organising and ensuring I wasn’t entering 2022 half-cocked, I have routinely hit 4,000 words a day across projects. To have doubled my daily word count in a year is insane to me, but I hope to go even further and start hitting those pro-level word counts every day. Who knows where we’ll be in 2023?
In other good news, I have my very first patron on Patreon and am very grateful for their support. While I’m still figuring out how Patreon works, I’ve managed to provide most of the perks from the start of the month and with a bit of catching up, will be on track by the end of January. If you haven’t heard about my Patreon yet, head on over and have a look – in addition to supporting my author career, you get a bunch of really neat perks!
Lastly, Blood & Shadows is about to hit the shelves very soon. By shelves, I mean available through my newsletter if you are a subscriber! Blood & Shadows is a novella that explores Nate’s life in London in 1893, which has been such fun to write, and I really hope that fans of The Rogue Valkyrie series enjoy it.
If you haven’t started the series yet but are a fan of urban fantasy romance books, Valkyrie Cursed is first in the series, so be sure to check it out here!
All in all, week one of 2022 has been great and in some pretty wholesome ways, and if the rest of the year is just like it, I would be super happy. I hope your first week in this new year has been awesome and if not, that the next one is just as you like it.
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