It’s the last day of 2018!

2018 was a GREAT year. No surgeries for me! And I learned a ton about myself. I ditched distractions, focused on what matters most in my writing (the writing, duh!), and I increased my productivity by about a thousand percent. And it’s about time too. I’ve been reading and listening to productivity books and blogs and podcasts for several years, but I just now feel like I’m getting the hang of it. So lets take a quick look back, shall we.

2018 Words Writte: 81,304

Considering I aim to write closer to 200,000 words a year, that number is pitiful. So why am I happy about it? Lets break it down by quarters.

Q1: 969
Q2: 6,298
Q3: 1,319
Q4: 69,967

Do you see what happened there? I did the whole focus-on-what-matters-most-and-eliminate-distractions thing in the fourth quarter. Basically, I kicked ass and I’m freaking proud of myself for it. I set a goal of 1,000 words a day and met and surpassed it most of the days. December has been pretty abysmal, but I just have to accept the fact that this month is going to suck productivity-wise.

But look! I wrote more than half a book in one quarter! Don’t ask me about those first three quarters. I don’t think my numbers are entirely accurate. If they are, it means I basically didn’t write at all the first half of the year, and I swear I remember writing some. I at least remember staring at the screen. I don’t think the first 3/4ths of the year was that bad–I think I forgot to record some numbers–but I do think it was bad.

2018 Books Read: 23

That looks like it’s my average for the past few years. Considering I apparently set my Goodreads goal at 12, I did great. lol But I still want to read more, and I’m not sure that number is accurate either. I’ve been terrible at tracking things! I’ve got a plan to track my reading and writing better in 2019.

My 5 Star Books from this year:

The Fallen Empire Series by Lindsay Buroker (yeah, I’m cheating and putting these books together as one. I rated 6 out of 8 of them 5 stars)

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (I need to review this book!)

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (My review)

2018 Best Classes and Workshops

I’m a high Input person. And high in Intellection and Learner. Don’t know what any of that means? I wouldn’t either if I hadn’t taken Becca Syme’s Advanced Strengths for Authors. Or her Write Better Faster course. Or her Write Better-Faster Advanced course.

Basically, I’m a HUGE Becca Syme fan. She had us take the Clifton StrengthsFinders test to see what our personality strengths are, and she taught us how to write better-faster based on those results. In other words, Becca Syme is responsible for my Q4 word count. She is AMAZING, and if you’re a writer and want to get better-faster, you must take her course.

Or buy her book, Dear Writer, You Need to Quit. It should be out early next year. I’ll try to remember to update this post with the link when it releases, but to learn about her courses and the book and all things better-faster, head over to her website.

The other awesome workshop of the year? Sarra Cannon’s HB90 Bootcamp.

You guys, Sarra Cannon rocks. I stumbled across her Youtube Channel a while back, but in November, Roni Loren mentioned (in her newsletter, I think) that Sarra was running a planning for authors boot camp. I signed on immediately. Basically, Sarra is a planner freak and she’s put together a system that works for her, and hopefully, for other authors.

So far, I’m loving it even though it doesn’t officially start until tomorrow. 🙂 But I have my Kanban board ready, my HB90 planner printed out, and my confidence is on the right track to use her system and make 2019 rock every quarter!

Who else is looking forward to 2019? Any plans or goals or resolutions (resolutions scare me, so I prefer goals! lol).

How was your 2019? What were your 5 star reads?