Did we really just wave goodbye to 2016 and enter that nebulous hinterland in which we frequently embarrass ourselves by putting the wrong year on our checks? Yep, looks like.
2016 was something of a landmark year for me. On a personal level, my life has changed in many ways I wasn’t expecting, and I feel I leave it much richer for the lessons it’s taught me.
Some of my more specific highlights included:
- A third 101 Best Websites for Writers mention from Writer’s Digest
- All kinds of exciting awards for my historical/dieselpunk novel Storming:
–Lyra Grand Prize Winner
–IPPY Silver Medal Winner
–Grace Award Winner
–BRAG Medallion Winner
–Best Book Awards Finalist
–IndieFab Book of the Year Finalist
–Realm Award Semi-Finalist
- Release of my seventh writing how-to book Creating Character Arcs
- Release of the accompanying online course Mastering Character Arcs
- Several webinars for Writer’s Digest University, including the new “3 Missing Pieces of Stunning Story Structure” and one for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Online Conference.
- Launch of my exclusive Wordplayers and Super Readers groups for fans of my writing how-to and fiction, respectively
- First and second-round edits on my historical superhero work-in-progress Wayfarer
- Outline for my portal fantasy sequel Dreambreaker
And on a purely personal level, I enjoyed visiting Alaska on a cruise of the Inside Passage this August:
If I’ve learned just one important lesson this year it’s that I need to slow down and smell the roses (or, you know, the book pages—whatever floats your boat), to rediscover life at a slightly slower pace. My goals for this year are more modest than usual: finish Dreambreaker‘s outline, start (and maybe finish) the first draft, release the Outlining Your Novel Workbook computer application(!), release the audio book version of Creating Character Arcs, and publish the Creating Character Arcs Workbook you all have been asking me for. And I’d also like to see if I can make camping in Wyoming and remodeling my basement happen. Fingers crossed.
My Top Writing Posts of 2016
But first, let’s take one last look back at the closing year with this list of my top writing posts of 2016—just in case you missed them the first time around!
My personal favorite post this year: 5 Reasons Writing Is Important to the World
My top new series this year: