2015 In Retrospect – Highlights and Game Changers

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2015 was a huge game changer for me!

Due to having the awesome Jodi Nelson as my coach I learned about social media strategy, mission statements, business plans and editorial calendars for creatives for the first time ever. I learned about crowdfunding campaigns, e-book launches and online courses. I’ve been learning so much from Jodi – even about the power of a creative mindset, habits, setting goals and building in contingency.

In retrospect I have to say that it was a really wise choice at this point in “starting my own business” to hire Jodi as my coach. Jodi is such a strong, beautiful, positive person, a power woman, an entrepreneur, a role model and a social media rock star, just to mention a few of her good sides. 😉

In 2015 I completely changed the way I think about a my writing career. I’ve learned to cherish social media as a great way to connect to other readers and writers, and I’ve learned about how to do my own marketing. Now I see my blog as just another part of my own “writing business”, in addition to actually writing my books. Furthermore, I’ve learned about letting go of perfectionism, to have more fun and to go for my dreams, one step at a time.

In 2015 I also got to know so many great fellow writers also working to become published. Actually feeling like a part of a community has also boosted my self-confidence. Alone, the road ahead seems scary. Together the goals seem achievable.

So again, THANK YOU to every one of you: To everyone reading my blog, connecting with me on Facebook and Twitter, or simply encouraging me in real life when I meet you. Your support has been a huge game changer for me! ❤

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The 2015 Writing Process

Wonder how it feels to write a book? This is how I think it feels – and how it feels to several of my fellow writers on Twitter!

My writing process in 2015 was mainly figuring out how to work towards becoming a writer – combined with my other jobs as well. Sometimes it worked really well, sometimes it worked really poorly. My main writing task of 2015 was to edit the latest draft of A HEART OF FIRE and to start translating it, see below.

If you’re curious about my writing process, you may want to check these posts out:

October Updates: Life is changing! I’m a Socio-Cultural Anthropologist and I am Teaching, Researching, Writing…

Behind the Scenes in October…

How to be a crazy perfectionist (and what to do instead…)

5 Important Insights – when working to become a full-time writer

A Heart of Fire in 2015

The A HEART OF FIRE highlight of 2015 was definitely the cover reveal.

A HEART OF FIRE is Urban Fantasy for Young Adults. A 17-year-old girl, Ane, discovers that she has magical powers, and has to choose to use them for selfish goals or for the greater good, to find her inner strengths, in order to stand up against evil forces. I’ve pretty much planned a series of 6 books, and the first one is already written down in Norwegian.

My next goal is to translate A HEART OF FIRE to English, and in December 2015 I finally managed to start translating. You can follow my translation word count in the bar to the right! 😀

Curious about the story? Here are a few links about Ane if you want to keep reading…

How Ane came to life (including my own drawing of her!)

Editing A Heart of Fire with a chainsaw…

7 Sentences from A Heart of Fire…

Author Life in 2015

A big author life highlight in 2015 was my writer’s retreat. I felt better than I had in a long time and I highly recommend retreating! Here are a few tips on how to conduct your own writer’s retreat!

My MOST READ blog post of all time is on how I arrange my life being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). If you think this may apply to you as well, I warmly encourage you to read the post Highly Sensitive Persons: 20 ways to protect yourself.

In 2015 I read a lot about Feng Shui for writers and redecorated my apartment in February according to it, then moved to a new apartment, and decorated that one too according to feng shui principles for more energy and creativity. The basic principle is that the more clutter you have in your house, the more energy is drained from your energy reserves. I highly recommend giving feng shui principles a try. Here is my blog post on feng shui for writers.

I also combined writing with a day job, one of my many posts on this topic is this one. The main insight is this: The most important thing when combining writing with a day job is to not only show up at the day job. We must show up for our writing time, as well! 😉 Here’s another post on how I stay sane whilst working a day job and chasing an artistic career: 20 little things that make me happy

The Top 2015 Writing Tips

I’ve been asked a lot of questions on how I write, how I manage to complete the stories that I start, how I manage to start writing a new book, and so on.

I love it when people ask me questions about this!

If you have a question, please leave a comment or write me on Facebook or Twitter, and I’ll do my very best answering your question in a blog post!

Some of the blog posts that were questions I answered in 2015 were:

8 Tips: How to Keep Writing and Stay Motivated

How to Get Started Writing a Book

How to Embrace the Creative Process – and the Fact that it TAKES TIME

For Aspiring Authors: PROS and CONS of having a professional coach

Answers to Questions and Challenges in 2015

For a few quick fun facts about me and my writing, see the following posts:

Confessions of A Writer Tag – Answering 20 Questions

Siblinghood of the Blogger Award – Answering 10 Questions

And Now: The Top 10 Most Read Blog Posts of 2015 were:

  1. Highly Sensitive Persons: 20 Ways to Protect Yourself
  2. 8 Tips: How to Keep Writing and Stay Motivated
  3. A Heart of Fire Cover Reveal
  4. How I Increased My Creative Energy: Feng Shui For Writers
  5. How My Fantasy Protagonist Ane Came To Life
  6. Yes! I’m Gonna Be A Full-time Writer! 5 Important Insights 6 Months In
  7. June’s Writng Updates
  8. How It Feels To Write A Book
  9. Calendar Week 8: Working Like A Snail Towards Becoming Published
  10. 5 Important Life Lessons My Grandparents Taught Me

I wish you a all beautiful 2016!

What was YOUR highlight in 2015? Any game changers?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Hugs,

Agnete

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4 thoughts on “2015 In Retrospect – Highlights and Game Changers

  1. A truly awesome summary for an awesome year Agnete. The benefits from the professional coach are visible even in the way you write about them. Need to stop being lazy with social media and my blog myself, so I’m holding you as an example to follow. 😀

    Can’t wait to read your book. Here’s to an equally awesome 2016. 😀

    PS. Keep meaning to tell both you and Beverley: if you want beta reader or critique partner, I’m happy to be one.

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  2. Thank you for your lovely comment, Aura!
    Haha, it makes me happy that you find my blog inspiring. If I have inspired one person, it means that this entire blog has been worth the work! 😀
    Yes, I would love to be your beta reader and would be honored if you would be one of mine! As soon as I have translated the story, I’ll let you read it… 😀
    Cheers to an awesome 2016!
    Hugs!

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