My 2017: I Wrote 300k and Discovered My Extrovert

by | 29 December 2017 | Life | 34 comments

2017 has been a year of busyness and adventures and struggles and joys and learning. It seems like aaages since the beginning of the year, and yet at the same time…it wasn’t that long ago at all.

What is time anymore. I’m confused. 😛

And as we all should know by now, yearly wrap ups are the thing to do. I am succumbing to the cliche side and I’m going to do one as well. Hopefully you can bear to read another of these posts. I’ll do my best to make it interesting.

Anyhow, since I can’t keep track of things for more than five minutes, it would be impossible for me to do a full year wrap up. I don’t remember what I ate for lunch yesterday. However, I have a couple of random things that happened this year that were exciting, funny, memorable, or happened to pop into my mind while I wrote this post…


I discovered I am actually…an extrovert *gasp*

I know this sounds weird, but it’s true. I had no idea that I was an extrovert until May this year. 😯 Most other people in my family are introverted, my closest friends are introverted, so I simply assumed “well of course I’m an introvert.”


So funny, Jane. 😉

Even people around me knew I was an extrovert. Apparently it was a lot more obvious to them than it was to me, considering I still didn’t know. I’m a people-loving, bouncy, adventuring, sanguine, enfp extrovert. The more you know. (Or, more specifically, the more know, considering I didn’t realise it for fifteen years of my life. xD)


I wrote four novels (first drafts)

Rogue Escarlate. Operation Flint. A Sprig of Green. Powerless.

Each of these novels were new and exciting (though Operation Flint wasn’t as fun as the others, and it will mostly be thrown off the edge of my local cliff when it comes time for reviewing it) and I absolutely love writing first drafts. They’re like adventures into the wide unknown.

However, it wasn’t all first drafts this year. I also edited Rogue Escarlate and fully planned out my edits for A Sprig of Green—which I will be starting to actually apply at the beginning of 2018. (I’m giving myself a break, such a good girl. I’m so proud.)


Sent out a novel to alphas for the first time

I’d never let anyone but family read my novels in the past, but this year I got four wonderful readers for Rogue Escarlate and argh. They had so many good notes and I’m so grateful for the time they spent on it and it was just a really cool experience overall. Thank you to the epic people who actually read that and liked it even if it is kind of…in need of many revisions. I will get book two to you…one day. I promise I won’t leave you hanging for more than ten years, give or take. 😛


I started my author website!

As you all know, I’m not published yet but this website is one of my steps toward that. Transferring from my blogger blog to this professional website was a big and scary process and there were several times where I was so scared of what other people would think that I wanted to back out of the whole thing.

I’ve had this website for four months now (can you believe it? 😯 ) and I’m ever so glad I chose to go ahead with it despite my fears.



Story from when I started my newsletter: I didn’t think many people would sign up. I was nervously expecting maybe ten people to sign up before the first newsletter went out, and then a couple more people would join later. Pish. You guys totally blew that away. My first newsletter went out to over 30 people, and it’s been growing since then and I can’t believe how many people that is. Like…You guys. You’re the best. I’m so blessed. I love you all.

I’m still experimenting around with my newsletter but I’m really enjoying it all. Every single time I send it out, I get nervous as to whether it was any good, but then you still read it and some of you reply (you know who you are <3 ) and argh. It makes my day, honestly.


I became the official Australian resaler for Burning Rose

I mentioned this in my newsletter at the beginning of the month, but some of you mightn’t know. In October I ordered ten copies of Hope Ann’s Burning Rose and resold them out to friends and family and anyone who would buy them basically. Then I ran out of books and still had more people so I ordered another ten at the end of November!

That’s been one huge learning experience for me. a) Organising details of prices and shipping with Hope Ann and converting between US dollars and Australian was like throwing myself into Mount Doom. b) Marketing practice!! I got to test out my skills and see how best to sell books to a wide variety of different people (including my cousin’s school teacher).

On that note, if you’re an Aussie and you haven’t gotten this book yet but you want it—tell me in the comments or use the contact form and I can sell you a physical copy (with a signed bookplate) cheaper than Amazon and all the overseas shipping. 😛


I wrote 300k in the whole year

Yep. I recorded it. I wrote approximately 306,000 words this year. That’s only including novels and short stories, not going into blog posts and plotting/synopses at all. (That’d probably add…10k? 20k? 30k? who knows…)

That, my friends, is a lot of words. Some words I like, some words I didn’t like. Some words came hard, some words came so fast I almost fell over trying to type so quickly. But they were all words that helped me grow and learn and improve my writing and I’m grateful for each one of them. Even the spelling mistakes. 😉


I started getting paid to do my hobby

At the beginning of this year I never would’ve expected that by today people would have paid me to edit their manuscripts. It’s just insane. Editing in general has been packed full for me this year, since February-ish and non-stop up to right now I’ve been critiquing through at least one person’s project. (Having a 240 thousand word novel on my critiquing plate has taken up a lot of time. 😛 )


Best beach camp e v e r

We have a homeschool conference that we go to every year, and this year we had a more informal beach camp meet up in May and ack. It was so much fun. We had crazy times on the jumping pillow, played ultimate frisbee, went swimming in the shark-infested waters (I’m only half joking), did a mother’s day skit. I got the prize for the most serious injury when I killed my knee, but I still played frisbee anyway because that’s just the sort of person I am. 😛 I will not let pain stop me from having fun.

I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not…

Anyway. I’m definitely looking forward to the beach camp next year. Although this time, I hope to avoid the injury side of things.


My dad took me to see Spiderman: Homecoming

I know this one sounds really small and insignificant, but it was really special. I loved the movie, I loved the time with my dad, it was just so fun and memorable. (We should do it again, huh?)

On that note, I’m hoping to go to see The Last Jedi tomorrow with my sisters, mum, and some friends…If you want photos of my cosplay you’ll have to subscribe to my monthly newsletter. xD



That actually brings us to the end of the list of randomness.

You are the best for sticking with me through the ups and downs of this year. I’m so excited to see what God is planning for next year, because I know it will be so much more than I could ever imagine. Adventures and journeys are waiting to happen and I’m just so looking forward to another step in my life. Another year where I can live and love and draw closer to our heavenly Father.

Adventure awaits. I hope to be ready to meet it with a smile on my face.


What are the craziest/most exciting/unexpected things that happened to you this year? What are you looking forward to next year? Let’s chat!

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. Chelsea

    300K is pretty awesome! I didn’t keep track of how many words I wrote this year, but I estimate it as around 250k. I wrote two full length novels, a 30k novella and I half rewrote another novel, so I think it’s around that, maybe slightly more.
    I went and saw Spider-Man too. It was really good! We can fangirl together 😀
    And I’m glad your editing service has gone so well! I hope to enlist your aid some time next year, but I’m not sure when. I need to wrestle this current second draft under my control first.
    I also (finally!) read A Time to Die, which was awesome and I don’t know why I procrastinated on it for so long!

    • Jane Maree

      Ooh yes. 250k is epic, Chelsea! Amazing job. *throws confetti* I’m pridicting that I’ll write a little less next year because I’ll be doing more focusing on edits, but I’m still planning on writing about three brand new first drafts, so that’ll be fun.
      AHH REALLY?? I love that movie so much. So much epicness and excitment. Tom Holland as Peter was brilliant. *happy flail*
      Best of luck for the draft-wrestling! I know how that can be.
      YES. NADINE BRANDES’ BOOKS ARE THE BEST. *fangirls forever*

  2. MiddleEarthMusician

    It sounds like you had an awesome year, Jane!!! XD I think I know what time is…it’s a breath of air. Literally. XD WHERE DOES IT GO??? XD I have LOVED reading your blogs and snippets of your stories!!! I think they’re great. 🙂 TELL ME HOW YOU LIKED STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI!!! I’m seeing Spider-Man Homecoming soon! XD
    Crazy, unexpected happenings in my life? Doing Nanowrimo for the first time was one; starting Kung Fu was another. One wonderful thing that happened to me this year was discovering new friends and deepening my relationships with my old friends. 😀 Meeting you was a blessing too. <3 Oh, I also started OYAN. XD That has been fun.
    I hope you have a wonderful and extremely blessed New Year!!! XD <3

    • Jane Maree

      I know right?? Each month has seemed to disappear so quickly this year. What is this insanity. xD
      I most certainly will tell you how I like it. *fingerguns* I’m pretty excited about going, and I think it’ll be a heap of fun.
      Eep yes, new friends and old friends. That sounds wonderful. Aw, I’ve been blessed by knowing you too. *hugs*
      You too, my friend. <3

    • Jane Maree

      Ahh, no need to apologise. I love long comments. *hugs and gives you pizza*

  3. Estella Kate

    Beach Camp was SO MUCH FUN!
    including swimming in shark-infested waters, can’t wait till next year!

    The Last Jedi is really good, we watched it for Carl’s birthday.

    • Jane Maree

      Yesss, I’m so excited to hang out and have fun together again!

      Ooh nice! I’m glad you liked it.

  4. Paul Farrelly

    (We should do it again, huh?) – I’m keen. I feel very humbled to be included in this list. I’d love to do Munkeeskins and a movie.

    • Jane Maree

      Yeeep, that sounds wonderful. ^-^

  5. Jenna

    Sounds like you had an awesome blessed year Jane! hope 2018 is another epic year for you!
    O….M….goodness! You haven’t watched Star Wars: the last jedi yet?! I saw it recently with friends. i am trying SO VERY HARD not to give anything away right now. So. Epic.*clamps hand over mouth*😜
    Some of the biggest things i’m looking forward to in 2018 is the Realm Makers conference, self-publishing a short novella after getting a blog up, and the stable i horseback ride at is getting together an equestrian team!

    • Jane Maree

      Eee, yes I did. Thank you!!

      I’m going today! Yess, no spoilers please. 😛 I’ll have to come back and fangirl after I see it.

      ACK. You’re going to Realm Makers? That is SO COOL. I hope all those plans go really well for you, Jenna. 🙂

      • Jenna

        can’t wait to hear your fangirl comments 😉
        thank you! praying they do

        • Jane Maree

          SO MUCH EPICNESS. <3

          • Jenna

            I KNOW RIGHT!!! Han Solo movie coming out in May!👍

            • Jane Maree

              😯 In May?? I thought it was the end of the year? Whoa that is way closer than I realised.

  6. Catherine @ The Rebelling Muse

    WOW, 2017 was definitely eventful for you!!!

    I can’t tell how much that happened in this year alone. Just so much stuff….

    How did you write 300k words this year??? I’m not sure I hit 50k this year!
    You must do a post after you see The Last Jedi!!

    I personally can’t wait to see A Sprig of Green in print :).

    Have a Happy New Year, Jane!!

    • Jane Maree

      300k came from all the crazy writing. xD So many words. 😛

      Eep, yes I might do that actually!

      Aww, that would be so exciting. I hope that one day you can hold a published copy in your hand. ^-^

  7. Quinley

    Looks like you had an awesome year Jane!:) *Hugs* I hope you have a Happy New Year!!

    • Jane Maree

      Ahh thank you. *hugs back* You too, Quinley. 😀

  8. Audrey Caylin

    AAAAHH SPIDER-MAN MADE IT ON YOUR LIST. I love that movie SOO much (if I haven’t mentioned it already xD).

    Sounds like your year was incredible! It was super exciting to see you launch your author website and editing services and read your awesome novel snippets. I can’t wait to see where you are this time next year! Happy New Year, girl *hugs*

    • Jane Maree

      YES THAT MOVIE WAS SO FUN. Also spending time with my dad was wonderful too.

      Ahh, thank you so so much Audrey. You’ve been such an encouragement to me this year and thank you so much for that. *hugs tight back*

  9. Gray Marie

    Happy New Years, Jane!

    Spider Man: Homecoming was AMAZING. XD

    • Jane Maree

      Happy New Year to you as well, Gray. <3

      Ahh yes yes it was. I'm forever a fangirl of that movie. 😛

  10. Aposhipolepo

    Happy new year!!
    Congrats on all the words!!!
    New website and New sletter are both amazing.
    I look forwards to reading Burning Rose and experiencing the epicness that shall be Beach camp.
    Everyone seems to think this year has been much shorter than it ought. anyways

    • Jane Maree

      Same to you!
      Thank you. ^-^ I’m pretty excited about everything that’s happened in 2017 and I’m looking forward to another epic year.
      It honestly does feel like that though. o-o It’s all gone so fast.

  11. Jem Jones

    HOW DID YOU WRITE 300K. (…probably dedication, now I think about it? huh. 😉

    I volunteered at a local comic-con this year! that was pretty special, since I’d never done anything like that before. And on the same topic… *stares down inbox, waiting for newsletter photos of cosplay*

    • Jane Maree


      ooh! That sounds so cool.
      Ah yes yes *rubs hands together* I hope you enjoy. 😛

  12. S.F. Dekreel

    FELLOW ENFP!!! *secret ENFP handshake*
    Four novels?! How on earth do you do that?! XD Wait, didn’t you publish a short story called Sprig of Green on KP? Is this the longer version… or is the short story the shorter version? X)
    I also watched the Last Jedi! It was awesome 🙂
    That sounds like the besistest camp time ever! I wish I lived in Australia now… XD
    Happy New Year!!!!!

    • Jane Maree

      AH YES. *enfp handshakes you* 😛
      Yep! I did publish a short story called that, good spotting. 😉 That story transformed into the first chapter of a novella.
      COME VISIT ME. xD Australia is a lovely place, to be honest.
      You too!!

  13. GJE

    Spiderman: Homecoming was the best!!!

    • Jane Maree

      Ahh yes, I loved it so so much. Everything about it was amazing. <3

      • GJE

        Agreed!!! So many people kept saying they liked the first Spiderman best, but Tom Holland played the role wonderfully! XD

        • Jane Maree

          Yes! And he was definitely my favourite Spiderman so far. He really fit the younger role that they had in this movie.
          So small and precious.

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