IWSG Day & January Writing Challenge Update

Happy IWSG Day! It’s the second IWSG bloghop of the year. And here we are again on the first Wednesday of every month. Thanks for bringing us together to share our writing ups and down. Our concerns and breakthroughs, goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.

The co-hosts for the February 1st posting of the IWSG are: Jacqui Murray, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Pat Garcia, and Gwen Gardner!

Interested in joining us? Click on the badge above. Our Twitter hashtag and handle are #IWSG and @TheIWSG.

So what’s going on with me this month?

Well, I’ve completed my first monthly random wheel WIP challenge. As you know I was a NaNoWriMo rebel last year. I used a random wheel to work on 12 WIPs and it led me to a 30 day writing streak. I figured since it worked so well then why not keep on doing it.

So I brought the random writing wheel back. And scaled it down to a mixture of short stories and novellas, totaling nine WIPs. And for three days each WIP will have my undivided focus. That’s 27 days for each month with a 3-4 day mini break before I start all over again the next month.

How did I do for January? Let’s see:

WIPDay 1Day 2Day 3Total Words
January 3 – 204 wordsJanuary 4 – 213 wordsJanuary 5 – 219 words636 words
January 6 – 215 wordsJanuary 7 – 425 wordsJanuary 8 – 216 words856 words
January 9 – 259 wordsJanuary 10 – 196 wordsJanuary 11 – 210 words665 words
January 12 – 0 wordsJanuary 13 – 0 wordsJanuary 14 – 0 words

January 15 – 320 words
320 words
January 15 – 364 wordsJanuary 16 – 190 wordsJanuary 17 – 0 words554 words
January 18 – 237 wordsJanuary 19 – 0 wordsJanuary 20 – 269 words506 words
January 21 – 204 wordsJanuary 22 – 355 wordsJanuary 23 – 152 words711 words
January 24 – 388 wordsJanuary 25 – 208 wordsJanuary 26 – 281 words877 words
January 27 – 0 wordsJanuary 28 – 139 wordsJanuary 29 – 260 words399 words

Although I missed 6 days, I managed to write 5,524 words last month. Been on a mini-break since January 30th. And will spin the random wheel again tomorrow as February is a short month.

February 1 question – If you are an Indie author, do you make your own covers or purchase them? If you publish trad, how much input do you have about what goes on your cover?

My first published book I did the cover myself. I found a free photo to use for the ebook cover. 

For the book anniversary I updated the cover, this time using a book designer I found on Fiverr. I described what I wanted, and he gave me two versions. Satisfied with the second version, I paid promptly. 

Version 1
Version 2

Of course I still do make my own covers myself using photos found on Pixabay and Canva.com. But they’re only temporary covers. Whether I self or trad, I’ll use a professional designer and give as many specs to what I’m looking for. And hopefully a beautiful cover that’ll make both sides happy will be created.

What’s going on with you this month? Did you participate in #IWSGPit? How did it go? If you are an Indie author, do you make your own covers or purchase them? If you publish trad, how much input do you have about what goes on your cover?

Happy birthday month! Happy Black History Month! Happy Valentine’s Day!



    • Right? You should. I don’t know if the person who designed them is still on Fiverr. But if they are, I would definitely try to contact them again for future book covers.

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    • Yes it was. Even tested it out by printing a paperback proof of both.
      The first chosen WIP from the random wheel is once again “Love Lines.”


  1. Love the idea of a Work in Progress Wheel, especially with multiple titles in play. I tend to work on one thing at a time, although I will set it aside if something else comes up that takes priority. In January, I managed to finish one book and I’m 2/3 through a second. I average 5000 words a day and try to put in 6 hours a day. Unfortunately, life often gets in the way! As others have said, second cover was impressive.

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    • I do the same. I suffer from new-story-idea-itis. That’s why I have so many unfinished WIPs. But with the wheel I can tackle them, plus it also helps me with something else I sometimes suffer from. Fall-out-of-love-with-my-story-itis.

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    • That’s the best thing about it. It takes the hemming and hawing of what to work on next away. And before the chance to lose interest sets in, I’m working on another WIP. Giving time for the previous one to stew in my head until I go back to it again.


  2. The WIP Wheel is an interesting way to motivate yourself, Lidy! I’m a big believer in whatever works. I liked your second cover best. It’s easier to see in a smaller format. Loved the Mark Twain quote. Have a great February.

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