Nothing was written yesterday, or edited. I had a bad day and it wasn’t on the cards at all.
Today, I know I haven’t much time but I’ll try and get some words written at some point. No editing though. I want to get some words down. Just write. Even if I only have ten minutes, I want to get some words down.
Right folks, I need to sort myself out. Have a good day all. And remember, if you want something bad enough, try your hardest to get it. Even if you don’t succeed you can say you you put your heart into it!
Evening, Folks! This will be a super short post. I edited 2583 words on Penal Earth today, and I’ve realised I’ve only got six more chapters to edit. I’m not getting excited. My beta readers pointed out that the ending comes quite suddenly so I’m going to add more to build up to it. I’ve got an idea of what I want to put in there, but I’m not really sure how it’s going to go at the moment.
I have got a short story to get done and dusted by the end of the month (that includes having my betas read it as well), I hope I can get it done. I think I can, but we’ll see.
It won’t be a long post tonight. I haven’t edited but I did write 104 words on the drabble story, yes that’s 4 words over the 100 max it’s meant to be and there’s elements to the story I want to add, but that’s what editing is for.
This week I’m going to be looking at setting myself some targets. Something a little more short term as opposed to the next eighteen months that I’ve been thinking about the last few days.
I do have a lot going on in my personal life that I’m not going to go into detail here. Those things are driving my writing though, more than it’s ever been driven before. Yes, I need to focus again. But I’m getting there. This coming week I’m going to look at the time I have and what time I can give to writing and try and make the most of that time.
I’ve got the emails worked through. I got those five chapters edited, which is 13678 words worked through. I didn’t get the drabble written. I kept looking at it but although I’ve got an idea I haven’t found a way to get it rolling yet. So I’m going to let it simmer for a couple of days and see what it says to me.
It was a real slow burn day. I’m still struggling to get up to the speed I used to be at.
A coupe of numbers for you: Last month I wrote 3626 words and edited 39962 words. The end of August I’ll be reporting different numbers, better numbers.
I’m going to try and get a few bits and pieces done today. I’ve got a tonne of emails to work my way through. I’m tired of seeing so many emails in the inbox and it means I’m missing emails I need to be dealing with in good time.
So thats one goal.
I’m also going to be editing. I’m making okay progress with this main edit, which is Penal Earth, so I’m going to aim for a good day with that one. Last night I said I was going to try for one chapter done today, but I’ve had a change of plans so I’ve got a lot more time to make the most of. So I’m going for five chapters today. It feels a little intimidating, but I’m going for it.
That’s another goal.
Finally I’ve got a drabble to write to submit to an anthology I’ve been invited to. When I got this invite it made my day, it’s super flattering but also hits my ego a little. Although I have a lot of insecurities I do have an ego, it might not be that big but it’s there. It’s also a big challenge to write a drabble. A hundred word story takes a certain skill, and thankfully I do have experience with these flash fiction pieces. I’ve got a number of stories in the anthology 84 Stories 84 Words which are all stories which have only 84 words in. So having a hundred to play with is almost a luxury! But still a challenge. I’m looking forward to it, it’s something I can get my teeth stuck into and hopefully have some fun with it.
That’s three goals. Let’s see how I do at the end of the day.
It is 7:46am and I’m up and have a cup of tea and a laptop on my lap. I had planned to have a lay in but my back decided to scupper that idea, yeah….. I’m getting old!
But anyway, nothing worked on yesterday. After work I had errands to run and a couple of phone calls to make and then, and yeah I’m gonna say it, I binge watch the new Transformers series on Netflix. I needed a little downtime as well if I’m honest. I needed to shut down for a few hours, and although I didn’t get lost into the series as I’d have liked to of done I did a little, and that took a little pressure off me. Even if it was just for a few moments it helped.
I’m feeling pumped at the moment. I feel like I’m getting back into the rhythm of getting writing done. I still need some more focus and start thinking forward a little. I vaguely know what I’m going to be doing in the next few months but I need to start trying to figure out a plan going forward. What do I want from the next eighteen months? How the hell do I even figure out how to plan that out? It’s something I’ve been thinking on, and will until I have an answer.
This next few months are very vital to where I want my writing to be. I need to figure my track out and get on it and know where I want to be and what I’ve accomplished in, say eighteen months time. I need to work out what I’m capable of achieving in that time.
I have no idea how to do that, I’m taking to a few people. Seeing what guidance I can get and formulating a plan from there.
That’s a wrap, folks. I’m going to get cracking with my day. Have a good one folks.
(If you want an idea of how my mind is a little scattered at the moment, how I’m struggling to keep focus then look at the time stamp at the start of the post, and it’s now 9:28am).
Good evening folks! Today has been one which started early and in some respects flew by. At other times it’s dragged on, but not by much. Overall it’s been a good day.
I edited two chapters, which works out at 2770 words. I think I’m getting in the swing of it now. It feels like I’m getting the words a lot tighter and hopefully more smooth to read.
I also figured out how to track how much I’m editing as well. And it’s a really simple solution I should have figured out a long time ago. It’s honestly as simple as adding keeping track of how many words I’ve edited. So today is the first day I’m tracking it but I’ve gone back and looked at what I’ve edited this month already and have added it to my records.
I still feel like I’m going slow, but I’d rather it be quality than just okay. I know it can be better, an editor will tear it apart but it’s a learning process for me. The more I do it, the quicker and more efficient it’ll be.
Without going into details, life isn’t fun at the moment. I’m not saying this for sympathy or excuses. I’m saying it because it affects writing. Writing is what I’m doing outside of work to focus my attention on something that I can control. I can dictate my direction. Yes, there are things outside of my control but I can control more of that then much else in my life at the moment. Work is good, writing is getting better day by day.
Gooooooood evening, folks! I’ve slowly edited two chapters over the last few hours. Concentration is still something I’m struggling with. I’ve got busy week coming up but I’ve two clear days next week and I’m going to try and get rolling nice and early those days and get a mornings worth of work done each day.
Today’s edits weren’t bad. Some of it is just bog standard stuff where I’m tightening sentences up. I think the story is okay at the moment but this project is one that I’m going to go hard on in the next few months and make sure it’s as clean as I can get it.
I’m going to try and change a few things when it comes to sleep. I need more of it, after months of getting very little it’s time I did something to change it. So I’m going to make sure I’m done with writing by 9pm, and TV off by ten. Then read for half an hour and then head down. Especially on a work night. I love my day job and want to make sure I’m on top of my game with it.
I’m wrapping it up for the night. Time to chill out a little before bed.
Good evening, folks. A very quick post tonight as it’s getting late and I have an early start.
I’ve had a busy day. A morning of phone calls and reading and doing work for a personal matter that doesn’t need to be talked about here in detail. This afternoon, through evening I did slowly edit three chapters of a novel. From here on out I’m going to aim for a chapter edited a day, with a stretch goal of three chapters a day.
I’m gonna wrap it there. I’d like to do a little reading before bed and get back into the habit of reading before lights off.