NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Twenty-Nine

Good evening. Only 209 tonight, but then I wasn’t expecting to get much more. My aim was simply to pass the 43000 word mark which I did. Tomorrow I’m aiming for a big day of words, but will not push myself to exhaustion. When I hit the wall, I hit the wall. What I’m not going to do is try to push through because that rarely works out for me.

Looking at it now, I’ll be happy with another 2000 words.

I won’t stop writing come Tuesday. This story still needs to be finished, I still have other projects to work on. So I’ll be cracking on, but I will maybe look at other types of targets to hit.

Right, that’s me done for the night.

Good night all, and don’t forget to be awesome!


NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Twenty-Eight

I really don’t want to give you folks a summery of yesterday’s word count, because it was rubbish! But here it is….171 words for the day.

I know, that’s more than I had at the start at the day, but I’m disappointed in myself. I know I was tired, but I had times when I could have got a few more words down. I really need to sit down and plot out my days better. When I’ve got a busy week I need to pick out when I can write and make the most of the time I’ve got. I know I’ve said that before, I just need to pull my head out of the sand and do it.

The cats in harmony, which lasted a few minutes but better than nothing!

To hit 50,000 words for the month I need to write 7,204 by midnight tomorrow. This is not me being pessimistic, but I’m not going to hit the 50k. I have written that in a day, but I don’t want to be comatose afterwards. I’ve got tomorrow off, and I’m going to give it a good go, but I’m not going to burn myself out over it.

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Twenty-Six

A very tired human being here. I wrote a little under eight hundred words tonight.

I kind of sacrificed today. As I was wiped out when I finished work I got my head down and slept this afternoon. I’m going to have a hard push tomorrow and then I won’t get much done over the weekend and then have a super push on Monday.

Can you guess where the cat is? 🤣

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Seventeen

Less than 900 words today. I overlaid so couldn’t get much written before work, and finishing late meant not a lot of time to write once I’d eaten.

I am still ahead, but if I have another day like today then I won’t be ahead.

Right, I’m going to get my head down and see if I can have a better nights sleep than I have done the last week or so.

A picture of Raven cuddling her pink mouse 😊

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Fifteen

Wow, halfway through the month already. I’ve had a chill out day today, which I need to stop doing. I need to get up on a day off, have breakfast, get dressed, get writing. Simple as that. No thinking I’ll watch an episode of this or that (today it was The Queen’s Gambit, which was lethal as I’ve all but watched it now). I still got 2317 today, but I could have got 3000 words done, if not 3500. I know I have the ability to do that when I’ve got a day off and I should be doing it. For the speed I can write at and the time I have, it is easily doable.

I was on a Facebook live event tonight with the Mando Method Podcast folks. It was a lot of fun and in the hour before it I managed to crack out about a 1300 words to add to the 1000 or so I’d already written throughout the course of the day. We talked about NaNoWriMo at the halfway point and how we were all progressing. We touched a few other topics as well. It was a lot of fun, its been a while since I laughed that hard. It was really good to talk to these folks in real time as well. Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda have been very supportive to myself and many other writers. Please give it a watch 😊

Grumpy cat stare!

I’ve got one more days leave before getting back to my normal working week, so writing time will be cut down. But I can still get all the words done I need to, and more. I’m going to set myself a target of an hour at my desk a day. That’s head down and writing/editing. I’m not going to set word count goals at the moment, I want to get in the habit of spending that hour a day at the desk. My biggest enemy is myself and in particular my lack of discipline. That is something I need to overcome.

Under The Weather is the third book I’ve been published in. With my story, The Snow, I knew roughly what I wanted to do with it but it took a few little twists and turns along the way, but it was never a difficult write. One major element did change in the story which changed the entire theme of the tale. I still think it works, and it’s one that I’m really happy with.

Well folks, that’s me wrapping it for the night. I’m gonna watch a bit of tv and then read a little before bed. I’m aiming for an early start tomorrow.

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Eleven

Wow, it’s hard to believe we’re at day eleven already. In some ways the last eleven days have flown by but in others it feels like its dragged out. I’ve been off from work as well, which I think plays a part in that weird time displacement that’s been going on the last eleven days.

One of my guest appearances on Stefan’s Daily Gaming 🙂

I’ve written 2002 words for a total of 21423 words. I was aiming for 1667 words every day, regardless of what I wrote the day before. I’ve failed at that. I’ve had three days where I got under that target, and that’s not good enough when I look at the why I haven’t written 1667 each day. I know the why, and I’ve got to figure out how to stop it from happening again. I’m looking at trying a few things in the next few weeks to see to it that it doesn’t happen again. My biggest hindrance is I’m not as disciplined as I could be. That’s what I need to get a handle of. I can’t let my wondering mind destroy my concentration. I need to focus better and make the most of the resources that I have in place to get these stories done.

Today, I feel like I did good. I wrote those 2002 words and then made some red pen edits on a short story (only a couple of thousand words), and I prepared for a Zoom appointment this evening and did a little gaming.

Dizzy wasn’t interested in gaming, but made herself comfy.

After the Zoom call I’ve put my feet up, had some dinner and am now watching Daybreak on Netflix. Tomorrow I’m going to (try) to get up at about 8am like I did today, and get some words done nice and early because you know what? I’ve had a productive day. I’ve felt more relaxed today than I have done in a few weeks. I know that’s not just the writing, but that is a good percentage of it. If I can keep being productive, I have better days.

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Ten

Good evening, folks. Just a quick post tonight. It’s been a slow day after a few rough nights sleep. I’ve felt very lethargic today as well which hasn’t helped. I wrote 1369 words for the day, which is not near the 1667 I’d hoped for.

Tomorrow is a new day though and although I’ve got an appointment to prep for I have the time to write and I’m going to aim to get back on track.

Raven being Raven the other day!

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Seven

Good evening, folks! 1743 words this evening. Earlier in the day I edited and submitted a story to an anthology. This story I wrote while in quite a bad place and I think some of the darkness I was feeling at the time transferred into the story.

1743 isn’t the 3000+ I wrote yesterday but that was an anomaly and today was what I’m aiming for. It’s all good and well hitting a 3k day but if tomorrow I can barely do a hundred words then it’s not much good. I’d really like to get to a consistent level of productivity. I’d really like to get into the habit of doing 1500 a day throughout the year. So looking at next year, that might be a goal I aim for. It’s not outside the realm of possibility, even with my day job. I just need the discipline to sit my chunky arse in a chair and write.

Editor Dizzy sleeping on the job! She’s seventeen, so I think she’s allowed 😊

Tomorrow I need to sit down and touch base with where I am with my projects. I’ve lost a little track, the story I submitted today I only did so because the editor put up a post about the approaching deadline! So I need to work better to make sure I’m not missing these deadlines as they come along.

That’s it for the night, I’m going to read and then get my head down. I’d like an early start and get a mornings work done before feet up and relax tomorrow.

NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Five

Good evening, folks! I’ve written 2257 words today for a total of 9671. I was going to try and push through and hit 10k tonight but my brain is mash.

The story is beginning to come along and I’m just about to add a new element to it that I’m looking forward to merging into the story arc that I’ve got so far. Hopefully I’ll be able to start that tomorrow.

Yesterday was a day that got off to a bad start and I never quite recovered. Something I want to do is hit the 1667 words a day. If I can do that from here on out then I’ll easily hit the 50k. Im not just trying to do that though, there is an element of wanting that achievement after the last few months I’ve had, and that I didn’t hit the 50k last year. Also, I want a completed story when the month is said and done, a story that I can look to publish next year. I think the story is good enough, and I’m liking the setting and the world I’m building.

I know I can write, I know I can finish a story. I’ve just got to get better at sitting in the chair and staying on track.

Dizzy often comes and find me when I’m writing 😊

30th October 2020

Morning folks! Another busy day ahead, but today will be helping ,my folks out more than anything else.

I’ll make a little time to write later on in the day but it won’t be much. I am hyped for NaNo, we’re so close now and I’m a little gutted I can’t dive in for a midnight sprint as I have work on Sunday, but I’ll write during my break and then when I get home.

Right, I’m off to start my day. I hope y’all have a pukka day!

A little picture of Raven the other day when I was writing 😊