August Lookback (2017)

This month started off with me wrapping up the final few words of the fan fiction piece I’ve been playing with for the last couple of years before I moved on to a story I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’ve had it relatively well outlined but I’ve found I’ve deviated from that outline but not like I have done in the past, and it’s adding to the larger plot of what I hope will be a trilogy when it’s done. I’m now back on track with the outline now.

Numbers wise, I’ve written 12,335 words for the month. That’s an average of 397 words a day. I only had five days where I didn’t write.

For the year I’ve written 83,116 words so far. That’s about 10,000 a month and well below my target of 20,000 words a month. I’ve not hit the 20k a month yet this year. One of my goals for the rest of the year is to hit that 20k a month.

Writing with pen and paper is a slower way to write for me but I like how I write when I write longhand.

I’m happy with how August has ended. It’s been a good month and I’m enjoying the story I’m working on now. Bring on tomorrow and more words.

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Good Morning, Sunday 27th August

This week hasn’t been productive with writing. Where I’ve done some decorating this last week I’ve not had any time in the evenings to write, not that I was doing a lot in the evenings before this week. That I will be planning to change this coming week. I’m still putting all the stuff back into my room so I think I’ll be spending today and tomorrow sorting that out. I’m a little OCD with a few things and I’d really like to get my movie collection put back into alphabetical order again. I’m going to merge DVDs and Blu-Rays as well. I did have the Blu-Rays on their own but I’d like to have my movie library in proper order.

I will make a little time to write over the next couple of days but once I’ve got my room back into order I’m going to make a concentrated effort to get more words a day written. At the moment I’m only doing at most three hundred words a day and I want to slowly bring that up to the thousand a day mark again. Writing longhand takes a little longer for me but hopefully it’ll be a better draft.

I did have some good writing related news last week that I’m really excited about and will share soon.

I’m looking forward to getting back into a little more of a regular routine this coming week. Between decorating and being a man down at work (colleague on vacation), this last week has been a busy one. So a little normality will be nice.

Where I’m At

I’m a bit on the busy side at the moment. I’m decorating after work this week, so I won’t be getting much writing done of an evening. Not that I’ve been doing a lot of writing in the evenings… Anyway, I am still going to be added words as and when I can.

The story I’m working on feels like I’m getting bogged down a little so I’m aiming to fire it up a little and get back on track. I’ve not stuck to my outline hugely but I’m still in a position where I can go back to the outline because I haven’t gone past any key points yet.

Once I’ve done the decorating I’m going to try and get back into the habit of writing in the evenings. I have fallen into a slump with a few bad habits. So I want to try and refocus my energy and get out of this slump.

The Devil’s Servants by CL Raven

The Devil’s Servants is a story set during the 1649 Edinburgh Witch Trials and tells the story of Nessie and how she gets wrapped up in the trials.

Now, I am a big fan of CL Raven. Not only are they great people I LOVE their writing. Their previous release, Silent Dawn, blew me away and I had high expectations for The Devil’s Servants, and I wasn’t disappointed.

It’s very easy to feel like you’re in Edinburgh while reading this. CL Raven give just enough to fuel the imagination, I felt like I was there in the graveyard, or the market. Or in Nessie’s room. Especially the Gaol. Cat and Lynx know a lot about the subject of the witch trials from this era, and that came through in the book.

Not only is it beautifully written, its gripping. I’m really not a big fan of historic fiction in any form. It’s just not something that catches my attention, The Devil’s Servants really hooked me though. The amount of times I thought I’d only read one chapter and end up reading two or three instead, I can’t even count.

With each book, Cat and Lynx Raven are getting stronger and stronger with their writing. I haven’t read all of their work, but each time I read one of their stories I see the strength there is in them. With each new release I see a new strength to their work. One of the elements I loved in Silent Dawn was the relationship between the main three characters. What I love in this book is what Nessie goes through and her whole arc. I felt a lot of her conflict throughout the story and really liked how her story wrapped up.

A quick little shout out for the cover(above image) by David V G Davies. It’s awesome!

I strongly recommend The Devil’s Servants, it’s a page turner and one that got me interested in a part of history that I’ve never really paid much attention to. Please check it out.

Good Morning, Sunday 13th August

This week I’ve written 2250 words on the new project. That breaks down to 750 Last Sunday, 450 on Monday, 350 on Tuesday, 450 on Wednesday, 0 on Thursday, 250 on Friday, and 0 yesterday (in my defence I did try to write late on last night but the cat interfered). Not much of an excuse but it was gone eleven that I decided to write last night.

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Here’s the evidence 😉 

The last few weeks have felt busy. The day job is always busy, so there’s not much of a change there. Outside of work though I’ve had a few more evenings than normal when I’ve been away from home, and at times when I’ve not been feeling especially well. I have a kidney stone, which although not the most dire of problems, when it hurts, it hurts!

So writing in the evenings just hasn’t seemed like a possibility. I did have one night this week where I was working on edits on a short story but the rest of the week seems to have been just having enough time to eat and bathe and then it was nearing bed time. When I think about it, it feels like the last few weeks have felt like that.

I am writing by hand now, and although I am a little slower with a pen than tying I don’t think I’m as much slower as I think I am and I think I’ll be able to still get to the 1000 words a day if I can get some writing done in the evenings as well as my lunch breaks.

Monday 7th August 2017

Just a quick post to end the day. I wrote 450 words on the new project during my lunch break and chilled out a little this evening while I typed up notes for the second draft of my zombie story.

I’m going to give it a couple of days then I’ll get stuck into that again and see how it comes out. I’d like to avoid a full rewrite and look at each scene as I go and add scenes as and where they’re needed.

I’ve got a Write-In on Wednesday, and a few other things I’ve got to do this week. So I’m not sure how much I’m going to get done but I’m aiming to make the most of the time that I do have.

Good Morning, Sunday 6th August 2017

*****Random, waffling post ahead!*****

Well, not a lot more to add from yesterday’s post. In fact, nothing to add really. But I thought I’d just share some numbers from last week and from July, and for the year. As well as a couple of thoughts on my writing year to date.

Last week(from this time last Sunday) I wrote 1134 on the Sunday 30th, Monday 31st I wrote 835, on Tuesday the 1st I wrote 355, Tuesday was 259 and 802 in two sittings, Wednesday was 176. Thursday I wrote 236 and then 240 on a new project, and finally yesterday I wrote 1217 to wrap up the fan fiction piece. That gives me a total of 5254 words for the week.

This is the first week since I’ve been tracking weekly numbers that I’ve passed my goal of 5000 words a week since June, and that was when I had a week off from work. This is kind of strange because I have felt a little demoralised with writing this week. I got stuck and struggled to get over the hump initially, but those couple of 1000+ days really helped to push me over the edge. This has given me a boost, one I probably needed quite badly. The fan fiction piece has been hard work, and I’m not happy with it and want to go through and work on it and get it to a higher quality, but I want to get back to my own projects and get the zombie story straight so I can send it out to Beta readers and then (hopefully) into the publishing process.

As for last month, I wrote 16169 words for the whole month, which is 3831 words shy of the 20,000 a month I’m trying to aim for.

The year so far looks like this: January 19229, February 3027, March 0, April 11835, May 6195, June 14326, July 16169. That totals out to 70781 words for the year, not including any words from this month.

 

What I’ve got to do now is up my productivity but also get myself to a point where I’m more focused on the projects and know what tone I want them to have and where I want the stories to end.

I need to focus and not let myself get as distracted as I am prone to. I am also taking into consideration the fact that myself and my family have had quite a turbulent couple of years. It has made it a little harder and when something has had to give, it’s more often than not been writing. That is something I need to change though because when I am getting words written, and I’m happy with them, I’m happier in myself.

I’ve got a busy day ahead of me, all non-writing related, but I’ve got time to scribble some words onto paper around midday. There’s always time to write, its the will to write that makes finding the time possible. I’ve got to tell myself that more often.