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.

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.

End of Day Post: 23rd July 2017

Just a quick little post to wrap the day up. I wrote 1957 words on the fanfic piece and I’m getting near where it wraps up. I think from here on out there will be more editing than writing.

I have begun typing up my notes for my zombie story this evening. The rest of this week will be focused on getting this draft of the fanfic piece done.

Now, I’m going to finish watching this episode of Doctor Who, and then get stuck into The Devils Servants by CL Raven.

Sunday 23rd July 2017

Normally I title these posts with a big ‘Good Morning’ but I really don’t feel that energised at the moment. It’s not been a great week. Let’s do the highlights first: War For The Planet Of The Apes. Fantastic movie that really took me on a ride. It was very well done and a good way to wrap up that trilogy. Matt Reaves has directed the last two movies in this trilogy and I am very happy he’s at the helm of The Batman. Another plus point was seeing the new Defenders trailer. I was extremely excited watching this, but those last few seconds had me bouncing up and down! And I think I’ve made as many notes on how to fix my zombie story as I can.

To the bad now; I’ve only written 2536 words today. I have edited as well because the fan fiction piece is part re-writing and adding new scenes but also editing what I’ve written already. That said, I would have liked to have at least hit the 5k for the week. The worst part of the week has been the death of Chester Bennington. I will write a post about this because of the importance of Linkin Park in my life.

This week, I’m going to turn it all around. I’ve been incredibly sloppy with writing for a the last few weeks. I should have made more progress with the Fan Fiction piece, so I’m planning to have it done by the end of the month. This draft at least; it still feels a little like its in a bit of a mess. So once it’s done I’m going to print it off and have a good read through it. Once I’ve finished this draft I’ll be back onto the zombie story and get that sorted out and aim to have it done by the end of August.

My word count for the next week is 5k, which is my unofficial weekly target, but I’m going to go hard today and try to hit half of that number. So I’ll check back in tonight and give an update.

Good Morning, Sunday 9th July 2017

I was going to start this post by saying I’ve had a bad weeks writing, that I’ve slacked off for most of the week but as I add up my words for the week I’ve not done as bad as I thought: Last Sunday, the 2nd, I wrote 407 words. On Monday 232, Tuesday 1013, Wednesday 570, Thursday and Friday a bit fat 0 for both days, and yesterday (Saturday 8th) 949. That’s a total of 3171 for the week from this time last Sunday. It’s still not as good as I’d like it to be but I was pleasantly surprised when I added those numbers up.

For a long time now I’ve felt like, for me, twenty thousand words a month is an achievable goal. That breaks down to five thousand a week and a thousand a day. When I look at my day job, spending time with family and friends, and the silly amount of time I spend watching movies and boxsets (I’ve just finished the second series of The Man In The High Castle, wow!), then I think 20k a month is a decent target. For the moment. Over time as I get more disciplined I’ll raise that target as I go depending on how productive I am getting. I think I’ll keep the 20k as a minimum target though. If I can hit that each month I will be thrilled.

To do that though I’ve got to be prepared, that’s where the outlining comes in. I’m working on two at the moment that are at different stages. My plan is to have them both done for when I finish fixing the zombie story, and for when I finally finish this second draft of my fan fiction piece. Then I can dive in and be writing each day in addition to editing. I’m not sure how I’ll manage my time at that point but I’ll figure it out. I’ve got a few ideas I’m working on but I think a lot will unfold when I’m doing it.

I’ve got another blog post to write, then a little breakfast and then I’ll be getting into this fan fiction piece. I want to start this writing week off with a chunky word count.

4th July, 2017

I’ve had a productive day, just over a 1000 words on the fan fiction piece that I managed to delete 10,000 words on a couple of months ago. This story has been knocking about inside of my head for a week or two now and it feels like time to get cracking on it again.

I’ve started making notes for the second draft of the zombie story as well. I’m seeing the story a lot differently now, it’s like I’ve got a new perspective on it and I can see where I’ve stumbled. I thought I’d done quite a thorough outline but looking on the finished draft I can see that I didn’t, and I missed out on some really basic elements that are required to make it work all the better.

I spoke on Sunday about an unexpected complication and how it’s meant I’ve had to remap my plans for the rest of this year at least. That complication was spun on its head on Sunday just a few hours after I’d blogged about it, and the consequences might not be as drastic as I was fearing them to be. But it’s opened my eyes and I’ve got to decide how I’m going to move forward over the next few months. I know I’m still being vague and I apologise for that, but its not something I can go into detail on I’m afraid.

At the moment my plan is to try and finish this fan fiction piece and then get the second draft of the zombie story done. I am outlining two other stories as well, one is a rewrite while the other is for an idea I had a while back that I’m really excited about.

I think the next six months are going to be important for me. A lot could change and I’ve got to make sure I’m making the right decisions moving forward.

Oh, just quickly, last months word count total was 14326 words.