23rd of June 2019

I’ve had a lazy yet productive day. I got up late and then cleaned the henhouse our. After that I sat down to write at about 10am and drew a blank. So I began typing up some more of a short blog series I’ve been working on. I finished that post about 1pm and then out my feet up and watched movies for the rest of the day. I did work through the 5000 unread emails I had. Okay many of those were bulk cleared because there was only a few which weren’t trying to get me to spend money.

I did write 1008 words this evening though. It was one of those nights where it was like pulling teeth. I did have movies on while writing which is normally too much of a distraction but tonight it wasn’t too bad. I think I even pushed a bit harder with some of the story than I’ve been doing recently.

Tomorrow I have a writing group in the evening, so I’ve got to see to it I get my 1000 words before then.

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22nd of June 2019

Good morning! I’ve been up for two and a half hours because a sore back woke me up at 5am. The backs nothing to worry about, just once in a while I get a little discomfort in my upper back. So I rubbed some cream on it (not easy to be honest) and went back to bed. Still in a little discomfort as the cream takes time to kick in, but I was well awake and knew sleep wouldn’t return till tonight. So I made myself a cup of tea, had a little breakfast and wrote.

I was writing by 5:30, and wrote about a 1000 words. Which is my target done for the day, before 7:30! I’ve tried getting up early in the past, but it never really works out. Honestly, I like my sleep too much. Today, it did work. I’ve got plans tonight so I won’t get anything done then. I might have a little time immediately after work, but now the pressure is off. I’ve hit target for the day and everything else will be a bonus.

This is what I want to be doing more of. If I wake up randomly for what ever reason at 5am, get up and write! It’s making the most of the time available to me.

So, a super good start to the day!

Now, I’m off to get ready for work. Have a good day, and weekend everyone 🙂

21st of June 2019

Just a super quick post tonight. This evening ran away from me as I had a few non-writing related bits to do after work, but I managed to crack out about 600 words. Which, added to the 400 of so I’d written before work got me just over that 1000 words for the day line with 1004. Yeah I just crawled over it, but I got there.

I did make a couple of notes on PE3 and WC as well. Both of those are long term projects and the notes were world building and character development.

I promised a short post, so that’s it! 😁

Have a good one, folks!

20th of June 2019

Good evening, folks. I have written 1037 words today, all of which were before work and during my lunch break.

Today I was listening to this weeks Mando Method podcast which was a Chuck’s Mailbag episode. They answered a question I’d sent in about project and time management. A couple of things Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda said stuck with me. Chuck suggested doing a rolling three day goal, which I kinda like the sound of. I’ve been trying to get into the habit of setting weekly goals, but have been struggling to keep on track with it. The last couple of days I’ve had more focus, so I’m going to give Chuck’s method of a three day rolling targets a go. Armand suggested monthly goals. I think I might find this a bit more difficult as I can struggle with planning forward at times, but I’m going to give it a go. He also said to post them here. That way it’ll keep me honest and give a level of accountability I think will help.

With that in mind, I’ve got a couple of targets I’m going to share. These aren’t monthly ones, but project ones. The first is to have the first draft of my vampire book done by November (NaNoWriMo). The second is to have the first draft of CS1 done by the end of the year.

One of my goals for the year was to write 20,000 words a month, which is 240,000 words for the year. I’m well off target of that. My stretch goal was 30,000 a month (360,000 words for the year), but that’s now my goal for the final half of the year. I need about 31,000 words a month for the second part of the year to hit the 240k. I think it’s doable, about a thousand words a day. I do have NaNoWriMo as well, which’ll help massively.

So, it’s time to get into NaNoWriMo mode earlier than normal. If I have a few minutes spare, write. It works for me. Tomorrow I will also get my three day goals rolling.

19th of June 2019

Good evening folks! Yesterday I wrote 237 words, and today I’ve written 1258……. Yeah I can see a slight difference there. How did I wrote a thousand words more today than yesterday? Well I had more time to write, but it’s not fair to compare to yesterday. I’m in a new relationship and I spent some faulty time with my girlfriend. So it’s not a fair comparison. What is a fair comparison is the evenings of the last few weeks where I’ve written sod all. So, what did I do differently tonight. Come about nine pm I’d finished watching the Porridge Christmas specials and shut the TV off and began writing. I’d had a bath and some dinner. Had a little time to chill out after a busy day at the day job and I was feeling fresh. Before I knew it I’d knocked out a thousand words and know where I’m going with the next few scenes of this vampire story.

During my lunch break I read through some old notes from WC1, and have scrapped many while keeping others. I’m going to need to put all the notes for that project into it’s Scrivener file very soon. This is a project that is a good eighteen months away from me starting it, but it’s going to need preparation. A lot of preparation.

Mac and Cheese and planning.

Despite being a touch tired today, I’ve had a lot of good ideas for a couple of different projects today as well, which is good. It shows my brains is firing nicely at the moment. Its been a while since I’ve had these little ideas pop into my head randomly.

Right, my brain has just clocked off for the day so I’m calling it a night. I’m aiming for a repeat tomorrow!

Have fun, everyone!

17th of June 2019

Good evening all. I’ve written 611 on the vamp book today.

I think I could have got more words written but I had to do some of the non-writing part of being a writer tonight. That is done though, and for the rest of the week I’ll be able to get stuck into this vampire story.

That’s all for tonight, tomorrow I won’t have time in the evening as I’ll be at my girlfriends but I should be able to get the 500 words done before work and during lunch.

Now, I’m off to dive into a book.