Sunday 18th February 2018

At the start of the year I’d set myself a goal of averaging 500 words a day. In January I wrote an average of 508 words per day. So far this month I’m averaging 451 words per day. I’m pretty happy with this, especially as I’m kind of stuck on the three stories I’ve been working on mainly this year. I’ve got into a bad habit of getting stuck on, then moving to another one, and so on. It’s a bad cycle I’ve got myself sucked into. So I’ve taken a step back and I’m going to do a read through/edit of the three stories and see where I am with them all.

One of them was meant to be a submission piece, but I’m over 6000 words in and no where near the ending of the story. It’s also still very rough in far too many places and the deadline for the anthology is just around the corner. So there is no way I’d be able to get this wrapped up in time. I think the problem I had was I didn’t brainstorm before hand. With The Final Charge for the Sparks Anthology I spent a few days brainstorming and thrashed out some ideas. I didn’t do that this time round because I thought I had a solid idea, but I didn’t. Some of the problems I’ve run into I think I could have ironed out beforehand if I’d spent a few days working out my ideas. So come the next anthology I come across asking for submissions that’s what I’m going to do.

The other two stories I’m working on are a little different. Both of them are stories I’ve had running around my head for a few years, and have a draft or two already written of them. I’m hoping I can find the solutions to the problems I’ve getting at the moment by doing this read through/edit and see what I come up with. I do still want to make sure I get some words written each day, so I’ve started the third draft of a fan fiction piece I can dive in and out of when I just need to be getting some words down.

I am having a ton of ideas at the moment, but most of them are character based ones, some setting ones. So I’ve got to work on building storylines for these. I’ve got one book idea I love, but I need to do a hell of a lot of research for it.

I do have a lot going around my head, but I just need to get focused and crack on with it all.


1st of January 2018

Last year I wrote 151,370 words for the year. That averages down to about 414 words a day. That’s my lowest word count since 2013, but with the ups and downs we had last year there was times when something had to give and unfortunately writing was more often than not sacrificed.

At this time of year I think most people are looking at their goals moving forward and I’m no different. I’m not going for huge targets though, last year showed me that I really need to be able to adapt as the days come. My big word count goal of the year is quite simple, 500 words a day. I have got other plans for the year, but every time I put up a declaration I never follow through. So I’m going for the keeping it to myself till I’ve got the stuff done. So I won’t be announcing any dates that I plan to have things released on or anything like that.

I haven’t written my 500 words for the day yet, so I’m off to do that.

Have a great day everyone!


Good Morning, Sunday 10th December 2017

This last week I haven’t done a huge amount of writing, what I have done has only been a few hundred words a day. I have been working on some world building and outlining for another project which could be a wasted exercise as I’ve a feeling it’s not going to go anywhere in the new year (long story). Despite it probably being pointless I’m going to crack on with it as it’s proving a good learning experience, in that I’m just jotting down ideas. They’re all randomly spread across the paper (I’m going pen and paper for this process) and what I’m going to do is put them in the right order when I type it all up. What my goal is, is to have it as a file I can present someone but in digital and paper format. It’s also helping me to get my thoughts organised. My brain tends to be a chaotic whirlwind of thoughts and this is helping quite a bit.

I have got a story with Beta readers at the moment that I’ll be submitting shortly. There’s another anthology that I want to submit to as well and I was planning on getting stuck into that one today, but I have a few non-writing bits to do today as well. So I’ll see what time I have once I’ve done those.

My little goal this coming week is to try and get up to 500 words a day. If I can do that on my main project for the rest of the year I’ll be very happy.

The State Of My NaNoWriMo 2017

Well, I’m not going to hit the 50k for NaNoWriMo this year. I’m at 18,583 words at the moment.

The reason why I’ve got to this point is I had a family member admitted to hospital about ten days ago. This meant I had to change my priorities, which when it comes to my family is a no brainer.

I am in somewhat of a rut with this story as well though. This is technically a second draft and it’s just not doing it for me. I am going to plough on a little with it, mainly because I don’t want to give up on NaNo altogether this year, but I am going to move over to other projects and get on with those. I’ve got two short story submission dates coming up so I’ve got to get those done. I also want to get some more progress with a story that I’m working on what is technically the third draft of. I’m about 10k into it and I’m liking what I’ve got with it.

So, NaNoWriMo is all but done for me for this year. I’m not disappointed I’m not going to hit the 50k (okay maybe a little disappointed) but my goal for NaNo this year wasn’t to just write the 50k. I wanted to get a cohesive story written, and although it’s not going how I want it to go right now, it is a lot more cohesive than some of my other NaNo attempts over the last couple of years.

I am going to take a little break from it tomorrow, I’ll add in a few words but nothing huge. I’ll focus tomorrow on a short story edit and then the other two active projects I’ve got going on. I think a change in what I’m focussing my attention on will help loosen up the fog around the NaNo project.

Good Morning Sunday, November 12th 2017

I am 10500 words behind target on NaNoWriMo, yeah 10500 words. I’m not stressing out though. I feel a little like I can call myself a NaNo veteran now. This is my seventh year, I’ve won the last three years and I’m pretty confident I can hit the 50k.

I would have got a few more words done towards the end of the week but I got wind of an anthology that I wanted to write a story for and have only had a few days to get it written as the deadline is a close one. That story is all but done, I’ve just got to make a few edits and then get it sent off. Once I’ve done that today I’m going to focus on NaNo and another story I’ve been working on for another anthology. I’d like to get that one done by the end of the month, and I think I’m close to having it wrapped up.

This coming week I’m off from work, so I’m going to try and get caught up with NaNo by the end of the week. I’m not going to go mad with it though, I’m going to go at a pace I’m happy with. I’ll repeat what I’ve said previously; I know I can do the 50k, my primary goal this NaNo is to have at least the start of a cohesive story. The 50k is a secondary target for me this year.

NaNoWriMo 2017: Day Nine

I’ve missed a couple of days here. I’m still not over this damn cold, although I think I’m past the worst of it.

Word count wise I am at 9001 words for the month. I managed a solid 1600 words on it yesterday, but I’ve kind of screwed my NaNoWriMo today. I’ve had the chance to submit a story for an anthology, but the deadline is the end of the month. So I’m throwing 90% of my writing time into that. I’m over 1200 words into that one. I’ve got a plan for getting this one done, which I think I’ll be able to do.

With NaNo, I am still going to be adding words, but it’s on the back burner till this short story is done. I am off work next week, and if all goes to plan I’m going to try and get back on track with NaNo then.

NaNoWriMo 2017: Day’s Five And Six

Yesterday I wrote about 800 or so words. Today it’s been about the 1200 mark. I’m on 6515 words for NaNo, which I think leaves me about 4000 words off target. The head cold of the weekend has really set me back. I know I can catch up, but I’m trying not to over do it until I know I’m over this cold. Also, this NaNo isn’t just about hitting the 50k for me. It’s about getting a cohesive story written. Already I feel like I’ve got a deeper story than I did in the first draft. (Hopefully) When people start dying the readers will either care for them and be gutted, or hate them and be happy.

I did add a few word to a short story on Sunday. I think I’ve got an ending, and now I just have to connect some dots. Hopefully then I’ll be close to having a first draft done. This story is for a submission and I’m finding that It won’t be what the editors are looking for, but if it’s not it’s not the end of the world. I can only write what comes into my head.

Tomorrow I’m aiming to get up a little earlier than normal and try to get some words down before going off to work.