New Years Goals 2018 #MondayBlogs #amwriting

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So, uh yeah, hi folks! Hope you had fun over the last year and the holidays. As you may have guessed from the Twitter widget, I have pretty much transferred there for my writerly web presence. I should probably write on here much more often. Even the way you post and format on here has changed.

Anyway, this last year has been crazy. Life has changed quite a bit as have my habits I guess so it is little wonder my online presence has changed. The world in general has changed quite a bit I think as well. Between Trump and the Republicans in the US, Brexit here in the UK and all the madness that has resulted from that and other things, it is hard to feel excited for the new year but I think hopefulness should be the main feeling for this new year. Hopeful that things will work out better and that I will stick to my goals this year.

For now though, last years goals:

  1. Write something at least once a week, every week.

I did not quite do once a week, every week but I did succeed in achieving my yearly writing goal.

The yearly goal was 38,000 words. I ended it with 57,937 words, nearly a full 20,000 words more. Not too shabby all things considered. With how life has been, it’s not too surprising I didn’t succeed in the weekly writing but I am proud nonetheless. I wrote.

I also continued to review my goals every 3 months and never increased them once I achieved them. This made my goals all that more achievable, no massive word debts and far better suited to how my life is now.

For this next year, I will be keeping this goal. It seems achievable and the 3 monthly review of my word counts is also working. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it right?

  1. Post once a week, every week on this blog.

Yeah, this one failed obviously but as I said, it’s because I have pretty much moved from here to Twitter. I am really enjoying using Twitter and it is fitting a lot better with my life right now so it seems obvious that Twitter should become my main social media platform. Even so, I do feel bad for letting this go by the wayside when it is something I have worked pretty hard on.

For the next year, perhaps my goal for this blog should be to ensure that I am attempting at least to keep it active. How I am going to succeed in that I don’t quite know right now. If anyone has any suggestions, I am open to them.

  1. Read more and finish books.

Again limited success because of how life has been. I have been reading a lot of comics once more and shorter books here and there but nothing actually in the way of reading fully. This is something I am going to have to work on for research and writing purposes.

For 2018, I am going to keep this goal to ensure I do read but try to use it to it to help me with my writing. You will see why possibly in the next bit.

  1. Complete at least one draft of one story.

I failed this one (sort of) but not for a lack of trying.

I was genuinely working hard to finish the draft of the dark witch project but I think it was a little ambitious to hope to finish it last year. The story is feeling much bigger and complex than I thought it was going to be so maybe it is for the best I did not complete this one. I am still working on that project (I’ve invested way too much time not to I don’t think) but I am also enjoying working on a Dragon Rider plot bunny that bit really hard just before November last year. I now have two projects on the go and both are having a steampunk-ish feel to them I think so I at least have some crossover with them.

Going back to the “sort of” bit of the first sentence in this section, I am saying that because I did finish writing and posted a couple of bits of Destiny fan fiction. So I did finish drafts of two stories. That counts right?

So 2018 will see me continuing to work on both projects I think with the aim of getting majority of the drafts done. I will also have to do quite a bit of reading and research as steampunk is something I have attempted before without much success. If I want to make both story drafts steampunk (or at least steampunk-ish), I am going to have to put the work and effort into it so make it happen.

To summarise, my goals for the next 12 months are:

  1. Write something at least once a week, every week.
  2. Keep this blog active, somehow.
  3. Read more and finish books
  4. Continue to work on the Dark Witch and Dragon Rider projects.

How did you guys do over the last 12 months? Successful or not so success? A mix? Please do comment below and if you can offer suggestions about how to keep this blog active, I would be very grateful!

Have a great new year guys!

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#Writing Update and #CampNaNoWriMo

Once more I have neglected this blog. Not intentionally. Purely because, well, I forgot about this! Oops!

As you might have guessed from the picture above, I am doing Camp once more next month, working on the same WIP that I have worked on for a few months. Since I am aiming to get words written every month, I might as well. Been assigned a Cabin today and there’s a few Twitter tweeps I might connect up with too. If you are doing Camp, feel free to say so. Target is set at 25,000 words but there’s a chance that will drop yet.

As for words written last month, I had a target of 2,500 words and hit 6,509 words so some words ahead. Not all the words were on my current WIP, the magic school story though. Some of the words were, bringing in a story line earlier than anticipated but it did show some character stuff so not all bad. I also wrote words from events many years later after getting stuck, which did get me thinking about some world building stuff I need to work on.

I then went off the story to write other bits. I ended up writing a very quick Destiny fanfic that I posted onto Tumblr and may yet get rewritten or more fan fics spawning from it before beginning to write a second WIP that I have worked on before alongside the current one, the slave story.

I will take the words at least because it’s better than being stuck and writing nothing, right?

So far this month, whilst melting in this heat wave, I have continued writing events that happen later before writing small tit bits relating to these Pride month prompts. Current word count is 2,739 words (239 words beyond my 2,500 target).

Having been forced to take a break, I think I might be able to return to writing what I should be writing in the WIP. That break has also highlighted to me that getting a complete first draft of this done by the end of the year is just not going to happen. The new target is to get somewhere near a complete first draft by the end of the year. All things considered, this seems to be a more plausible target.

How are things going for you? Good, bad, indifferent? Entering Camp next month? Any advice for me on keeping going? Please do comment below.

Monthly #Writing Update: April 2017 #CampNaNoWriMo

Word Count: 4,808

192 words off target but considering how busy I was last month, I don’t mind. This is also going to be a quick update as there is not much to really tell.

Most of it covered my FMC learning a new game. I am still messing with the idea and considering dropping it all together. I am not sure it adds anything to the world but it gave me words at least because of the amount of exposition. Giving up on the game led to me then getting stuck as I had no idea what to write next. I had run out of planning due to me not having thought that far ahead if I am being honest. I started this story with just a concept and planning up to a certain point.

The last week of Camp I was in Cardiff and managed to write a grand total of about 100 words. All of those words were written on the train home and came from me jumping ahead to something that happens later. I added more words on the last day of Camp as I tried to hit 5k but it just didn’t happen. Whether it was laziness, panic or something else, I don’t know. I just didn’t hit target.

This month then is just about keeping going, trying to figure out what to write next in this draft so I can be completing it by the end of the year, per my yearly goals. How is everything for you? Congratulations if you finished Camp and congratulations still if you even wrote a word!

What are everyone planning for this month? Same story or moving on? Any plans to enter July? Don’t be afraid to reply below.

January, February & March 2017 #Writing Update

 
 
Happy time zones folks. Life likes throwing in surprises and spanners and that has led to me not posting here. Writing wise, I have been much more successful.
 
Save for any words I write today I am on 17,926 words for the year. My target for the end of this month (March) for the year was 7,500 words. Whilst it is good over all that I am nearly 10.5k ahead, it is even better with Camp NaNoWriMo starting tomorrow. It is looking the next month is going to be very busy for me so having a buffer that I can use is going to be very helpful. The buffer is intended for the end of the year but if I have to use some now, so be it.
 
Majority of what I have written in the last three months has been my FMC’s first week of school, meeting classmates, teachers and first lessons. Seems a lot of words to spend on it but I am also aware that this draft is an absolute plantser mess! I have accepted that. I am focused on getting it written, not getting it right. The next draft is for tightening up and getting the big picture stuff sorted. I have also written some stuff that happens a few months later in story time. It connects with what I had written in December.
 
When I have not been writing, my mind has been on world building, new ideas and solving certain issues that had come to mind. Particularly, my thoughts have been about certain secrets and possible plans for the future. I may actually write some of the future stuff now, if only to get the ideas out of my head. My focus though is on completing this draft though.
 
Plans for the next few months is to keep writing, keep pushing for one completed draft of this story. Right now, I am reconsider certain word counts. A certain life surprise means the original goals I had set are now unlikely or pushing it too far. Take next month for example. I had planned on getting 10,000 words written during Camp. That goal has had to be revised down to 5k to accommodate it whilst also giving me the push to keep writing despite it. In May and June, I have set a target of 2,500 words each. These goals are based on what I wrote last year. All things considered, I am leaving them as is for now. They are attainable and any extra words will add to the buffer.
 
How is your writing going at the moment? Planning to enter Camp next month or in July? Had any problems or is everything going well? Do comment below.

New Years Goals 2017 #SundayBlogShare #Writing

Happy 2017 folks! Hope you had a great Christmas and New Year!

New Years always brings a flurry of hope and optimism with them. After the last year, I think we all need it! This optimism leads to people making resolutions and promises to themselves and others. If you have been around here long enough, you will know I don’t do resolutions. I break them the moment I make them! Instead, I set myself goals I want to achieve. These are either for my own well-being or in the interests of improving my writing.

To say the least, I have had limited success with the goals I set myself last year.

Try to write something every day or every week. Writing every day is not easy. I was either being too lazy or life was taking too much of a priority. Looking at my spreadsheets, it shows that, on average, I wasn’t writing 11 days each month. I was achieving my word counts most months, until I gave myself a new word count after achieving it. This was a short sighted move. I ended the year with a deficit of 4,848 words. I am still proud of that when I compare it to 12,700 word one I went into November NaNoWriMo with.

It hasn’t been all bad on this front. I have been reviewing my word goals every three months. This has proven helpful. It made me reset some of them because of life and how that was going to impact on my writing. This is something I wouldn’t have done without the Word Nerds talking about it in their videos.

Post once a week, every week on this blog. Partial success again that fell by the wayside at the end of the year. I did achieve this, putting November and December aside. I was writing or reblogging something roughly once a week.

Read more. Uh, yeah. I am calling this one a failure. I did read stuff, like the Rivers of London comics and started reading books but did I finish them? Not many. Going by my GoodReads Reading Challenge, I set myself a target of 25 books and read 23. Some were rereads, like Doctor Who Writers Tale: The Final Chapter, quite a few were comics, like Kingsman and Green Arrow New 52 Vol. 1, then there were indie books like Witch At Heart and Preternatural Affairs. So a mix and I did complete some books but I still feel like that I just didn’t read enough or finish enough books.

Participate in as many writing/National Novel Writing Month events as possible. Done and dusted on the NaNoWriMo front but definitely not on the writing event front. I participated in the DraeBox Writers Club challenge, which was a lot of fun. I will be again this year and I am looking forward to it. I am not resetting this goal for this year though. Instead I am replacing it.

Reason being, I think the universe has been trying to say something. Few recent experiences have made me think this. Firstly, I was talking with good friends of mine about drafting. We noted that we seem to always be starting or restarting drafts but never finishing them.

Secondly, I have been seeing tweets about committing to finishing 1 draft of a manuscript in 2017. It’s just typical I can’t find any of them now. This is what got me considering this new goal.

Thirdly, as I was writing this and reflecting on the past year, I realised something. I have spent more time on just one story than I have done in a long time. That story is the dark witch story. I have had some detours but I have always gone back to this one.

Spending so long on it, talking with friends and seeing the tweets have made me want to get at least one draft done. I want to be able to say I have finished something.

So my goals for 2017 are:

  1. Write something at least once a week, every week.
  2. Post once a week, every week on this blog.
  3. Read more and finish books.
  4. Complete at least one draft of one story.

What goals are you setting or pursuing this year? Had any luck with your goals or resolutions last year? Wishing you all the best for 2017!

#NaNoWriMo #Writing Update

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Word Count: 6,406 words

Minimal written due to life so just going to be quick.

The main gist of what has happening in those thousand words or so that I have written is that my FMC came home to find her mother unable or unwilling to care for herself without permission from another person and has basically had to be the head of the household whilst also deciding she needed to investigate her family’s new cult and disrupt it to stop her step father from summoning Gods.

50k is definitely not going to happen this month but the rest of the words I need to be on par for the year, possible with a lot of work. My aim for now though is just to get writing again. Life has had to take priority recently.

How’s your writing going? Better than mine I hope! Any winners yet? Hope you are having fun.

#NaNoWriMo #Writing Update

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Week 1 Word Count: 5,123 words

Not a bad start to November considering how busy life has been as of late. Nearly forgot about doing this until I needed a way to procrastinate having hit a slight wall.

In basic, the month has started with some unexpected possible foreshadowing, musings about one of the characters and my FMC’s mother now being a gibbering wreck under her now cult leader husbands control. My FMC and her mum were then dumped at the dirty, unoccupied and trashed former family home and the rest of the family, now cult, going to live in their compound, aka field. My FMC has had to become the adult of the house as she tries to clean and make the house liveable whilst relying on a local church food bank to get food and basic living items for them thanks to her stepfather giving them no money to spend. She has also learnt what has happened in her absence.

As you might be able to tell, much of this has happened on the fly as I have written but it does fit for now and I want to keep going until I finish the draft at least. Word count wise, I figured out I need to write 12,800 words this month to be on target for the rest of the year. My current word count means I am ahead of where I need to be based on that target. This is partly because of how busy life is so have not written for a few days. I am happy though with my progress.

How’s your writing going this month? Ahead or chasing? Had any unexpected surprises? Keeping on track with your plan? Do comment below if you wish.