At the start of the year, I set myself a series of goals for my writing year. You can find them here: https://jamesrowlandwriter.wordpress.com/2020/01/05/2020-a-year-of-goals/ – One such goal was to do a weekly update measuring myself against the goals so as to provide myself with some self-imposed oversight.
This week it’s been a bit different for me writing-wise. There has been very little movement on the word count level. Instead, I’ve been focusing on editing what I’ve already written this month. It’s a good reminder for me, early on, to not just focus on the numbers. I have also been making an effort to sit down and read more too. I noticed that I hadn’t been reading as much, with writing time eating in on reading time, and I always think if you want to write well, you have to read widely. So I’ve been making sure to spend some time just enjoying reading a book.
So, with just under a week to go in January, here’s where I am:
- I only wrote 1,270 fresh words this week. This does take me to 10,191 words for the month, though, and past my 10,000 words a month goal. So I’m very pleased to clear that threshold.
- I have also finished editing my first short story of the year, The Cauldron of Metamorphose. It is set on the island of Staffa off the coast of Scotland and is concerned with the banishment of a witch. So, it’s time to start sending this out to places. Exciting! Incredibly annoyed that Neil Gaiman has already used The Truth is a Cave… as a title, though.
- I also finished the first draft of my second short story of the year. So I’ll be editing that one this week.
- Finally, I very tentatively dipped a toe back into the novel by finishing off the chapter I had been writing back in December. I’m pleased that it wasn’t too difficult to jump back into the style and voice.
It’s nice to be in the position that regardless of what I do in this next week, I have already achieve my first set of goals for the month. I think this added requirement to write these updates also might be helping. Maybe. It’s possible I only wrote the novel-bit just to give myself more to talk about here – which, you know, take motivation however you can get it, right?