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.
I’ve been waiting for a week like this, a week to really test my commitment to keeping up a steady stream of time dedicated to writing. This week has been busy at work and there were a few days where I came home and simply didn’t want to write. And, uh, I did not. However, I have compensated by also having three really good writing sessions this week. So, where does that leave me:
- I have written 3,089 words this week. An improvement on last week, which now takes me up to 5,401 words for the month. This means I’m on course for the 10,000 words a month goal. I also have half a draft for a trio of poems on paper, which haven’t gone toward this week’s word count, so I’ve got a bit of a banker for next week.
- I also continued with my quasi-Creative Consultant role for a friend of mine who is creating a DnD-esque game for his own worldbuilding project. While it has taken up a fair chunk of writing time, it’s been very fun and creative work, such as just coming up with as many larger as life characters as I can.
- I also finished the first draft of my fourth short story of the year. So, as long as I edit it by the end of the month, that means for two months running I’ll have hit my stretch goal of having two completed stories in a month. So even if the actual word count outputs could be more impressive, I’m really happy that by the end of February it looks like I’ll have four good, polished short stories to send out to places.
Next week, I’m saying to myself that it’s novel-writing time. I’m probably going to fail horribly, but I’d love to be here next week to say that I’ve done another 5,000 words of the novel, which would really take me into the home stretch of this damn thing. I have no other short stories planned yet, so if I am writing next week, it’ll have to be the novel.
Saying that, I’m also planning to start outlining a magical whonduit short story…