Writing Updates

Writing Update: August 14, 2019

Another month, another writing update. There is some good news, some amazing news and, just to balance it all out, some rather disappointing news.

What is on this month’s writing update agenda? I am glad you asked.

  • July Camp NaNoWriMo results;
  • My current WIP stats;
  • Post-Camp NaNoWriMo;
  • Upcoming roadblocks;
  • My goals for the next month.

Let’s start with the amazing news.
The July Camp NaNoWriMo was a success!
I ‘won’ by writing more than double my 10,000-word goal but, if you saw my July Writing Update, you would already know that. In fact, I had surpassed my goal by day nine.
The other part of my goal was to write for a minimum of 30 minutes every day. Life does not always play nice, but I managed to complete 30+ minutes on twenty days throughout July. I am a little disappointed it was not more, but I am happy with how much I wrote on those twenty days.
How much did you write Amy?
24,907 words!
Part of me wishes I spent a little longer at some point so it could have been over 25k, but I am still super impressed that I got 24.9k words written when I had only expected to manage about 10k.
For those of you that want to, you can find my stats here.

So what is my total WIP word count?
As of today, it is sitting at about 35,000 words, including my notes and micro scenes that I still need to flesh out. I am happy with this as it was my goal from last month, but I am not so confident in my progress continuing at this satisfying rate.

I have been sick for over a week and, although I am now feeling better, I have not been writing. In fact, August has seen an addition of only 680 words so far, and that is disappointing after my writing stats for July. I usually feel more creative when I am sick and I did get a few ideas for future chapters, but it is a little hard to type when you spend more time hugging the toilet bowl than at your computer.

Continuing on the disappointing route, almost all that writing time I had in July is about to be reallocated to studying my final unit for my BA. Although I am excited about the unit and that I am so close to earning my degree, I am already sad that I will not have as much spare time to write. However, I have a little plan so I do not put writing on the back burner.

I want to dedicate at least one hour a week to writing. From this point until December, I want to have spent a minimum of sixty minutes a week typing out the story in my head. This is an achievable amount of time that I can fit in after work without interrupting my university study time.
To keep myself honest and also motivate myself to write, I will be posting weekly updates on my Instagram stories and Twitter. These will probably be on a Sunday (my time, so it might be Saturday for those on the other side of the world) and it will just be a quick update on how long I wrote for, how much I managed to write, and maybe any setbacks or wins I experience that week.

With all of the above in mind, I think it would be too stressful to set a word goal for the next month. As such, my goal is simply to write for one hour a week and, with my next update scheduled for September 18, I hope to have written for at least five hours.

Talk to me!
What life commitments take you away from your writing?
How do you go with your writing when you are sick?

Until next time literators and bibliophiles!

Amy x

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