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Month of Writing

Today I begin a “Month of Writing”. A writing retreat if you like with a fixed deadline and word count aim.

But it’s all self-imposed and self-inflicted! And necessary. Of course I would love to go off on a fully-fledged writing retreat in some idyllic setting, meals laid on and nothing to interrupt the writing flow but my own thoughts. But with a young puppy in the house and planning an overseas trip next year, I can’t afford either the time away or the financial outlay.

So I’ve devised a plan: I’m keeping my August calendar as clear as I can. I’ve set a 9 am daily start, so I’d better type faster now. I’ve set myself a daily word count aim of 1000-words. I’ve multiple scenes mapped out and some exciting aspects of my novel to explore. I know where it’s all heading and the only way to get there now is to write. I’ve also given myself permission to just write. Crap, if necessary. But words.

No, I don’t have to tell the world my plan (not that the world is reading my blog!), but I’m a person who thrives on accountability. This is my commitment to myself. So here I go – manuscript currently at 30,200-words. End of month aim 55,0000-words. I’m leaving myself a little leeway, because life always interrupts. My plan is to bar the door against all but the most important of interruptions. See you on the 31st.

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6 thoughts on “Month of Writing

  1. Go for it, Chris. What wonderful plans.

  2. Good luck! And have fun! I look forward to seeing your (not) crap!

  3. Good luck Chris. I know you can do it. Also, since when do you ever write crap?! 🙂

    • Thanks, Leisl. And for the vote of confidence! I’m really just giving myself permission not to make it perfect or feel I need to have the perfect scene planned, so I can get the story down. 🙂 The great thing is, the more I write, the more the ideas ping in.

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