Weekly Word Count – 27th January 2019

Current

Project 1 – 1,697

Project 2 – 658

Project 3 – 0

Blogging – 1,571

Finished

Words  this week – 4,026

Year to date –  13,609

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Waste of Time?

This week I have done very, very little writing. Last week was such a success that I now feel like a failure for taking a day off my writing. Which is ridiculous because one day off does bot a failure make. I have the opportunity of getting settled to writing today and not only that I have actually set up two new potential writing spaces. One in my office (yes the office didn’t have a writing space due to the clutter) and one in the kitchen (which has a south facing aspect so catches the sun all day long). Part of me thinks that anything that progresses my writing counts as writing (thank-you Beck from You) but the realistic part of me knows that the only way to really progress my writing is to write. Consistently and frequently. So today I’ll aim for my daily target (it’s only 500 words) and take it from there. After breakfast and The Good Place of course…

Writing for beginner readers

A passing comment from a colleague sparked a thought in me – is it possible to create interesting books for beginner readers? Being very limited by only using single sound phonetic words is a challenge in itself so then adding the need for an interesting and cohesive storyline is surely asking for a little too much. Or is it? We want beginner readers to learn to read but more than that we want them to develop a love of reading and an ability to understand what they are reading. So introducing reading through dull as dishwasher books won’t hit the mark for some. Those children who are just happy to be reading will be delighted with being able to read the words and the storyline will be irrelevant. But others want more. I think my writing challenge for today is to find a way to give more. I feel another project coming on…

Juggling Projects

This past week has been a bit of an eye-opener for me. Yes I know that writing is a real job and, as such, it can be pretty tough going but I hadn’t really considered how much writing needs to be completed in order to improve. I sort of had a reasonable idea that writing across genres can be a good way to diversify and improve writing in general but I hadn’t paid too much thought to the idea that writing more is also necessary. Both breadth and depth are needed in order to become a writer. Which has been an interesting lesson for this week.

Honestly my blog posts are pretty much completed on the hop. I do a bit of contemplation throughout the week and whatever sticks come blogging day is what is written on the day. I am aware that this is, perhaps, not the most meaningful way to write but it is a way that I feel has an honesty about it. Which is something that I need to be mindful of – honesty is important as a writer, particularly when it comes to the skills development project (I think from here on in I’ll refer to it as the technical project, seems more fitting with the direction my current chapter is taking). Being able to write honestly about my experiences in this field is invaluable as I genuinely want this project to be a success in itself, to bring success to those who work with it and to encourage those who do not feel that they are ready for success. Honesty is a key message in this project.

Because I have stripped back all of the pressure that I previously put myself under I feel that I am in a good place to move forward with my projects. I have already blogged about the projects I am working on in a previous post (6 year itch… ) and will add blogging as a project in itself. I do have a couple of other blogs that I update weekly or biweekly – at the moment I am making a conscious decision to separate my writings. The demarcation is helping me to juggle the projects, something that I have never actively tried before. Yes I have worked on multiple projects but no I have never actually managed to finish any of them. Or even get too far into them. The projects I have with the highest word counts lost their way around the 10,000 work mark, one I persisted with and hit 26,000 words but the beginning doesn’t match the ending. And I suspect that the middle matches neither.

Developing the skills to juggle projects will be an ongoing process. At the moment I can honestly say that I have worked on all three projects in the last week. Some more than others, but I have opened each priority project, written some words, deleted some words, contemplated the value of some words and now have a larger word count than at the start of the week. Not bad for my first week of juggling.