day six

waves IMGTowards the end of April I made the decision not to take part in any blog hops (and to generally blog less) throughout May. The idea being that I would use all the time saved to do some creative writing and, specifically, to work on my book.

So how have I done so far? Well, not that great actually! I didn’t do my limerick challenge last Monday, only to find my sons so desperate for me to write a limerick that I ended up doing two and posting them on Thursday. And then I decided to link them up with Prose for Thought! Oh well.

And the creative writing? Well, I shot off the starting blocks on May 1st writing nearly 2500 words (go me!) and declaring (quietly, to myself) ‘I’m going to write LOADS this month! Today is just the start! This is how it’s going to be for the whole month!’ But I’ve written NOTHING since.

Admittedly it’s been the bank holiday weekend, we’ve had friends over, I’ve had all three kids to entertain all day and the baby threw a couple of horrendous nights my way… but even so, I’m a bit disappointed in myself. Surely a committed writer would have slipped a few words in here and there instead of using her one free (and awake) evening to watch The Hobbit? Don’t you think?

So I’ve decided what I lack is a target. While I often itch to write during the day I don’t have much time then, and though I am often free in the evenings I am usually too tired or busy with my blog (or intent on visiting Middle Earth/watching Breaking Bad) to be particularly motivated. A target would be just the kick up the bum I need to really achieve something this month.

So, here’s my goal: I’m going to write 20,000 words of my book during May. It’ll be like my own version of NaNoWriMo… just not national, without online support, with a much smaller word target and only aiming to write part of a novel. Ok, so not much like it but a bit of a MaPaNoWriMo perhaps? (If you can you work out what that stands for I’ll award you a virtual bar of chocolate).

It’s day six and so far I’ve managed 2321 words. So I’ve got some catching up to do. On that note, I’d best be off!

6 thoughts on “day six

    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks Chrissie! As we established via twitter it stands for Maddy Part of a Novel Writing Month! I hope you enjoyed your virtual wispa!

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  1. Jess Paterson

    Anyone who can write a novel in a month has no children. Not a one! And you have three! I’m also trying to write a novel but am so distracted by blogging at the moment. 20, 000 words is a hefty target – I salute you! I reckon you can do it! You need fallow time (Hobbit time!) to brew your ideas and creative impulse though, I find. (I tell myself this anyhow!.)x

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks Jess, I think you’re right about needing down time – no one can write flat out! Your blog is fab – I can see why it’s such a big distraction. I don’t think it’s possible for me to blog as much as I’d like AND write as much as I’d like, hence this experiment. Who knows what I’ll have achieved and what conclusions I’ll have come to by the end of the month. Hope you manage to find some time for your book!

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  2. Sadie Hanson

    Don’t be hard on yourself, not ever, especially when it comes to how much or little we should be writing… sometimes life just happens. I have targeted myself for 15,000 words this month, and I want to stick with it but at the same time I don’t want to pressurise myself either – that destroys the creativity! :o)

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    1. Maddy Post author

      You’re right Sadie – I should cut myself some slack! I do like a target though to keep me on my toes. Hope you manage to write your 15,000 words – let me know how it goes! Thanks for commenting x

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