I bet you’ve been waiting all week to hear how my less-blogging-more-writing experiment went. Right?
Oh, you forgot all about it?
Damn. Stupid internet making me feel popular.
To recap, last week I decided to cut out 2 blog posts a week in order to attempt to spend more time writing my novel. I’d only written 700 and 1000 words respectively in the last two weeks, and wanted to achieve closer to 5000 words a week if I was going to hit my goal of finishing my first draft by the end of October. So, did it work?
Yes and no.
This week I wrote 1800 words. Am I happy with that. Uh… yes, actually. (1) It’s an improvement, (2) It’s an improvement, and (3) It’s an improvement. Oh, and I’ve also had a crazy-busy week.
In writing news, not only did I write 1800 words, I also critiqued 2 short stories for a friend, wrote a flash fiction piece, did some editing of a short story I wrote a while back, and did a happy dance.
“A happy dance?” I hear you say.
My story A Rose by Any Other Name was chosen to be part of an anthology of short speculative fiction put together by the Stringybark competition. Now, this is a love-only publication, rather than a paid publication, but I don’t care about that right now. Let me enjoy my moment. And to make things even more exciting, the amazing Jody Moller also has a story in the anthology. Clearly we both rock.
In other news, it’s been a busy week (with a lot of focus on non-writing activities) for the following reasons:
(1) My husband was working night shift, which always throws the house into a small measure of chaos. Can you have a “small measure” of chaos? Is that like being a “bit pregnant”?
(2) I decided that now was the perfect time to start exercising on a daily basis. I was going to go back to jogging, but have decided that a brisk walk in the evenings is a nice end to the day, and gives my brain time to chill out.
(3) I also decided to cut back on my wine drinking. This is harder than items 1 and 2 put together.
(4) Oh, and I realised that I really needed to work at getting a part-time job, so have spent a lot of time doing that. Stupid need for financial security.
So, all things considered, I’m quite happy with my efforts. Now, I must be on my way. I have half an hour until the kids will be up, and I need to get some writing done.