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Friday, 17 January 2014

Celebrate the Small Things on Friday!

It's Friday, which means only one thing: it's time to celebrate the small things with VikLit! This is a great opportunity to celebrate even the smallest of victories you may have achieved in the last week.

 


This week I'm celebrating my progress with the My 500 Words challenge, organised by Jeff Goins.

I began on 1st January, and the aim is to write at least 500 words every day for the whole of the month. So far, there have been two days where I haven't written a single thing, and for the rest I've managed at least 400 words.

I'm not going to feel deflated though, I see this is a personal victory. I've been getting into a rhythm with my writing and discovering when the best times are for me to sit down and do it properly. I've also noticed a pattern of which days appear more difficult to get any writing done. With a little more organisation I should be able to fit something in on these days too in future.

So far my efforts have mostly been from blog posts and my 30 minutes of free writing each day. What I'd like to focus on next is a target of completing at least one short story each month. I'll be taking things gradually though, building up a little at a time and not getting too overwhelmed with things.

So, what are you celebrating this week? Any plans for the weekend? Have a good one, whatever you're up to!


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24 comments:

  1. If it's more than you would've written, then that is a victory.

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    1. I agree, and I hope to keep it going as long as I can.

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  2. That's one of my resolutions for this year; one short story a month. So far it's not going too well, but January isn't over yet!
    Great job with your writing, it's certainly more than I've written this month.

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    1. Thanks Laura. I missed my January competition deadline but I've still managed plenty of words. I'm hoping to plan better for February. Good luck with your short stories.

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  3. Your writing goals sound good, and your plan to accomplish them makes perfect sense. Good for you!

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    1. Thanks MJ, I'll try and keep going with them as much as I can.

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  4. 500 Words Challenge sounds like something I need to do!
    Keep up the great work!

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    1. Thanks Jackie, I'm getting there :-)

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  5. Trial and error! Glad you're figuring out your pattern though, this is cause for celebration in my eyes ;)

    Best of luck with the goals and have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks SK. It's interesting to see when my good days are and when my bad days are.

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  6. Getting into the routine of writing is so key for me. It takes a bit of a push after those ultra busy times but I find within a few days I'm back in the groove! Good luck with continuing! :)

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    1. Thanks Jemi. It certainly is hard to keep it going at times, but I've already seen the benefits so there's added incentive now.

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  7. celebrate and write some more! a little every day, or every chance you get, quickly turns into a lot!

    have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement Tara, I'm certainly seeing my monthly total creeping up and it's nice to see. Gives me the drive to keep going.

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  8. That's awesome! Keep up with it and don't get discouraged. I'm celebrating the finish of draft 2 of my WIP. One step closer to polished manuscript! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

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    1. Congratulations on finishing your draft, Christine. I'll be able to say that about my own novel soon enough if I keep this up.

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  9. Congrats on meeting your goals! That's wonderful that you've been able to write so much every day. I hope you'll tell us about your short stories, or maybe even post them?

    Have a good weekend!

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    1. Thanks Lara. I'm pleased with keeping some kind of daily word count going. I have a fiction blog that I like to post my short stories on at http://hjmusk.wordpress.com/

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  10. The challenge sounds like a great way to assess your writing tendencies. Congrats on writing everyday except for two.

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    1. Thanks Nanah. I've only just started seeing the benefits of being able to see my own pattern of productivity. It's a great help to plan and schedule.

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  11. Sounds like you have been doing great! The point of it sounds like it is to get into a routine so hurrah!

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    1. It's certainly helped me get into a routine, which can only be a good thing.

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  12. Sounds like you are doing really well! And taking things gradually is definitely the way to go.

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    1. It's definitely something I've found out the hard way Lynda, but now I'm getting into a rhythm I'm going to try and stick with the flow.

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