Project 10K (P10K) April 2018

 

You’ll find the rules and some of the earlier badges on the Project 10K Page.

April rushed by and with it the Camp NaNoWriMo. I know that I’m not the only one who participated. How did it go for you, did you achieve your goals? I found my goal of 50 hours sorting through an old project and making sense of it quite challenging. I had to put in a lot of effort and postpone a lot of other things to get the hours covered. It doesn’t sound much, does it? But with a full-time job, partner, dog, cat, and a few other interesting things these 50 hours turned out to be quite demanding. I’ll write a bit more about my Camp experience further down.

As usual, here are our standard questions:

Do you need a little incentive for writing more regularly? Then this project is for you.

1. Did you meet your writing/editing goals?
2. Did you have fun writing?
3. Did the P10K help with motivation?
4. Anything else you want to tell us, questions you want to ask?

Here are my answers for April. I had two projects: 10K words for work and 50 hours for Camp NaNoWriMo:

  1. I did meet my Camp NaNo project goal of 50 hours. I found that for such a project, counting hours is a lot more rewarding than counting edited words. I didn’t really edit, or don’t edit all the time. Instead I view old scenes, compare similar scenes with different points of views, check maps, look up background information… and I get rewarded for it, it all counts. I’ll keep this up for P10K as well unless I have strict editing or writing as my goal. I’ll grab the P banner this month.
    My work project is still not done, I didn’t write as much as I wanted to. I have the unpleasant task of readying my department for the new European data protection regulation which goes into effect by the end of May. There is still a lot of documentation to sort, revise and write from scratch. So I’ll just add this to my project plan for this month again. I won’t be finished by the end of May, but I will hopefully have a good framework with clearly defined sections of completed documentation, and parts that need more revisions.
  2. I had a lot of fun with my NaNo project, I’m very glad Joy Pixley convinced me to take part. It seemed to have been the push I needed. I’m having fun with my Mars project again. I like the characters and the world. But there is still a lot to sort and decide about point of view, hook, action, structure. Too many wild scenes are dancing around and need to get called to order.
    I did not have fun with the work project, I hate it with a vengeance. But I have to do it…
  3. Camp NaNo was the big motivator this month, but P10K motivated me to at least write something for the work project and not just get lost in the mountain of information I’m supposed to read. My eyes start to cross after an hour of reading legalese…
  4. I think I said enough.

My goals for May are:

I will continue with my Mars project. I’ll target 35 hours. I’ll target another 10K for my work project and hope I’ll be better with writing now that I’ve sorted through most of the texts, got my check lists, looked at the existing documentation and so on. I’ll target that, but that will only be an addendum because there’s a lot of writing involved and for me the P10K is a good motivator most of the time. I won’t include other work projects in the P10K after that although it is a valid option. Writing is writing.

And now it’s your turn. How did your writing go? Please leave a comment, or a link to your blog if you write about it there. I’d really like to hear about your month.

And, as always, good luck, and many good ideas  for May.

If you see this for the first time and this challenge interests you: Everyone is welcome, hop right in.

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6 thoughts on “Project 10K (P10K) April 2018

  1. Ooh, what especially beautiful badges this month, I love them!

    I’m glad to be your “pushy” friend, LOL — especially if it works. Congrats on meeting your Camp NaNo goal!

    My goals for the month were (1) for Camp NaNo, submit 25,000 words worth of short stories for publication; (2) write or revise 10,000 words of short stories (giving myself partial credit for editing, depending on how thorough an edit it was); and (3) still post three flash fiction challenges.

    (1) Did I meet my goals? Yes, yes, and not quite. I am SOOOO happy to have submitted so many stories, even if I didn’t get out quite as many of my “big” stories as I was hoping. Still, it’s a big chunk of progress. And with all the revising those submissions required, I was glad I also had my P10K counter, giving me credit even when my NaNo counter was not moving for days. I only posted three flash fiction stories, though, and one of those was actually a repeat. Given that I totally quit my blog when I do NaNo in November, that’s still not bad. So I’m counting this as a WIN.

    (2) SO MUCH FUN!

    (3) The P10K did help. Like I said above, it was gratifying to see my P10K counter making progress even though I hadn’t sent out the story yet.

    (4) My goals for next month are, once again, to submit 4 flash fiction pieces on my blog; write a blog piece about my Camp NaNo experience; and revise 10K words worth of short stories. I would really like to get three more short stories sent out for publication next month, but that’s going to be tight, so I’ll set my goal at two.

    And I’ll take that lovely badge, now, G!

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    1. I’m glad you like the badge. I love vintage patterns and grabbed what I could find on pixabay. I really thought it would be unwise to burden me with something as exhausting as the Camp on top of my workload, but the opposite of what I thought would happen, happened. 🙂 No burnout, instead renewed fun with thinking up stories. So, thank you again.
      You did great. Mind you, I know this since we’ve been in Camp together, but I just repeat it here. I don’t know where you get the energy, what a great thing to get the stories out. And the rest: also good. I’m glad the P10K helped, but the camp always helps even more. Why is that? Because it’s special? I don’t know.
      Good luck with your plans for the month and you deserved the badge.

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      1. I think both NaNo and Camp NaNo help me because they force me to do what I really *should* be doing every other month — make concrete, clear, challenging goals for specifically what I plan to accomplish that month. Plus they provide accountability, so I can’t just shrug at the end of the month if I didn’t finish everything on my to-do list. I’ve been working on the whole priorities/goal setting thing and am going to try devoting each month to a specific task, and see how that works out. Otherwise I’m so torn between multiple projects and directions that I end up getting nowhere.

        And I don’t really have much energy – it’s more that I blow off most of the rest of my life during NaNo months! LOL!

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  2. So good to read you had success with your Camp NaNoWriMo. I haven’t thought of hours as a target before, but might do in future….
    Good luck with your Mars project. When the words come, pages are edited, or even ideas develop that might change an ending or progress a story, writing is fun and something to enjoy.
    I hope you manage to progress your work project too as the sooner that is done, the sooner you’ll be able to enjoy your own writing.
    As usual, I have a mixed month in terms of meeting goals, but I’m feeling happy and positive about the ones I did meet, and I’ll continue NaNo Camping by myself next month. 🙂

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  3. Thank you Sarah. Using hours as a goal really is rewarding. Sometimes I know I have to spend time looking through maps and get distracted by other, related information. With hours, that doesn’t take away from the project but adds to it, which is a lot more fun. I always felt slightly guilty when I let myself be distracted by research or just contemplating what I had–and that is not good. I think that’s an important part of writing and I’m glad I was shown a way to get that into my project. Crispina Kemp, one of the Camp Plot Bunny writers gave me the idea, she’s been doing it that way, too.
    And you’re so right with the work stuff. The sooner I get back to normal the better.
    It’s great that you feel positive about your projects. Good luck with your plans for May.

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