Project 10K (P10K) May 2018


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

It’s June. Where did the time go? How was your May? The month after a NaNoWriMo event usually is like trying to get some air and relax a bit. But there’s also the danger of relaxing too much and losing the momentum. I admit I’m guilty of that.

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 May. I had two projects: 10K words for work and 35 hours for my fiction project:

  1. Fiction project: fail. 3 hours, maybe a bit more. I thought about it, and would have liked to do more but I was too tired. I worked long hours last month with the %$kfhd!$%§ GDPR thing and had problems getting my mind freed from it after work.
    I did meet my work goal though, so this isn’t a total fail. I did write a lot, more than I thought, actually. When I started counting words, I was surprised how much it was. I’m still not finished, but things have quieted down considerably by now. There were also many public holidays and long weekends this May, which meant that I had more time with the family, but that also means less time for writing.
  2. I missed my fiction project. I really want to get back to it in June.
  3. I was surprised how much it motivated me–at work. In fact, this worked so well that I’ll include it in the future whenever I have a new project that needs detailed documentation and such (which, thank you GDPR, will always be required for new projects in the future). I usually put practical work first, documentation and administrative stuff has to wait until I have time–which is never. But since the GDPR requirements can’t be ignored, I had to do it, and P10K helped by making me want to meet the goal. I’m not finished, which is why I’ll have the word count widget this month again. Try it if you have a project at work that needs a lot of writing, and tell me if it works for you as well.
  4. I got my mojo back for the FridayFictioneers which makes me very glad. It really annoyed me that I had to skip the last two weeks, but I was so busy that I hardly got around to replying to comments, not to mention read and write comments for other stories. Reciprocation is a very important part of the challenge. It’s fun, it’s rewarding–but also time-consuming. I hope to be back at it in June.

My goals for June are:

Getting back to my Mars project. I’ll target 30 hours, that’s more realistic, I think. Counting hours really works well for editing, outlining, researching… these were things I pushed to the back in the past because I wanted the word count. That’s not so good. The hours work much better for me.

For my work project, I’ll target another 10K because there is still a lot to write. It won’t be my main focus, but I hope it’ll motivate me enough to keep writing.

How about you?  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 June.

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


15 thoughts on “Project 10K (P10K) May 2018

  1. I wish everyone well with their goals.
    For myself, I feel I should shrink, tortoisewise, into a hidey-hole for, actually, I don’t have problems with motivation, not when it comes to writing. But saying that surely is like calling forth a torrent of stones, for I must be an unnatural creature!

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    1. You’re certainly not an unnatural person. 😀 Before you were retired, how did you fit your writing into your schedule? Did you never have problems with motivation? I find that I’m so tired sometimes, that I just don’t want to sit down and focus on creating something but rather laze around and consume.

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      1. Nah, though I did get resentful sometimes at having to stop writing to go to work. I was made redundant due to ill-health at New Year 2005. I had taken 2 weeks holiday over the Christmas & New Year period (some of it compulsory due to office close down from Christmas Eve to New Year’s day). I spent (almost) the entire time writing. The Sunday before return to work, I remember thinking (almost praying), ‘If only I didn’t have to go to work.’ Lo! Returned to work the next day to be given redundancy notice. I didn’t mind at all. I hated that job. I had made a bad move. Never should have left the theatre. But that redundancy freed me to write 24/7, and I’ve done so ever since. Before that? I fitted it in before work, after work, weekends, whenever, (even in lunchhour, scribbling away in my notebook while I sat in the park my sandwiches). How Il managed a social life … and yet I did. Obsessed, I think. No, no problem with motivation; when working, the problem, as Joy says, was making time. Yet the brain is ever busy, even on buses or while walking, busy plotting, creating dialogues, creating characters, reviewing, finding new twists.

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  2. I think I failed even worse than you this month, so don’t feel bad! For me, the month after NaNo or Camp NaNo means catching up on all those things I utterly blew off for the previous four weeks, so it’s not so much relaxing as shifting gears. I really *did* want to keep the momentum going, but… nope.

    1. My goals were to write or edit 10K, including 4 flash fiction challenges. I wrote 3 flash fiction stories and managed to revise one short story (repeatedly, and frustratingly) for a total of less than 5K. But I *did* get a ton done at work, and caught up on some personal tasks, and enjoyed socializing with friends, plus a three-day weekend with my family, so it’s fine.

    2. No. I am really struggling with this particular short story and it’s not fun at all. But I think I’ve done the worst of the revisions, we’ll see.

    3. To some extent. I was pushing to get at least half the 10K, but I just couldn’t do it.

    4. June was supposed to be “world building” month, but I’m still working on a backlog of short story revisions and submissions, so I’m pushing world building month to August and aim to revise and submit at least two short stories this month, as well as send back out the ones I submitted in April that have been rejected.

    Good luck to all of us on our June goals!

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    1. I think you did great. Maybe if you split your goals (like I did)? Do you have to write for work? I find including my work into the challenge surprisingly efficient. There’s nothing in the rules that says you can have only one goal. It can be OR, doesn’t have to be AND. 🙂 Good luck for June.

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      1. It’s an interesting idea, but I think for me, it’s best to keep my work goals separate from my personal goals. I am learning that if I’m going to have all these things that are important to me, that’s fine, but I can’t expect to get a ton done on *all* the spheres in my life in the same month. There just aren’t enough hours. So some spheres will get more attention in one month and less in another — as long as it all more or less averages out. Right now, for instance, there are a lot of parties and other social events at the end of the school year/ beginning of summer. So I have less time for writing, but it makes up for when I was focused so much on writing and was a total hermit in terms of socializing.

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  3. It’s good to hear you got your work project done, and that P10K was able to motivate you in that way. I think I’m going to follow your example and set myself an hourly goal this month although I’ve only just decided that so will have to update my post once I’ve decided how many hours to go for. At the moment my goal for June is still to edit NaNoWriMo. Enjoy Mars when you get back there.

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    1. I just read your post and am so impressed by what you’ve achieved. Counting hours spent with the writing project is great, but I found that the 50 hours I aimed for itn the NaNoWriMo were far too much for my schedule. Look at the time you usually spend writing per week and chose a little less, that should work.

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      1. Isn’t working out what I normally do and then aiming for less cheating? My work schedule has just changed again so I’m all over the place with working out when to do what. Hopefully I’ll have numerical goals midweek.

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        1. I think it depends on how you see it. This challenge knows no cheating, you only compete against yourself if you want to compete at all. 🙂 I find a too tough schedule demotivating for an extended period of time. During the NaNo months, I force myself to reach the goal, really force myself, letting everything else slide. Then I’m so tired the month after and have to catch up with so much stuff that I question the effect of that NaNo month. I find a less ambitious goal kept regularly more rewarding, because then I have a buffer if something interrupts my normal schedule. If I can do more, hey! And it can always be adjusted if the goal turns out to be too low… but for me, it’s important to make the time at all while for you the ‘how much time or words’ seems to work better. We all have different schedules. Do what you find works best for you.

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          1. I am the same with NaNo, although not Camp. At least I wrote 50000 words in November, pushing other things aside to get them done. But with the Camp in April I carried on working on other things and achieved 20% or my Camp goals.
            I think you’re right about having too strict a schedule too. I had three things to do today and have achieved one, but going off and doing lots of other unplanned things has felt productive too.

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