Project 10K (P10K) November 2018

 

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

December has arrived, the year is as good as gone. On the up side: Soon the days will get longer in the northern hemisphere. Summer is coming to an end in (huh? What was I thinking?) to the South. Nano is over as well and everyone who celebrates the year’s end is or will be busy with festivities. Nevertheless, if we want to establish a habit, there should be some time dedicated to writing. Or thinking about writing…

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 November.  I completed the NaNo which makes me quite happy, for once. There’s still a lot of crappy writing but at least the plot makes sense now (I think), is as logical as I can make it, and not too full of holes. Which is a lot more than I can say for my previous attempts. The NaNo effect was, as always amazing. I wish I could motivate myself like that all the time–or simply have more time.

In detail:

1. Yes. 50K. Burning finger tips…

2. Absolutely. I’m getting involved with my story now. I hope I can keep it up. I was asking myself why I do it, and what do I want to do with it? I don’t have any ambitions of putting it out anywhere but here and perhaps on Wattpad.

3. No, this month it was all NaNoWriMo that gave the motivation. That and my writing buddies Penny and Anne (waves).

My plans for December are: Complete my to-do list. Things like: measure distances, check how fast on foot, boat, horse etc. people can travel that distance, check papers and link to references, complete maps, look up facts I’m not sure about… and so on. Come up with solutions to the few still open plot questions. If I can manage that, I’m all set for the editing months January and February which are NaNoWriMo projects. I committed to do them, and look forward to it. So, this December, I’m aiming for a solid P.

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 December.

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

And here’s one to show off: 😉

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12 thoughts on “Project 10K (P10K) November 2018

    1. Thank you. 🙂 I’m so sorry for my late reply, I was swamped with work and too tired to even look at the blog. Mindless reading and clicking around was all I could manage… Now I’m off to almost three weeks of freedom and feel the guilt of having neglected my blogging friends for far too long.
      About #2… I found, over time, that thinking about how and if I would want to publish something is stifling me. I freeze just thinking about if I’m good enough, if this interests anyone, if it follows the rules, what genre it is, what the readers’ expectations of a certain genre are… can’t write like this. I want to write what I want to read, and I’m one of the fossils who love thick books full of detailed descriptions, good, reliable research, action and adventure and a bit of romance. If and when I like it enough, I’ll consider posting it somewhere.

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      1. While I didn’t hang back for the same reasons as you, I do share your refusal to conform to genre norms. One reason I’m self-publishing, not trying for a traditional publisher. I don’t want an editor to say, No, change this, change that. But having said that, I am responding to beta readers’ comments and making needed changes. But that’s cos I can see the need.
        Anyway, I still wish you well with it.

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        1. I hear you on the beta readers, they are so important. I don’t mind getting brainstorming either, but pushing a story in a different direction because of genre or the like wouldn’t be something I’d like either. I hope you had a good time.

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  1. WOO HOO! I am so happy for you, and so impressed! I know how much you’ve struggled to get this far, and I’m so proud of you for doing it. I knew you could — HOORAY! And what a wonderful feeling, so be 50,000 words in and still feeling engaged with it, still thinking that it’s working, wow! Good luck maintaining that positive vibe and continuing to make progress!

    Sadly, my expectation that there was no way I could possibly do NaNo this month was completely borne out. My work schedule was even worse than I thought it would be; not only would I have not been able to take off extra time to write, I ended up working through every weekend and even had to cancel my Thanksgiving travel plans to work through the holiday. It would have been insane to try to do 50K when I didn’t even have time to do 5K. I’ve been joking that I’ve been too busy playing “NaNo: Work Edition”! At least I’m making progress on the work deadlines, although there still seem to be about a million more piled up for the coming month.

    So my answers are: (1) nope, (2) nope, (3) nope, (4) <>.

    I’m still going to try to squeeze in some short story revisions for December, but between work and visiting with family for a week, it might be almost as bad as November. I’m hoping that in January things will let up a bit…

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    1. December seems to be the worst month for getting things done because everyone wants to have stuff finished and so they come and want the input. I’m sorry for the late reply, I was swamped at work, too. But now I’m free until January.
      Thank you, Joy. As I told Crispina above, thinking about publishing something stifled me, genres, readers’ expectations, inciting events, 25% in… where am I, shouldn’t I approach the mid point? What mid point? Can this be the inciting event? Is this even interesting to anyone? I can’t write like this and I will mostly ignore most of this for the time being and just write what I want to write. I’m still feeling engaged although my to-do list for this month is still pretty empty, but I managed to do something and am still having fun. 🙂
      I hope your workload will lessen a bit and give you a breather for writing again.
      Now I’ll go and plan the banners for next year. 😀

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      1. If things like plot points and genres are stressing you out, then don’t think about them until you have your ideas down on the page. Personally, thinking of structure ahead of time helps me plan and feel confident about where I’m going with a story, but different things work for different writers. Do what works for you!

        I’m glad you have a bit of a break now. I am leaving in a couple days to spend a week with my family, and I am planning to not even bring my laptop with me, so that I’ll focus on time with them and not feeling guilty that I’m not working. (I’ll bring plenty of books for the down times, though.) But I’m working nonstop between now and then, and hitting the ground running as soon as I return. Sigh… No let up for a couple months, it looks like.

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        1. You’re very wise. A few days just not thinking about blogging, writing, plotting et al. can be very energizing. I had more to do than I thought and then I was simply lazy, that’s why I answer so late. I hear you on the planning and I thought I’d need that, too, because I’m definitely a plotter, not a pantser. But that darn story is changing all the time, I get new ideas, read something that would be interesting in their world… and all of a sudden I wonder: is this a good inciting event? Is my hook lame? Where the heck is my first plot point… I think for me that would be better figured out, as you say, once I get the story down the way I want it. Great for you that you can plan it out while you write. I hope you have/had a great time with your family. Things are waiting for me, too, like a wall, next year. Maybe I need to learn to say no every once in a while, after all these years. 😉

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          1. I get the impression that even for most plotters, they end up making changes once they get into the weeds. But it’s good to have an idea where I’m going, or it’s hard for me to even get started. Again, do what works for you — and maybe you have to go through a lot of false starts before you find out what works best for you, that’s natural.

            My time with family was… well, stressful in a different way than work, at least. 🙂 It was mostly pretty relaxing, and I had a nice time with each one of them at some point in the visit, even if there were also tense/annoying moments with each one at some other point. Ah well, no family is perfect, and mine is much easier to deal with than many others I’ve spent holidays with. Now I’m back and staring at an incredible high (virtual) pile of work that I’m hoping to somehow get done in the next four days of “vacation”. And of course, I caught that cold that the rest of my family had and (SNIFFLE SNEEZE COUGH)… ugh, so tired. I am SO glad I don’t have “exciting” New Year’s Eve plans!

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            1. Oh, poor you, I hope you get better soon. I do sniffle a bit as well, but it’s not serious (hope it stays that way). So I send you a commiserating ‘achoo’.
              I’ve finished the new banners and now will write up the last batch for this year to be posted in the new year.
              With my plotting: it never seems to end, maybe because I thought I had a clear idea which wasn’t clear at all and became more complicated by the minute. Now though I think it’s going somewhere and things seem to fall into place… until the next snag.

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              1. I hope the cold gets better too. I begged off of writer’s group tonight because I don’t have much of a voice — and would benefit more from the extra sleep than the excuse to leave the house. Speaking of sleep, time for a nap. <>

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