Project 10K (P10K) January 2019


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

January has come and gone.  How did you do? Did you have a chance to write? Did important things prevent you from writing? Was it too hot or too cold for writing? Tell us all about it.

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 January. New projects at work came up and I’m overwhelmed with stuff I need to do. That makes me kind of frozen. Instead of writing I sit and knit and binge watch favourite series. It can’t be helped, I refuse to feel bad about it. 🙂

  1. No. See above. F for me.
  2. I did think about the project. But no, no write, no fun.
  3. Not this month. But at least I participated in the Friday Fictioneers challenges.
  4. Won’t be much different in February…

My goals for February are:

I’ll target P10K writing for the job, not fiction writing. When I had to do that load of data protection document writing, I found that the P10K motivated me. I have to write another load for IT security now, so I hope that setting a goal will help me this time around as well. I still want to get back to fiction writing, but won’t set a goal for it this month, except for the flash fiction.

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 February.

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


8 thoughts on “Project 10K (P10K) January 2019

  1. I’m sorry to hear that you’re still so busy at work! I hope things calm down soon for you. I know what you mean — when things get that way I work, I come home feeling so overwhelmed and brain-dead that I can’t write a single word and just zone out.

    My work continues to be busy but now I’m so far behind that it’s almost like I’m post-stress.

    (1) I did manage to get a fair amount done this month, though, especially if I expand the definition of what counts as writing and editing. Thinking only of writing and revising fiction stories, I got in a little over 5,500 words, so that’s a lot better than the last couple months. But I also wrote about 2,500 words worth of blog posts (three, total), which is a new goal of mine: branching out more on my blog. Plus I submitted two short stories to pro-rate markets, so I give myself a few points for that. Plus I came up with a new novel idea and wrote up almost 4,000 words of plot and character development for it, whee! Also, I critiqued a 110K word novel, including a ridiculous 22 pages of developmental editing notes (13,200 words, whew). Critiquing is incredibly useful for developing my own writing skills, so I feel like that should count in there too. However, I only wrote and posted two flash fiction challenge stories, which was disappointing. The timing just didn’t work out.

    (2) Yes, I had fun writing! I’m especially excited about my new novel idea. (For future reference, the running title is Dead Baby God. It’s a little… dark.)

    (3) Yes! I hadn’t even been keeping track of my word count for a while, but thinking about having to report for P10K got me back on track.

    (4) My goal for February is, once again, to write four flash fiction challenge stories. I’d like to also post a non-fiction blog post at least once a month this year. I also plan to revise at least two short stories and send at least two out for publication (not necessarily the same ones). But I have a TON of deadlines at work that are just getting worse, so this may be a pipe dream. We’ll see.

    Good luck with your February!


      1. Thanks! The actual title won’t be Dead Baby God. Probably not, who knows these days. There is a dead baby, and his bereaved mother thinks he’s not really dead, because he’s a reincarnated god. Who is talking to her. Tragedy ensues. It really is quite dark, much more so than I normally go. And yet I already have the theme and character arc so clear in my head. I was practicing out loud (to my cat) the imagined radio interview where I’m asked what it’s about and what it means, and it just *flowed* out. Whew. I think I’m going to do this for all stories from now on: start with the fake interview about what the story means and what’s important about it, and then write it that way.

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          1. The fake interview technique was something I came up with and tried back when I was initially having problems with Corwallen Manor, and it made me realize how fundamental the problems were, that I didn’t have a clear grasp on the main points.

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