Word Count Wednesday 13 Oct

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I had hoped to write 1,000 words a day and started off well but life took over. So I have the grand sum of 1,829 written words this past week (last Wednesday to last night) which is better than the last few weeks, and hopefully less than next week. We’ll see. 🙂

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Word Count Wednesday 6 Oct

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’ve been quite good, albeit on the last day, and have written 1,677 words, ten over an average NaNoWriMo day. I’m tempted to take part in that next month but you know how I struggle for time. But then we can all make time, can’t we?

I’ve been continuing the new idea I started last month and it’s going well. I have a non-Prologue prologue, that is a very short opening pre-Chapter 1 chapter that gives us the hook before back in time that then leads to the hook.

I say a non-Prologue prologue because – and some of you will know this – I’m not a fan (at all) of prologues headed thus. I know some of you love them but ew, no. They can put off some readers (myself included) who will skip them and if the information needs to be known then calling it Prologue runs the risk of them doing so.

As I tell my (editing) authors, it’s not their fault but best avoided. I recommend having a time and place, so we (the reader) know where/when we are or a different kind of heading, something you feel appropriate. I imagine at this point some of you shouting ‘Prologue!’. 🙂

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Word Count Wednesday 29 Sep

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

Yesterday morning I was hoping for, yet not expecting, some words. It was deadline day and I was up against the proverbial. 9.08pm and I email the novel back to its author, leaving me just under three hours (I’ve become accustomed to going to bed the day after I get up) to do some writing.

Of course I haven’t been working solidly since the previous Wednesday but they roll around too quickly, despite me thinking I have masses of time the few days leading up to them. So here we are, at the latest one.

I’ve shelved – definitely only for now – the collaboration project until G and I work out a vague (more than we have now, not difficult) plan of where the novel’s going and he’s able to do the male half. Rather than return to any existing pieces I decided to start an idea that had popped into my brain at the weekend while walking my dog, as they do. The result being 1,045 words with an idea of where it’s going so that’s good.

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Word Count Wednesday 22 Sep

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’ve been bad (busy) again and have written a mere 323 words this past week (last Wednesday to last night, actually all Monday morning). Mornings are definitely best for me but it’s a bit of a juggle to find a chunk of time. My monologues are a good distraction. Hopefully I’ll get back to the collaborative project when non-work complications ease.

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Word Count Wednesday 15 Sep

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

Another crazy week and I was expecting to have a zero but I made myself sit at my desk at  9.45pm last night and write something. I started with the collaboration project but 114 words later ran out of steam. I’m better at novels when I have a chunk of time. So I went back to ye olde faithful, the monologues, and have the semi-shabby sum of 704 words total this past week (‘last Wednesday to last night’… all last night).

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Word Count Wednesday 8 Sep

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I have been writing, kind of, and have the grand sum of 608 words this past week (last Wednesday to last night), all the collaboration project. And all good intentions to do more but hey. Better than the previous few zeros. I’ll try to do more, or at least the same, for next time.

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Word Count Wednesday 1 Sep

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

It’s official; I don’t like Tuesdays. I guess they’re not as bad as Mondays if you work a standard week but they come around far too quickly as they mean I should have done some writing prior to WCW. Have I? Erm… I’ll let my silence answer that. Next week, I promise!

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Word Count Wednesday 25 Aug

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

Another zero for me, unfortunately. I had good intentions but a few days away (my notebook came with me but I spent the entire time walking) and it took me longer than planned to get out of the holiday frame of mind. A poor excuse but there it is.

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Word Count Wednesday 18 Aug

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’m writing this Tuesday morning so work and a mini-break (yay!) has meant a zero this past week (last Wednesday to last night) but it’s okay as I’m off to the coast now with two notebooks and printouts of the ‘story so far’. Even if I don’t write while I’m away (I’m hoping for a few hundred words thought) I’ll be so refreshed when I get home that I’ll be cracking on with the PI novel.

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Word Count Wednesday 11 Aug

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’ve been busy… writing(!) and have 3,168 words this past week (last Wednesday to last night). It turns out it’s no good working, and all the other day-to-day stuff, then writing in the evening. It simply doesn’t happen.

So I’ve gone back to mornings. That, and, I’ve taken over – for now – writing our collaborative Amazon Vella Private Eye project.

My partner in crime (on paper) and I have been suffering from a lack of motivation when it comes to writing. We’re both editors, for different publishers, so we’re less motivated than some to turn to writing/reading when the day job clock’s off. For now, I’ll be doing the writing then he’ll be doing the editing plus reworking and rewording the husband’s parts into his ‘voice’.

We’re eleven chapters in now with 9,000 words so cracking on. Each book is going to be a separate case while we get to know our main characters, and we’re aiming for 40,000 words a book so nearly a quarter of the way through. 🙂

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