Word Count Wednesday: 23 Nov 2022

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

Week 3 of NaNoWriMo and I’m still at 11k (a zero word count this week, although I did do quite a bit of planning for one of the two novels I’m working on this month) but that’s fine. With the holiday to Iceland and a work project under my ever-expanding (inactivity while recuperating from a broken ankle) belt I now have the rest of the month to write the other 39k. No problem. (Ha ha ha ha ha!)

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing related, over the past seven days.

Word Count Wednesday: 16 Nov 2022

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

The day after returning from Iceland. What an amazing place. I was able to do some writing on Saturday when OH was in a conference. I was 19k behind so I needed to catch up and managed 6,980 words over the week, better than I thought given we were on holiday.

So I’m now 15,000 words behind but back at the helm though so should be able to get cracking in amongst work. I’m also clearing my mother’s house before it exchanges/completes (an end of an era) but have two new books on the go (with vague plots) so that will help.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing related, over the past seven days.

Word Count Wednesday: 9 Nov 2022

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

Second week of NaNoWriMo and I’m greeting you from Iceland! (No, not the frozen foods supermarket.) I did okay with #NaNoWriMo the first couple of days (3,535 words) but had done nothing since; meeting work deadlines before heading off on holiday until last night while OH was reading. I then managed another 706 words so 4,241 for the week which is okay. I’m home (away) alone at the weekend while OH is at a conference so hopeful of catching up somewhat. It’ll be a mere 19,097 words behind. Mmm…

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing related, over the past seven days.

Word Count Wednesday: 2 Nov 2022

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

Day 1 of NaNoWriMo saw a 2,455 word count, not bad for a 1,667 minimum. Before (and including) yesterday I’d made more notes for the novel I was doing and had 2,401 words of those on Monday before going in… better placed than in previous years where I had a vague notion and ran with it. Not that that did me any harm back in 2009 when I wrote the first draft (117,540 words) of The Serial Dater!

On a personal level, I’ve had a few hiccups with the house sale but hopefully back on the right track now with completion due on Friday. Anyone going through the same process, you have my sympathies. I’ve booked physio on my ankle and shoulder (rotator cuff) today and have our trip to Iceland to look forward to next Tuesday. I still hope to have a good word count on the Wednesday but have a chunk of work to do before then.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing related, over the past seven days.

Word Count Wednesday: 26 Oct 2022

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

Due to work commitments and T’s (four-day!) birthday celebrations, my writing week consisted of a morning and evening: yesterday! I’m pleased with what I got done though as I continued the monologues (1,154 words) and planned a new novel for nanowrimo.org (639 words).

It’s not even one I’d thought of before yesterday but I definitely think has enough legs to see the 50,000 words through. We’re off to Iceland in a couple of weeks and I’ll have the weekend to myself so I have high hopes of getting a chunk done then. In past years I’ve done around 8,000 words the first weekend then nothing until the final week when I crammed to get the remaining 40,000+ done, and in most years have managed it. Back in 2009 I wrote The Serial Dater, a first draft of 117,540 words, in 28 days! So I shall keep you updated. Speaking of which…

For those of you who’ve been following the saga of my broken ankle, I’m two weeks and a day out of my cast. I have a boot which I use for walking, otherwise I can get around, albeit slowly, in normal footwear and most importantly I can drive! Very relieved. It’ll be a while before I’m jogging (not that I ever did) but happy to be able to go up and down the stairs (carefully) and be crutch-free so I can carry things again and therefore less reliant on others.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing related, over the past seven days.

Word Count Wednesday: 19 Oct 2022

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

Another busy work week and a weekend away in Dorset (with at least a dozen of T’s friends, some of whom I’d not seen for thirty years!) but I did get some writing done on the Sunday morning until those who’d stayed up longer than us (2am) appeared.

I went back to the monologues again after work on Monday and Tuesday, creating two new pieces and starting another totalling 1,552 words. i also had a new idea so had fun making notes on that.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing related, over the past seven days.

Word Count Wednesday: 12 Oct 2022

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

Wednesday to Friday were work days then I was planning on going back to my Rachel Cavanagh Henry dog detective stories but had a brainwave in the early hours of Saturday morning. I’d started a collection of themed monologues a while back (started 2019) and at nearly 28,000 words decided to continue those instead – to hopefully double the word count, send them off to my editor/beta readers then publish them before Christmas. So I have my work cut out!

The weekend/Monday and Tuesday were a mix of being social (T had the weekend off), working and continuing the monologues and had a final word count of 985. Not much but a busy week. And I have a plan on what I’m going to work on next, and have a deadline, which is always a good motivational tool.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing related, over the past seven days.

Word Count Wednesday: 5 Oct 2022

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

Wednesday was an admin day (finally finishing sorting my files including hundreds of short pieces of writing) ahead of T returning to work on Thursday for ten days so plenty of time to work… which is exactly what I did then and the weekend to get cleared before the new week. Monday was a work day which I finished late on Tuesday evening, so no new words but fresh to start – or continue – something on Wednesday morning.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing related, over the past seven days.

Word Count Wednesday: 28 Sept 2022

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

I finally got my files sorted (the joy of having dozens of folders of backups, thousands of other duplicates, and random files not in folders) on Saturday, I could then go back to cataloguing my works in progress.

One delight was returning to a daily writing document which I thought was a maximum of 20,000 words and found it had over 80,000 words! Most are no more than 500 words but definitely either fodder for short stories or perhaps longer pieces.

Sunday was a write-off (things to do, people to see) so it left Monday and Tuesday but that was taken up with work so another zero, although creating synopses for most of the works in progress was helpful. Next up?…

Having written crime fiction for a few weeks I’ll be returning to something lighter, my Henry stories. I write them under the pen name of Rachel Cavanagh but I’m deliberating bringing them under my MB wing as it’s difficult (time-consuming) enough to market under one name – I’d love your opinion/experience of this!

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing related, over the past seven days.

Word Count Wednesday: 21 Sept 2022

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

Wednesday and Thursday were work (editing) days in anticipation for T working nights for a week as I wasn’t sure I’d get much done when he was home.

My computer files were rather a mess so I started with that and knowing I have at least a dozen works in progress at various points in their lives, I created a summary for each so I can better prioritise the ones that have more content and potential. With sparce time at the weekend I concentrated on this.

I’d forgotten to judge some short stories I’d promised back at the weekend (oops!) so that took my Sunday and Monday nights (with T at work) then I returned to the organising on Tuesday. A zero word count therefore but definitely steps in the right direction.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing related, over the past seven days.