No, I’m not breaking down.
This post is to evaluate the goals I set for April.
Before I do this I’d like to underline that these goals were just there to give some direction and also to make me put in words what I wanted to work on in April.
As a reminder this was April’s Project:
1 – Make Plot Outline (for Editing Purposes)
2 – Edit First Draft (Obvious)
3 – Create Synopsis (Kind of dreading this one)
4 – Write a couple of blog posts (Because it is fun)
5 – Start short story/ new story (To distract from point 2)
Make a blog post about my writing challenge to see how many hours I spent writing/ how many words/ how many chapters edited.
I finished or started the things in green, but didn’t do the things in red because I wasn’t as quick in revising/editing as I thought I would be.. After one week of campnano I changed my goal to hours instead of words.
Let me break my April writing down for you in days:
|0||Because of hangover after birthday party. (I turned 34 on 31st of March)|
|2||Cut things. Also keep shifting things around in chapter 1 and 2.
|2||Day job. Added some but also cut things. Moved things around.
|2||Finally started editing for real. Chapter one mostly|
|2||Chapter one revised/edited|
|2||Chapter two revised/edited
|One tiny blogpost. Chapter 3: delete/ repeat. Added some.
|Weekend (0)||House painting /chores ☹|
|Weekend (0)||House painting/chores ☹|
|3||Tinkered again with chapter 1 & 2, and send it to someone to read.|
|4,5||Returned to chapter 3, added/cut/rewrite|
|1||Looked things up/ get in touch with writerly feeling|
|1,5||Chapter 4 done, needs more revising in next draft but okay for now. Need forward momentum so on to chapter 5.|
|2,5||Chapter 5 started also some reading on WordPress reader to look for interesting blogs to follow (also known as procrastinating)|
|Minutes||Work and birthday party prep|
|Minutes||Kid birthday party/ housecleaning/grocery/ watching Luther, because: Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson😊|
|Minutes||Work and stuff|
|3||WordPress and a bit of editing.|
|3||Chapter 5 !|
|0||Work and stuff|
|0||Kids vacation, went to a zoo|
|1||Kids vacation, zero concentration|
|4||Chapter 5 & 6 Done|
|4||Started chapter 7|
|2||Chapter 7/ WordPress|
|2||Chapter 7 done|
What have I learned about my process this month? Well I’m a slow starter for sure. It took me FOUR days to realize that if I wanted to improve this draft I actually had to sit down and well, DO SOMETHING. And with that I mean, FOCUS and put words on paper. And even worse: delete everything that doesn’t work. (Which also took time, because I only really cut things when I send my work to someone else).
So by the time it was April 4th I had that realization and in the days that followed work was done. But then the weekend came around… In which I promised to help to paint and didn’t get around to write much. This is also true for work days and days when the kids are free. It was a very busy month with loads of obligations but I still managed 50 hours.
Of course I could have done more, but I don’t mind. I like being hooked on watching Luther, going to the gym, meet friends, have dayjob (not liking that one), having 4 kids to entertain on occasion, having a relationship, read books.
And I’ve found some writerly friends! Some say Campnano is very different from the Big November Thing, and that’s true, but I really liked my cabin.
I would have worked on my story anyway but I’m glad I’d a group of people doing the same thing, dreaming the same dreams, fighting the same insecurities.
For May I’ve decided to just keep on keeping on. I learned that if I’ve longer stretches of time I get more work done, so I’m trying to get those this month.
- Continue Edit on The Draft That Must Not be Named 😊
- Make a Polaroid branch and blog about that project!
- Blogpost about editing process part two
- I’m going to Copenhagen this month, so expect a travel post by the end of the month (probably just pictures, because well Copenhagen!)