Abandonment or Accomplishment
By this point you will know whether you are heading towards success or failure. My final result, in many ways, feels closer to abandonment because I wrote so few words in weeks three and four.
But it should all be kept in perspective. Even though I didn’t achieve my minimum target of 14,000 words, I still wrote over 10,000 words. This pushed me past the 50,000 word mark (closer to 60,000 words, in fact) and over the half way point of the novel I am writing. Even these kinds of small achievements are worth celebrating. Continue reading
It’s almost inevitable that any attempt at intensive writing will hit a roadblock at some point. Mine happened on day 15. I had written three pages of the latest chapter on day 14 and on day 15 I realised it wasn’t working. It was hard work writing it and even harder work reading it the next day because it was a huge info dump. Continue reading
As a general rule, week two should be your most productive. Your momentum is going along nicely, you’ve passed the week one struggle of getting into the routine and you’re starting to feel like you’re accomplishing exactly what you intended to accomplish. Continue reading
So the kids are in bed, the cats are fed, the wife/hubby is watching The Bachelor/a game of football (or whatever variation on this theme is relevant to you) and you finally have a couple of hours to yourself to begin Project October. I always try to set aside two hours at a minimum when I know I won’t have interruptions. For me, this generally ends up being after 9.00pm at night. For you, it might be from 5.00am to 7.00am. Maybe you’re a stay-at-home parent with a toddler who naps between 1.00pm and 3.00pm before you have to do the school run. There are no hard and fast rules about when to write, except for this: write whenever you can, as long as you write every day over the next month. Continue reading
So I’m taking a little break in order to increase my novel writing output, which means a reduction in my blog writing output but I’ve put together a few tips so that over the next four weeks, you might be able to successfully achieve some writing results from your own Project October. Continue reading