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Last week I told you that I was starting writing the novel again, in 30 minute bursts. Well I'm pleased to say that I have made progress!

I spent the whole week forcing myself to take thirty minutes to write. I set a timer on my phone, ignored any notifications and just wrote. It was hard at first, my mind wandered and I thought about blogging, but by Friday I shut out other thoughts and wrote.

Here's the stats...



Monday - No writing. The kids' first day back at school, I had to take down the Christmas decorations, and the Hubby was ill. I spent the day to-ing and fro-ing and made no progress at all. I felt a pang of guilt.

The plan started on Tuesday, as you can see, and went okay. I could have written more but I spent time re-reading paragraphs, giving me less time for writing. Wednesday was better, I just got on with the writing. On Thursday I had to work for the Hubby, I sort out his quarter end stuff and spent the whole day on that. No time for writing. Even though Friday was my birthday I still managed to squeeze in that 30 minutes and I was so proud of myself.

The total for the week is 1,841 - certainly nothing on the 10,289 words I did once but it's progress. After the big set back (worrying about giving up the novel) I'm pleased that I even wrote one word. My mojo is back, I'm happy and I know when the writing works best!

In one week I've learned that I can't write first thing in a morning. Dropping off the kids at school and doing my morning exercise gets me ready for the day. I concentrate on the blog in the morning and save the 30 minutes of writing for just after lunch. It's working so far.

Maybe I'll make more progress this week, guess we'll find out next Tuesday!

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26 comments:

  1. Really glad to hear this approach is working for you - it sounds like you've made a bit of a mental leap this week as well as the words themselves! It's amazing how quickly a word count can start to rise, even with just 30 minutes a day. I hope this week goes really well for you too! :) x

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    1. Thank you Sophie. You're right about that mental leap too, I have and I'm feeling great. Thanks so much for stopping by. xx

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  2. Good to hear you've found an approach that works for you-I'm still searching for that hop grail right now! Look forward to seeing how you get on :)

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    1. Thanks Iona. I hope you find your way soon. xx

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  3. That's great news. I think having a set plan and sticking to it can work really well.

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    1. It's the first time I'm trying to write this way and it does seem to be working well so far. :) Thanks. xx

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  4. Excellent! You suddenly sound all happy and excited about your writing again which is great! It's amazing how much can be achieved in short bursts. I think I might have to give this approach a try. Thanks for linking to #whatImWriting. Looking forward to finding out how next week goes!

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    1. I am SO happy Maddy! I'm writing again (YAY!) and I'm making progress. I feel amazing. The short bursts do work very well for me, at least for the moment and I'm taking advantage while it's working. xx

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  5. Well done you! Don't beat yourself up if you can't do your half an hour each day- you have a busy life too. I find that when I put pressure on myself it just doesn't happen, it kind of makes the thing, whatever it is, a chore. So just go easy on yourself and the words will come :-) Lexie X

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    1. Thanks Lexie, I'm like that too. I don't do well under pressure and I've eased up on myself a little. If I can't manage that 30 minutes one day it's no biggie as long as I do it when I can. :)

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  6. Yay! Glad to read it's all working for you. And progress is progress - very positive. xx

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  7. Awesome progress hon, you should be very proud of that! I think 5-600 words in half an hour is an amazing achievement :-)

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    1. Thanks Renee. I'm pretty impressed actually - I thought it would be more like 2-300! But progress is progress and even if I only managed 10 words, it's 10 words I didn't already have. :)

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  8. How exciting writing a book! Writing a few words is better than none so yes you havent written as much as you once had that doesnt matter. I hope you continue on the right track :-) x

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    1. Thank you Katy. It's been a long time and I finally feel like I have a plan that may get me to the finish line. I'm keeping the progress in mind now and not the number - as long as the words keep coming who cares how many words there are right? :)

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  9. Well done for finding the time to write most days, it's not easy when life keeps on getting in the way! Have you ever thought about joining a writers' group?

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    1. Thanks Izzie, I have thought about it but it's a little scary! It's baby steps at the moment, I don't want to overwhelm myself. Perhaps when I've finished the draft I'll think about joining a group. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. xx

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  10. Brilliant lady, I always say, the more you write, the more you write, creativity is a muscle to be exercised. Go you! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

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    1. Thanks Vicki and yes you're right. The more you write, the more you write. I've proved that to myself this week! xx

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  11. You are off to a fabulous start. I'm always of the opinion that something is better than nothing. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo

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    1. Thank you Victoria, I don't really mind that it's not much. I'm writing and that's the main thing. Thanks for stopping by xx

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  12. I think I may need to try this approach... generally for me a deadline is the great motivator, but right now the only person giving me a deadline is me, so that's not really working! This post is so lovely to read, you sound so positive and excited :)

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    1. That's the problem I have with deadlines, the only person setting them is me so I can just change the deadline whenever I feel like it. I feel like this approach really works well for me and you're right, it has got me excited about writing again. It feels amazing. As long as you can switch off from social media, email, etc for that 30 minutes it really does work. Thanks for stopping by Sara. xx

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  13. I find that 30 minute bursts helps me too Morgan. And with you - ignore all notifications and set-to! #whatimwriting

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    1. Glad to hear that it works for you! I do enjoy it. xx

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