This month was a let down writing wise as I did not reach my word count goal of 35,000. There were many reasons, but the main one was that I have been really busy (as usual, but unusually so). I still love my story, but I have so much on my plate that I have this constant feeling of being overwhelmed. When I get like this I turn to tv shows to take me to oblivion because my mind is always working. However, despite my set backs, when I take a step back and look objectively I realise I haven't done to badly.
Once I got home from my stay with my grandparents, I was plunged into full time work and since it was the holidays I went out every night meeting with friends and came home at midnight. The only writing I could do was this blog in order to maintain it, but that had me sleeping at 2 am for the last 4 weeks and still getting up for work. In total, I missed out of 19 days of writing this month and that is more than when I had exams!
Despite this, I did end up writing up to 6,897 words toward my book and am really excited where it's at. Right now, my two main characters have reunited but one of them is hiding a really big secret. Not only this, but they are about to be plunged into a great adventure which will determine the fate of their world, but they have no idea what they are facing. I can't believe how far I have come in my story and now I see my self creeping to the end. It is in sight! It is still a pin prick of light in a long dark Minecraft tunnel, but it is there.
Even though it can get hard and as a writer you doubt yourself, I have to constantly remind myself to keep going and live the life I want to live. I try to take pleasure in the little things and try not to punish myself for not doing enough, for instance I did not study or write tonight even though I had the time too. Instead, I lost myself in tv shows. That's okay because I really, really, really needed it. The pleasure which I took from this months writing endeavours was the fact that my total word count for this month was 21,535! How amazing is that! I guess I did not do so bad as I thought.
I have started uni again and it's already kicking my ass. I am almost at the end of my law degree and have left the hardest units until the end. I have 4 of the most difficult subjects and they each have huge text books. Each weeks I have to complete hundreds of pages of reading, I have to write notes, do weekly quizzes, assessments and attend lectures. I barely have time to do keep up with the readings themselves, let alone all the rest and it is only week 2. In order to keep up with my studies I have had to cut down my work hours to two days a week which hopefully will help.
However, I don't know how my writing will fare with all the work and study I am doing. I will try to stick to my rule where I don't let myself not write for more than two days. I will write even if it is only 300 words, but I will get something down because even in this chaos we call life I know what is important to me.
I am setting my word limit to 9,000 words this month to facilitate my schedule. I know that I will hit this because I am determined to make it happen! I hope that you set yourself a goal to hit this month, whether it be in writing that scene you've been looking forward to or a word count of your own.
Thanks for listening to my ramblings!