Yes. I have tapped out fifteen thousand words on my computer during the 31 days that make up the month of May. This does not include work related documents – only the creative writing projects that I have voluntarily embarked on.
Final word count
- Crime fiction (Birkbeck assignment) = 999 words, after editing.
- Ruthless Scribbling blog posts = 2,284 words.
- Ruthless Reading (review of Double Indemnity) = 467 words.
- Ruthless Reading (review of The Stars My Destination) = 538 words.
- Ruth’s Coastal Walk blog posts = 8,714 words.
- Historic fiction (Birkbeck assignment) = 1033 words.
- Science fiction (Birkbeck assignment) = 1084 words.
Total = 15,119 words
What have I learnt from this writing challenge?
It is surprisingly hard to keep momentum going. Some of my problem was the lack of focus – I was writing blog posts across three different blogs and including some of my writing assignments from my Birkbeck Creative Writing BA course. Nothing wrong with that – it’s all writing, after all. But each project was a stand alone piece and I had no driving impetus to take me forward from one project to the next.
I am still 2/3 of the way through the first draft of a science fiction novel. I planned this story in the months leading up to NaNoWriMo in 2011, wrote 50,000+ words during NaNo itself, added another 20,000 in the next few months and then….. then I stalled.
So my personal writing challenge for the month of June is to FINISH THE FIRST DRAFT. I’m calling it Just Finish it June. Will keep you posted.