15K in May: word count, 2/3 of the way in.

I realise I am on track to achieve the 15K in May writing challenge. But I’m pondering a question. What am I hoping to achieve?

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Words written in May

  1. Crime fiction (Birkbeck assignment) = 999 words, after editing.
  2. Ruthless Scribbling blog posts = 819 words
  3. Ruthless Reading blog post = 467 words
  4. Ruth’s Coastal Walk blog posts = 7,564 words
  5. Historic fiction (Birkbeck assignment) = 993 words, so far

Total = 10,842 words Continue reading “15K in May: word count, 2/3 of the way in.”

15K in May: writing under pressure

Writing Towards 15 Thousand Words

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  1. Crime fiction (Birkbeck assignment) = 999 words, after editing.
  2. Ruthless Scribbling blog posts = 819 words
  3. Ruthless Reading blog post = 467 words
  4. Ruth’s Coastal Walk blog posts = 4,377 words
  5. Historic fiction (Birkbeck assignment) = 993 words, before final edit
  6. Total = 7,655 words


Here is my latest progress meter. This one is courtesy of Word Meter on Critique Circle.

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15K in May: catching up with my walking blog

I spent the bank holiday weekend walking the coast in Cornwall. The weather was surprisingly good and I walked all day, every day. As a result I did very little writing.

15K in May, Ruth Livingstone, writing challengeI am using the 15KinMay challenge as an opportunity to catch up with my walking blog. I walk at a faster pace than my write-ups  and, for those who know how fast I walk, you will realise that means my write-ups are produced very slowly indeed. I am always a few days behind.

Why so slow? For each walk I’ve completed, my first task is to sort out the photographs – and I take a great many photographs. Then I have the pleasure of thinking back on the walk Continue reading “15K in May: catching up with my walking blog”

Need a kick in the butt to write?

So many of us writers seem to find it hard to get down to the nitty-gritty business of writing. Myself included. We know we want to write. What stops us?

As writers we want to write. We know what we want to write and we know how to write it.
So, we simply sit down and write. Don’t we?

15 K in May, writing habits, Ruth Livingstone

Finding it hard to write?

Well, actually, maybe it’s not quite as easy as that. So many of us writers seem to find it hard to get down to the nitty-gritty business of actually writing. Myself included. So I’m interested to know Continue reading “Need a kick in the butt to write?”

I am an Olympic Storyteller!

‘Congratulations! Your application to become a BT Storyteller for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been successful.’
Yikes! Now what?

Olympic Storyteller Oh my goodness, gracious me. I swear I had forgotten all about it. Then I came home from holiday and found this email waiting for me.

Dear Ruth
Congratulations! Your application to become a BT Storyteller for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been successful.

You have been chosen to Continue reading “I am an Olympic Storyteller!”