The Calm Before...

As planned, I had a couple of days off with my Boy in Lincoln. It was exactly what I needed. That, and the three hours driving time there and back. The trip up gave me another writing project, the trip back sorted out some of the issues I was still struggling with. I'm not sure Boy will welcome me rocking up unannounced on his doorstep every time I need to sort my writing issues out. I think I should start looking into hostels or cheap B & Bs. 

Tomorrow, I start writing proper. I've planned as much as I can and now I can't put it off any longer. Tomorrow, I start. Needless to say, I was awake for two hours last night, wide awake and thinking about things that did not immediately need my attention. I did however, remember that I need to pay a bill, so it wasn't all wasted time. I am not convinced of the urgency of the thinking that my house would benefit from a quick flick of a duster in the morning or that there was laundry to do. I disturbed Rummy enough that he flounced out of bed and house at 4 am. He woke me up just before 9 am, a very hungry and soggy sight. I was unimpressed with his enthusiastic affection. It was moist. And not in a good way either.

I am not great with stated goals. I set them, write them down and then go and do something completely different. You may therefore understand my reluctance to say I've got a structure that I must work to, if I am to complete the book by the 26th of June. 

My brother and his family are doing a European vacation arriving on the 26th, hence my deadline. While they aren't going to be with me for the whole month, we do have plans to spend a week in France together at the beginning of July. It will be great  to have finished the first draft by then, it can then cook on my desk until my return. I can then edit it and send it to the eejits dear friends who have agreed to read it through for me. If everything goes to plan, I should be able to get the manuscript off to the publisher by September August latest. I can then expect my first rejection letter anywhere from Christmas to February next year. In the meantime, I will have my second writing project well on the go. Hopefully, that one will flow more efficiently.

I confess I am a bit terrified nervous. Funds are running low and time is running out. As my dad used to say "it's time to shit, or get off the pot."

Over the next eight weeks, I will not be logging on to social media through my laptop during the day in an effort to keep my focus. Of course, I have my phone next to me, so you will still see me about lunchtimes and sneaky breaks. Blogging is part of my writing process and I have no intention of losing track of you lot. I will still be exercising like a mad thing, either first or last thing I haven't figured out which will be better for me; I do know the movement will do me good. 

So here it is: 

The Plan: 85,000 words written in 8 weeks. That's 11,000 words per week. 2,500 words* per day assuming two days off.

*yes, smarty-pants I know my maths doesn't add up. I'm correcting for sick days, injury days or days that just won't go to plan.

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  1. Exciting times! I hope you make a fabulous start tomorrow.

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    1. Thanks hon. I hope so too. At the moment, I just want to go back to bed.

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  2. that sounds like a terrific plan BECAUSE you've allowed for things going slightly off the rails which makes massive sense to me. it's important to be realistic when it comes to writing, otherwise, impossible goals will totally derail your project. i wish you well! now go to the gym! ;) xoxoxox

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    1. Thanks honey. I cancelled my PT tomorrow so I could start properly. It's a Bank Holiday and it only opens at 8.30.

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  3. Forget the two days off, write SOMETHING every day. It may be just a paragraph. But the paragraph might inspire you to write a page....

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    1. Hey Nick. That approach might work if I had a small project to start with, or if I didn't have the deadline, or if I was trying to juggle work with writing, or if I wanted to write, but wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do...

      But thank you for the thought.

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  4. Good Luck lovely.....you got this!

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    1. I totally have(n't). :)

      Thanks hon.

      xx

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  5. Sounds like a lively Summer! A July vacation with your family in France sounds like a very special time.

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    1. It's going to be busy that's for sure. It's not even including the coffee gigs with Dave.

      France will be something.

      xx

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    1. I will be. Any minute now...

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  7. Happy Star Wars Day!
    May the fourth be with you!

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    1. The fourth has definitely been with me. It's been a good day.

      xxx

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  8. Good luck, m'dear!!
    Sx

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    1. Thank you lovely.

      I had two very productive days. Yesterday was less so and today seems to be going to the dogs.

      *sigh*

      I'll get there, I'm sure.

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    2. I know this sounds drastic, and I am considering it for myself, but have you thought about turning your router off for several hours a day? The very thought of this brings me out in a cold sweat... so I think this proves that I have an addiction... an addiction that stops me doing the things I dream about doing. My excuse for not doing much today will be because I'm following the election coverage!!!
      Anyhow, stick with it!!!
      Sx

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    3. I've gone as far as logging off Facebook when I write and turning of its notifications and I'm afraid that's as much as I can do. I can't go as far as turning off my router because I upload my words to cloud storage as back up at the end of each writing session.

      As for the election, I've done my bit. I voted this morning and I don't want to waste time with the endless speculation which may not actually come to anything. Exit polls are never to be believed.

      I'm sticking with it and have even done more words today than I did yesterday, so I am much happier.

      Thanks honey. It's good to have you back and about again! I missed you!
      xx

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