Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not; practising flash fiction.

Project 10K – May #amwriting #amediting

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April has been good to me and I have achieved a lot of what I set out to do. This has been helped by me starting to map my weeks – breaking the week down into working days and the days into hourly slots that I fill with tasks. (For a technical explanation, the reasons why it works, and some examples click the links.)

To answer Gabrielle’s, of Flights of Fancy,  questions:

1. Did you meet your writing/editing goals? YES and NO.
2. Did you have fun writing? YES, and headaches trying to work out what’s going on in my NaNoWriMo novel.
3. Did the P10K help with motivation? YES. People are checking up on me so I have to perform.

 

 

I set myself four goals for April and achieved two of them fully. Submitting short stories to four competitions has resulted in me being placed in the Top 3 of the Blank Page Short Story Challenge, so I am pleased I got my entry in at the last minute and I am now willing people to vote for my story to win. 🙂 I have also submitted to all of April’s Friday Fictioneer prompts, with a variety of story types, and received some very encouraging comments.

 

 

One of my fails this month was to edit my 2017 NaNoWriMo novel. I lost the first two weeks of April to the Easter holidays and having some time off with hubby, so it is hardly a surprise I am behind with this task. I have also learnt that writing in a stream of consciousness way is a complete pain in the behind when it comes to editing and making sense for a reading audience. I am chopping and changing and about 20% through. However, having started, this is an ongoing goal and I plan to get the first edit completed by the end of this (next?) month.

My other fail was to respond to the New Unofficial On-Line Writer’s Guild prompts by the Thursday after they are posted on Sunday. I think I managed this on one out of four occasions and, although I’m thinking about last Sunday’s prompt, I have only five lines of scribble to work with so that might well be a fail of 4/5.

 

Goals for May (in no particular order)

  1. Edit the remaining 39500 words of my NaNoWriMo 2017 novel.
  2. Post responses to the On-Line Writer’s Guild prompts by the Thursday after a Sunday post. (I live in hope.)
  3. Write new short stories/ adapt old ones for short story competitions – enter three.
  4. Contribute to Friday Fictioneer prompts.
  5. Submit my finished WIP to agents – at least five.

 

To sum up my goals for April, were:

  1. Participate in Camp Nano – edit the 50000 words I wrote last November. I really don’t expect to get this done but I do need to look at this writing again to see if it has legs. FAIL
  2. Write new short stories/ adapt old ones for short story competitions. I have a list of 7 possible deadlines to meet, so let’s aim to enter 4. WIN
  3. Contribute to Friday Fictioneer prompts. WIN
  4. Post responses to the On-Line Writer’s Guild prompts by the Thursday after a Sunday post. FAIL

 

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Written by Sarah Ann

May 1, 2018 at 4:03 pm

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  1. No failures at OLWG. You can post whenever you want. Thank you for posting at all.

    tnkerr

    May 1, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    • You’re too kind. I like the challenge of making the prompts into a story or poetry. Pity it takes me so long to get the ideas onto paper/ the screen. The ladies man from Texas has put an idea in my head…. now to finish it. I think coffee might be required!

      Sarah Ann

      May 1, 2018 at 4:24 pm

  2. Congratulations on completing most of your goals. The ‘fails” are postponments, ‘to be completed’.
    I’m a teacher and I try to convince my students they haven’t failed when their work needs improvement because they just need to try again!

    LucciaGray

    May 4, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    • Ah, yes, postponements – like all those other jobs on my to do list. As writers we all must try again and carry on improving. Even when something is complete, we tweak and edit to try to reach perfection. Thank you for the encouragement. 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      May 7, 2018 at 7:59 pm


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