- To keep editing until I complete Draft Four
- To improve my worldbuilding
- To start finding beta readers
So how did I do?
As usual… not brilliantly. I haven’t actually completed any of these goals – oops! However, what I have been doing is making small but consistent amounts of daily progress. It isn’t getting me very far, but at least I’m getting anywhere at all!
Also as usual, I do have excuses for not writing as much – I’ve had a driving test and my final year at uni to prepare for. So it’s been a busy month, but then again, every month is a busy month! And with lectures starting this week and the dreaded dissertation looming, my months are only going to get busier.
But I’m determined not only to work harder and cope better this academic year, but also to keep that progress on my novel going. So when I came across the #showup100 challenge on Instagram, it sounded perfect for me.
#showup100 was created by writer Kim Manganelli to challenge all creatives to “show up” for their art 100 times before the end of 2017 – ie, to do something, no matter how small, towards their project every day. You can find out more about it and how to “show up” for a project here.
Although it’s designed as a social media initiative, I’ve mostly been keeping track of my progress off of social media, in a designated notebook. I’m really enjoying keeping a record of exactly what I’ve done towards my novel each day; it’s helping me remember that any progress is good progress, and focus on what I did do that day (even if I only managed to edit one sentence) rather than what I didn’t manage to do.
So far, I’ve “showed up” twenty days since I started participating in #showup100 at the beginning of the month. I’m a little annoyed that I ended up accidentally taking more days off than I wanted to, considering that I’m sure I’ll need those days off far more in the next few months, once the uni assignments start getting handed out. So I’m not sure whether I’ll make the full 100, but if it’s encouraging me to keep making progress every day, then that’s fine!
Next month’s goals
While I think that it’s useful to start recruiting beta readers as early as possible, I now feel that it’s far too early, considering my current rate of progress! I wouldn’t want to put people off by making them wait months to give me feedback. So I’m cutting the goal to start finding beta readers, which leaves me with the following goals for October:
- To continue editing Draft Four,
- And to continue to improve my worldbuilding.
How are your writing projects going? Let me know in the comments!
Finally, on a quick non-writing-related note, I’d like to warn you that from now until next June, my posting may be a bit sporadic thanks to my uni commitments. I’ll try my best to keep posting weekly, but my degree has to be my highest priority, so don’t be surprised if I end up posting every other week instead