September Writing Update

This year I set myself monthly writing goals to track the progress of my fantasy novel-in-progress, The Secrets The Dead Keep. September’s goals were as follows:

  • 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

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5 thoughts on “September Writing Update

  1. You’re right in saying that some progress is better than none at all! It’s good that you’ve found a way to focus on what you have done instead of what you haven’t πŸ™‚ good luck with this month!
    On a side note, while you’ve said you’re not currently looking any more, I’d love to get into beta reading. I haven’t done it before but need to start somewhere :O let me know if you’re interested πŸ™‚

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  2. That’s a cool idea to try to focus on 100 days instead of huge goals that can seem so unmanageable. Best of luck with writing! And no worries about posting less because of uniβ€”that’s a mentality I probably need to take more to heart tbqh.
    As for me, my writing progress has never been the most consistent due to other commitments and poor time management, but I’m trying to do follow a little Writober daily prompt list this month so that at least I remember to practice (like scheduling swim or piano lessons, if I wanna think of it that way).

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    1. Thanks! πŸ˜€ I’m the same with time management; I used to neglect my project for weeks on end because I was too busy with school or uni, which is why I’m now trying to establish a daily writing habit! Doing daily writing prompts sounds like a great idea – best of luck! ☺

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