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Monthly Writers update – January 2021

My Yearly Goal for 2021 involved “do story progression” so here I am telling you what has happened this month writing wise πŸ™‚

This is my first one so things might change but so far I like this set-up. It’s more like a diary than anything else.

Project worked on this month

This month I have mainly worked on my 2020 NaNo project which was also my 2018 NaNo project.

It Wasn’t Meant To Be Like This (Captain Jac #1) Synopsis

This is the story of Captain Jac who after 8 years of sailing the Seven Isles as an independent single-trade trader decided to finally take revenge on her emotionally abusive father and ace this years Traders Awards charts. Her father has been on the top spot long before Jac was even born and it’s time he had some competition. Only problem is, Jac signed a deal for a high stake job that she doesn’t know anything about. Very high stakes. High points, high payoff and high risk. Can she pull it off without killing her crew? Will Jac be able to get out in one piece? It’s too late to back out now, a magical contract can only be fulfilled or the signee dies. Having dragged her crew into this situation Jac can only do her best not to f**k up.


In other news, I have started thinking about NaNoWriMo again. I can’t get enough! And I’m talking about both Camp NaNo and the November one. I contemplating my potential goals for Camp Nano and my project for NaNoWriMo.

For reference Camp NaNo is in April and July, while NaNoWriMo is in November. Camp NaNo has flexible goals you set yourself, while NaNoWriMo has a fixed goal of 50 000 words in 30 days.

For Camp NaNo I’ve pretty much decided to work on Captain Jac story. I think. I have so much to write for it but I will not have a word count goal. I’ve decided to have a project-work-hours-goal instead. And I think it’s going to be a total hours not day by day hour. I know I can do up to 6-8 hour on a good day, but 0 hours on a full work day. I want to have the flexibility to accommodate for that. I think something along the lines of 1 hour during a work day and 2-3 hours during the weekend is enough so a total of 40 hour or something. Or something like that. I’m still thinking.

Then for NaNoWriMo, I’ve started thinking about all my other ideas that I may develop into a story, but that’s as far as I’ve come. Contemplating existing ideas.

Progress Journal

I did several things this month. Yes I work on it over Christmas too but for January I did a total of 5299 words.

I added some chapters and I concentrated the background story in those chapters instead of trying to drip feed it into the main text. I feel better about it now. Yes I still have hints to the background story in the main text but in these chapters I can go into it in detail from that persons point of view. I also had the idea of adding more narrators to the story so the end wouldn’t be such a big shock. Yes Jac is the main narrator but adding a chapter or two each from Eric (a sly but lovable crew member) and Cora (cook and Jac’s best friend) would add some interesting views.

The graph below shows word counts per day this month.

I did my best on the 2nd of January. I tried to forget I was going back to work soon and it kind of worked. Throughout the rest of the month I bought Scivner for iOS and synced the file through Dropbox. This meant I had more flexibility to write whenever and wherever. However, the Scrivener software does not track the amount I write on my phone only what I write on my Mac so I made a spreadsheet. Then on the 16th someone on Instagram did a writing sprint and I suddenly felt inspired to write. It was only for one hour but I ended up with another 1k words πŸ™‚ Since then though… urgh!

I have been thinking non-spot about my story. I have created the intro to the TV show edition, half cast it and Billie Eilish is doing the sound track! LOL! So I have been somewhat productive. I just can’t measure it and put in in a graph. I need to learn how to value this part of the story creating process.

Overall Progress in 2021

I’m ok with my progress. I’m only one month into 2021. I do wish I spent more time on it but then I realise I have a full time job, hobbies and reading so I don’t have that much spare time. Also after staring at my screen for 8 hours, I really don’t want to spend the next 4 hours continue to stare at it. I need breaks from the screen. So it’s fine.

The graph below show words written per month so far in 2021. I want to compare 2022 with 2021. Last year I didn’t do anything so this is great. The only word counts I have from 2020 and 2019 are mostly November ones. I want evidence of a growing habit and that starts now πŸ™‚ and then I can share that with you people!

Compare that with all the writing data I have accumulated in the last tow years (which isn’t much). I did a lot better I January than previous years which is not a surplice. I want to develop a writing habit that expands outside NaNoWriMo and goes all year round. I want to compare the below data with the data I record in there or five years time to see how I do.

That’s it. Goal achieved for this month πŸ™‚

Until next month, just keep writing

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