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500 words a day (on average)

New Year, Old Me.

This is the bit where I waffle on about how I’ve not updated in a while yada, yada … but you don’t want to hear about that. Oh no, you want to hear about my challenge for 2019 so I’ll keep it simple. As the title says, I’m aiming to write 500 words a day (on average)

Now that may not sound like a lot, and of course it isn’t, but I know that there’s no way I’ll be able to stick to anything higher so I’m setting a realistic target. The average word there is also tactical, because no matter how well I plan, or pretend to plan my year I’ll never write every day. So the average allows me to play catch up for those lean days when I don’t manage to add words to page.

I do want to write every day, but I have a job and a family and unplanned nonsense always sweeps in to take away those precious hours when I do plan to write, so this gives me a chance to do something achievable. And at an average of 500 words per day, that works out at 182,500 words over the course of the year which should mean I’ll have created more things to edit and publish in 2019 than I did in 2017 and 2018.

That is the goal after all.

Those 182,500 words will span a number of activities covering many lengths and potentially genres. The main projects will be creating new horror short stories which can not only be published, but also be re-purposed for the podcast proposal I worked on last year; more Hopetown shorts which will most likely now form part of either collections or full blown novels (more likely novellas); a novel or two that I can start but probably won’t finish; some pieces that I’ll submit to online and other publications and finally things that don’t fall in any brackets and may not be finished completely but words will be written and that’s the main thing.

I have a spreadsheet and will update figures from that one a weekly (or so) basis.

At the moment, as at 3rd January, I’ve written 2005 words for a short piece with a working title of “Gun on lap”. That figure is made up of 0 words written on 1st Jan, 519 on 2nd and (so far) 1486 on 3rd Jan. Technically I’m ahead of where I want to be, but there’s still time before the beer is finished tonight so I’ll get cracking with more.

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