Writing in Public, Too: First Month Recap

writinginpublicA little belated, but life happens. And it did this past week, to a significant level. I hadn’t written any new fiction since the 26th, which makes it…nine days? A long time. But I’m starting to get back in motion again, now. To make a long story short, I tend to do better dealing with depressing events when I am able to take action – to move ahead in some way. Turning my writing into a successful income will fix an awful lot of the problems I’ve been facing, so that means any time I can commit to writing IS in fact taking direct forward action.

So I’m working to move ahead on the writing. And I’ll be doing another month of the “Writing in Public, Too” series, if one which is off to a belated start.


So what happened in September?

– I wrote just under 35,000 words of new fiction.

– I wrote about 15,000 words of blog posts.

In all, it was about a NaNoWriMo worth of writing. Not quite the 60k I’d been hoping for, but then I missed the last four days of the month. I’d really been planning to work hard to make those last three days productive ones. Still, nothing to sneeze at, writing 34,650 words of new fiction. I have Starship about ready to, er, ship. I’ve started on Episode 6. I finished writing “Ashes Ascendant”, and it’s off to edits now, so folks who’ve been waiting for the next Ryan Blackwell stories will have something new to read before the end of the year.

I found the accountability useful. It was nice to hear from people, from time to time – here, on Twitter, and on Facebook. That really helped, by reminding me that YES, some folks were reading this. I even had a few people tell me that my blogging about the process helped inspire them to get back to writing. That’s an awesome thing.

My focus on writing has borne other fruit, too. Daughter D (age 7) – who a month ago said she hated writing – has begun writing her first book. And she LIKES writing, now. At some point this month, I need to write the next bit of my Skylark homage for her, and have her read it. I have the next bit plotted out… Will be fun to make that story into something in the mid-grade/YA range.

One thing which will be changing this month or next… I have some pen name stuff I will be writing, coming up. So there will be some wordcount this time that’s not associated with a Kevin McLaughlin story. You’ll have to take my word for the wordcount. I promise I won’t fib on it! This particular piece is going to be obligate pen-name work, however, so I can talk about how the story is going and developing, but not specifics about it.

Sorry! I promise to get either some Starship or some Blackwell in there, too.

The month is already six days gone… Twenty five remain. I’m going to try to hold to the 60k again, and see if I can actually get there this time. I’m starting off behind, but I also have a month of writing habit behind me (if a little broken by the pause).

OK. This stuff isn’t going to write itself. Time to get to work.

Thanks for coming along on the trip!


Month One Totals:

Month One Fiction: 34650 words

Month One Blog Posts: 14834 words


Total Month One Words: 49,484

Writing in Public, Too: Day 29

writinginpublicMore of the same today. No writing, although I did get some brainstorming done. Rough at work, and more issues outside work.

Tomorrow is a day off work though, hoping to get some good numbers in. Will see. :)

Writing in Public,Too: Day 28

writinginpublicJust leaving a quick note today, with a link to a good article. Sometimes, life does explodey things. Kris and Dean call these “life rolls”. Best advice is usually to stop, breathe, acknowledge them, and then prepare to step forward again.

It was not a writing day today. Will try for one tomorrow, but no guarantees.

Here’s the article. A good one.


Writing in Public, Too: Day 27

writinginpublicMostly a day off today. And…I needed one. Long hours this week.

So today was a fun day. Out and about in Boston; dinner out; sailing cruise in Boston harbor. Got some nice pre-planning done for one upcoming fiction. And mostly just relaxed.

More tomorrow. Night all – a good day. :)

Writing in Public, Too: Day 26

writinginpublicOK, now that a couple dozen people got to see me do the tired thing yesterday… Today was better. Actually got lunch today, which was a nice plus! And I put in about 400 words during that break, always good too. I got out of work at 4:30pm. There was more to do, but it was already over an hour past my time to leave, so I left. Sometimes, you have to remember to take care of yourself if you’re going to be any good to anyone else.

So, home by about 5, and then spent a little over an hour hanging with Susan and the kids. Then she left for a meeting, and more time with the kids (offering a confidence boost with their schoolwork, mostly) until I finished making dinner.

It was about 7:30 by the time everyone was fed. Around then, I went upstairs and did a little writing. Did some of the editing catchup on Starship 5, and got in a few pages on a story.


So, the month is coming up toward closure. I still have a bunch of words to type, if I want to make my 60k total. But it’s certainly still doable. I think it’s likely I will try for a similar number next month. One big question is whether I’ll continue the daily blog or not. On the one hand, the blog has been helpful in keeping me focused and motivated. I like having some decent numbers to report. (grin) So maybe it helps me push a little harder. I could sort of do the same thing weekly, except… That lets me put off the writing until late in the week. Which encourages procrastination. Which is The Enemy. So, the daily is better in terms of accountability.

But I don’t want to be annoying folks, either… I mean, nobody has to read this blog if they don’t want to, but I do Facebook about it and Tweet announcing my posts. So I worry a little that some folks might be annoyed with the daily posting counts.

What’s your take? You – sitting there reading this. Would you read another month of Writing in Public, Too? Or are you ready to say goodbye to this style of posting next month?


Totals for Day 23

Daily Fiction Wordcount: 1000 words    Month to date fiction: 34650 words

Daily Blog Post Wordcount: 529 words    Month to date blog posts: 14683 words