Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thursday's With Helen: Accountability with my Writing

Welcome to my new segment! Yeah okay, the title is not particularly original (yes, I stole the concept from Tuesday's With Jess).  But I haven't had time to think of anything else.  I'm open to suggestions :D

Back in March, I joined Seekerville's Speedbo.  And I was more than pleased with my result.  Over the moon in fact.  I set a goal of writing 20 000.  Bear in mind at this point, my WIP was sitting at 18 000 words, which I'd done over the course of several months.  And yet I dared to dream that I could at least double that in the space of 31 days.

I did it.  I really did it.  And you know what really helped? The fact that I had set the goal, made it public and hence made myself accountable to someone other than myself.

So what's happened since March? A heck of a lot.  Oh, you mean writing wise? Next to nothing.

April was insanely busy for me, and I had set that month aside to get on top of all these other things that needed attending to.  Unfortunately, April's busy-ness spilled into May, to the point where it's only been the last few days that I've actually added to my word count.

I couldn't really help all the things that happened in April and May.  But now that I've made it through, I'm ready to knuckle down in the writing department again.  And I'm letting you know what I'm intending to achieve so you can cheer me on.

My current word count is at 42780.  My goal is to reach 60k by the end of June.  This works out at a bit over 500 words per day.  That's doable.  And I'm hoping some days I can hit 1000 to make up for those occasional 0 word days that I know are bound to happen (I do have 2 kids aged three and under).

I'm going to let you know my progress each week on Thursday's with Helen.

Now, what is it I'm writing? Well ... that's a story for another Thursday ... :)


Helen's favourite genre is historical fiction with a strong romantic element.  She also enjoys contemporary romance, chick-lit and YA.  She's not caught up in the spell of fantasy fiction, despite The Faraway Tree series being a strong influence in her childhood.

Helen is currently working on her first book, a Christian young adult novel set between two opposite but equally fascinating places in Australia.

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