August writing goals

There’s an uneasy feeling at home in my stomach as I write this, call it nerves or excitement. I’ve always wanted to be a author, so why does making a very conscious effort to do that very thing feel so scary? I’m thinking it has something to do with you guys. Never before have I taken my stories to an audience like this, never before have I had a methods of accountability. Maybe the realisation that I can be an author is a tad overwhelming for me, I guess I never expected it to happen.

Yet here we are, no one is making my fingers press these keys.

As mentioned in my last post, I’m bring my blog back to its core themes faith, recovery and writing. If you’re reading this, then you’ve made it just in time for me to kick-start something cool for you guys and terrifying for me.

Monthly writing goals.

Yup, I am writing a book and you guys are joining me for the ride.

How this is going to work is quite simple.

At the start of the month I will set myself a series of goals all based on my book. I’m thinking 3  minimum is a good number, but that is completely flexible. I will them openly publish those goals to my blog you guys to see.

So far that doesn’t sound too bad does it?

The real challenge for me is that along side writing these goals every month, I’m also going to honestly review the previous months goals. That means if I don’t do them you guys will all judge me (isn’t that fun?).

So understandably there isn’t any review this month as this is my first goal setting post. But I think I will review my writing progress in general so you all know where I’m at.

August Goals 2018

  1. Finish the chapter I’m writing– I’m currently stuck on the first chapter of the book. I have written more than one chapter (I can feel your judgments through my screen), but I like to write ideally in chronological order, and to do this I need to finish chapter 1.
  2. Name my MC (main character)- You read that correct my protagonist doesn’t have a name yet or a gender. In all of my writing I simply have refered to them as MC. I plan to go back when I have a fitting identity for them and amend it. The main reason I haven’t pinned them down to an identity yet is because I’m unsure of a particular plot point. However, the first few chapters don’t revolve around this plot point yet, I saw no reason for my productivity to be held up so I carried on writing without my MC being set in stone.
  3. Have 2 writing sprints– I am not a constant writer at all. I am easily distracted by YouTube and my Nintendo Switch. However, I can write in sprints. For those of you who don’t know a writing sprint is where you plonk yourself down infront of your laptop and write for a set period of time. You write as much as you can, no editing, no looking back. You just write. I am going to do two this month, one that is 15 minuets long and one that is 30. This is more so I can work out what time works best and how long I need to spend editing afterwards.

So those are my goals for this month. I am really looking forward to how this accountability thing works out. As mentioned before, this is my first month so I have no goals to review this time. But as I said, I’m going to give you a brief insight on where I am in the writing process.

Progress so far…

I’ve set out to write a Novella (a book with under 40,000 words in it). The main reason I’ve choses such a small word count is because I just want to get my first draft done. I’ve outlined my book and found that I only had about 10 chapters worth of ideas. Instead of trying to add random words in, to make up a healthy word count, I’ve decided to just run with it for now with the intentions of expanding the plot once I’d finished. However, as I’ve been writing I’ve found that I’m getting more ideas and more plot points. All of this will help me take off the cap of 40,000 words and go the full way.

I’ve loosely got themes, laws, society and a general feel for the world I’ll be writing about. I’ve decided to write what I like to read and go down the fantasy route as secretly (don’t tell anyone) I love fantasy books. The story isn’t set in our world, but there are a few inspirations from English history I’ve nabbed. Not to mention, the people in the world don’t have technology as such, but science exists alongside magic. All in all, I’m creating a new world with a few home comforts and familiaritys.

So that’s all for today guys.

If you’re a writer yourself, please do say Hi. It’s been harder than I thought to connect with other writers in the community.

I hope you’re looking forward to next month where I’ll be reviewing these goals. I’m going to try extra hard to start as I mean to carry on and do all three targets. If you’d like to keep up to date and follow my writing journey make sure you subscribe.

Happy writing all.

I’m back, and just in time

Well guys, I never been happier to be behind my laptop. It’s been a few weeks since my last post hasn’t it?

I’ve officially joined the adult world and having been working these past few weeks, it’s  been exhausting to say the least. I love my job, but working the extra days has really took me out of the picture, but I’m so grateful to come straight out of education and into a steady job. I’ve been coming home and just relaxing, too tired to write or do much else. But I feel that as I’m getting into the swing of things and getting myself used to the hours, I can start writing again.

The few weeks off has really been good for both me and this blog. I have a lot of exiting things planed and a better outlook.

But before I get onto that, one exciting date passed for this blog, its first year anniversary. Yes, Lost In The Story has been around for a whole year! How exciting is that? I never expected to grow a following and last this long on such a highly saturated platform. I’m truly thankful for all of you, my readers. I’ve learned so much about myself through this blog and continue to grow.

Thank you.

So more about these plans I have… Continue reading “I’m back, and just in time”

My favorites of 2018… so far

Due to my lack of ability to stay organised, I usually miss out on seasonal posts. At the start of the year I don’t talk about my favorite things of the previous year like most bloggers, mainly because I’m so stuffed full of Christmas dinner and New years party food that I can’t roll off the sofa let alone make my brain work enough to write a post. I’m also not a big buyer, so I don’t have enough new things to do a monthly favorites post either.

However, its half way through the year, I’m not a human turkey and I’ve accumulated enough things in these past six months that I really like. So I’ve spent the day confusing my family by taking photos of random objects and I’m bundling it all into a post for you guys.

Don’t worry, none of things things are sponsored (non of the companies who made these things even know I exist) so all of things bellow I honestly like and would recommend to my family and friend simply because they’re awesome. So here are my top 5 things of 2018…so far. Continue reading “My favorites of 2018… so far”

Healing through poetry

I think poetry is the Marmite of the writing world. People seem to either love it or hate it, there is no in-between.

I love poetry, it’s basically written art in my eyes. Buuttttttt I’m pretty terrible at it.

I’ve written it since I discovered what it was. Admittedly, my GSCE english assessment kinda dampened my glow for it. Apparently you can only be told that you’re not good at it so many times before you start to belive it.

However, last year I picked it up again and it’s done wonders for me. Continue reading “Healing through poetry”

Bullet Journal pages that I can’t do without

Life can get a little hectic right?

It doesn’t matter if you’re at college, university, work or just live a busy lifestyle. All of us can feel a tad overwhelmed at point. Or if you’re like me and you’re attempting to do a million things at once, well… you can feel like you’re drowning on a good day.

We’re only human, so it’s next to impossible to remember ever date, meeting and task. So a lot of us turn to planners to try to make sence of everything.

But a normal planer never did it for me.

I’m not sure if it was just too restrictive, inflexible or just too boring to want to use. I simply didn’t get a long with them. However, I needed something to get everything on paper.

Then I discovered bullet journaling. Continue reading “Bullet Journal pages that I can’t do without”

A bookish review- Braving the wilderness by Brené Brown

If there’s one thing that writing this post has taught me, it’s that I need to seriously up my photography game. I can not do a good flat lay for toffee. If you can do them then you’re not human. No human can do that.

Sadly though, it would be snowing here in the UK. I can’t get outside to take photos without getting my book sodden. So a white sheet and some pretty badges will have to do.

But moving on… Continue reading “A bookish review- Braving the wilderness by Brené Brown”