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Look At Me Go

What a difference this week is to last week. I’m positively flying through my goals this week. Lets look at them, and how I’m doing:

Exercise (weekly goal): 1x visit gym, walk 11km. 

To Wednesday: I’ve not been to the gym, but I went running yesterday – that’s just as good for me, especially as I did really well – ran 12 1/2 minutes in total (run/walk/run/walk), which is 2 minutes more than last time. It’s not great, but considering it’s only the second time I’ve been running in about 6 months, I’m well happy with it. So far I’ve walked just under 8km. Not bad going for day 3/7.

Writing: Write 100 Mon-Wed and Fri-Sun, Write 1,000 words Thu for One Thousand Thursday.

To Wednesday: I wrote 354 words on Monday and 167 words yesterday. I’ve not written today, but I will, even though I’m going out in a minute, I will. 

Blogging: 2x Check-ins for ROW80, 1x book review blog, 1 other blog.

To Wednesday: This is my first check in, I posted my review of Marian Keyes’ The Mystery of Mercy Close yesterday (highly recommend it, I loved it), and I posted my ‘other’ blog on Monday – having been to an SJ Watson and Rachel Joyce event

Totally Rocking my goals so far (and yes, Rocking did have to be capitalised, I’m Rocking them!). 

Tomorrow is One Thousand Thursday, my ‘invention’ (or whatever) to push myself (and hopefully you) to get a lot of words in the week. So far I’ve done really well, but with a slip up last week, of only 300+. This week I have to get back on it. I can’t encourage people to take part if I’m not doing it myself.

Plus, I’m at a good part in the novel. I’ve decided to carry on with where I’m going. I was telling my friend about it at the weekend, and I realised that the problem with it, isn’t really a problem. I think I was making it a problem, maybe as an excuse, but it can work this way. Definitely.

So there’s me. Lets hope I’m doing as well, and am as positive on Sunday when I next check-in for ROW80.

I’m doing well, how about you reader? Are you taking part in ROW80? If so how’s it going for you? If you’re not, what are you up to? I’d love to hear from you dear reader, know who you are and what you’re doing.

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(Technically) Sunday Catch Up

My clock says 0:14, therefore it’s Sunday, therefore I’m going to do ‘today’s’ write up, and ROW80 catch up now. Why not, will leave one less this for me to procrastinate with tomorrow.

Writing since my last blog on Wednesday hasn’t been good. Actually, Thursday was GREAT. I completed One Thousand Thursday AGAIN, for the third week in a row. Woop. That’s 3,000 words in 3 weeks, just on Thursdays, so if I include everything else (and the words going over the 1k. I must have done loads. I should say well done here too to Em, Lauren and A.Writer for getting their 1,000 too – or 1,000 plus for Lauren and Em who were in the final days of Camp NaNo and had a few thousand to do each – per day!

Friday I didn’t write. I had a boring day at work, where I had loads to do, but couldn’t be bothered to do any, so I messed about. I didn’t even write. Disappointing. Friday night I went to Ilana Fox’s new book launch with my ROW80 buddy, and real life friend Laura – there’s an excuse for not writing if there was ever one. I’ll write-up a blog early next week about the party – it was great fun. I now have a copy of her newest novel All That Glitters (which comes out on 13th September), which I can’t wait to read (Spotlight – her first novel – was brilliant. I hadn’t expected to like it, but I truly loved it).

Obvioulsy getting home late (and slightly drunk if I’m honest) wasn’t very condusive to writing. I say that, but I was slightly drunk on Thursday and did about 1,250 words. God, I sounds like a drunk. I’m not. I’ve just had a busy few days. Just to prove it, I’m sober now – and it’s Saturday night! No, Sunday morning! 🙂

I got home last night with the idea of cutting the last 10k words of the novel The Man of My Dreams, to try to get back on track. It may not be that much, it may not be that few. I was raring to go, but thought I should wait until today.

Today came along and I realised I can’t remember where the story was going to go before I messed it up. I can’t remember the point at which it started going wrong.

Ah, that’s a problem.

So new idea time. Before I wrote the novel I wrote the novel, I wrote scenes out on post it-notes (planning you might say!), which I then stuck on my bedroom mirror. As I wrote a scene I threw the post-it away. I think I need to go back and find out what happened. I need to rewrite those post-it note and find what happened, to help me to find what went wrong and how I can fix it. That’s the new plan.

As I’ve written this, I’ve had a revelation. I don’t think I threw them away. I think I stuck them in a notebook. Awesome. Now, if I could just find which of my 3 million note books it was.

Ok, lets move on to my goals for next week.

Currently I have 100 words a day as my goal. I’m usually writing a lot more, but telling myself I only have to write 100 motivates me. It’s my test mile. I test out 100 and if they work out, I carry on. If they don’t, it’s only 100, it won’t take long, I won’t have lost anything. My ‘test mile.’* The only exception is Thursday, where I’d like to write, no, I’m GOING to write 1,000 words. So – 1,600 by this time next week. I don’t want to look at it like that though – 100 a day. That seems better, and more doable.

I’m going to add a couple more goals too – blogging and exercise.

For exercise, I want to get back into the gym. This week I’m going to go once. It’s not a lot, but if I set myself a small goal this week then I think it will be doable, and I’ll do it. I’ll build up to going more! I also want to start walking from the tube to work, not getting th bus as I have been the last few weeks. So, I need to walk 6km this week – that’s that journey 3 days. On of the other days I’ll be going to the gym, and the fifth, the last part of the goal, I will walk home. It talks about an hour, but that’s fine. As long as the weather is ok, I really don’t mind. It’s just easier to get the tube. And quicker.

The final goal – blogging. I’m doing well with ROW80 check-ins on Wednesdays and Sundays, but I want to up my blogging. 3 times this week – including the check-ins. Oh, and I should do a book review too. I’m so behind on the for my reading challenges!

Hope everyone’s week has gone well (let me know if they have/haven’t), and good luck with your goals for next week!

 

*I used this strategy to get myself running today – 1st time all summer. I said I’d go out for 10 minutes, but I managed 20. Excellent!

Wednesday’s Words

I’m writing this while watching the Paralympic Opening ceremony, so please ignore the bad spelling/grammar/everything. It’s funny to think that it’s happening at the Olympic stadium, which is less than 3 miles from my house where I’m sat now. Makes me really proud to be British. Again. Was massively proud during the Olympics, and so happy we’ve now it’s the Paralympics too. Yay.

So, back to writing then.

If you missed my post yesterday (apologies if you didn’t), I didn’t do anything over the weekend. I hurt my back on Friday somehow and couldn’t walk or do much over the weekend. I pretty much spent the weekend in bed. Good for reading (Loving Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close that I’m reading at the moment), but bad for writing.

Yesterday I was determined to come back. I did, I wrote 580 words. Awesome. Even better, all 580 were on my novel. Woop. That’s around 1,600 words in a week – regardless of missing out on the weekend. I’m loving this scene. I don’t want to think about what will happen when this scene ends. Lets hope I get so into the novel again that it carries on.

The writing streak will carry on tomorrow, because, tomorrow is One Thousand Thursday. Not heard about One Thousand Thursday? It’s my new invention, where you have to write 1,000 on Thursday. How brilliant. Well I think so anyway. If I succeed tomorrow that will be 3 weeks in a row. I’m really proud of myself for that. Do you want to join me tomorrow? Let me know and I’ll cheer you on on Twitter (using #OneThouThur) or on your blog.

Right, I’ll get back to the opening ceremony, and of course some writing.

Trying to Get ‘Back’ On It.

I do make myself laugh – that title is brilliant. ‘Back’ on it. Know why it’s so funny? The reason I NEED to get back down to it, is that I’ve done nothing over the weekend, due to a bad back.

I’ve never had back problems, both my boyfriend and Mum do, so I’ve always had sympathy for them, but never experienced it myself (except for a continued trapped nerve in the bottom of my back that manifests as pain in my hip and knee – go figure!). Now I wish I still hadn’t.

On Friday, I woke up, after quite a heavy night drinking I must admit, and my back hurt a little. No idea why (possibly drunken incident, not sure). By the time I left work that evening, I was in agony. Saturday morning was quite bad, but lying in bed most of the day pretty much fixed it, until late Saturday night, at a party I think I turned funny, and the pain came shooting back. Sunday, I couldn’t walk, or move even. yesterday was a little better, and today it just aches, no shooting pains or anything. Just ache, which isn’t great, but I’ll take that over the pain I had over the weekend.

Needless to say, I got no writing, or blogging done over the weekend. Pretty much the only position that was comfortable was lying down – pretty hard to type like that.

The only positive is that I got a lot of reading done. I’m reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer for my reading group – it’s brilliant, really enjoying it.

Today is a new day though. I’m back at work after the long weekend (what great timing to get ill!), and raring to go again.

Especially since last Thursday, for One Thousand Thursday I wrote over 1,000 words, on my novel The Man of My Dreams. Woop!

Because I have this theory that I need to read it back before I can carry on writing it, someone suggested I should just write random stuff in character – not necessarily for the novel, but just using the characters, so I stay in their minds etc. I started, but then realised that it would make a great scene in the novel.

Yes, I’m brilliant I know.

And with that revelation (huhm), I’ll get on with some work so I can leave on time tonight to go home and do some more writing – woop!

Midweek Catch Up

I’m pleased to say this week is going well, just like last week did. Granted I haven’t written today, so I am only counting Monday and Tuesday, but I plan to write today, so that counts. In fact I’m not moving off this sofa until I’ve written 200 words. 150 is my goal, so 200 would be good. This week has gone so far:

Monday – 402

Tuesday – 236

Now considering – a) my goal is 150 per day, and b) I went out for dinner both nights and drank half a bottle of wine each night, that’s pretty good. I’m very happy with it. Tonight, I’ve been at home for dinner, and not drank anything, but still haven’t managed any words yet, go figure!

Although writing is my only goal, I’m doing well on the other things that should be goals. I’m checking in pretty regularly – definitely Sunday and today, and I think last Wednesday too. I’m also catching up on some well overdue book reviews for all my reading challenges this year (Mystery & Suspense, TBR Pile and Chick Lit). And I’m exercising.

The exercising I’m doing is only walking, but I’m doing quite a bit of it. Yesterday I took the long way to the tube home from dinner and on Monday I walked to the restaurant from my office which was quite a way. I’ve got out of the habit of walking from the tube to work in the morning, because I’ve been too late this week and have needed to get the bus, but I’d like to get back into that habit. There’s nothing like burning 100 calories on the way to work to set you up for a new day.

In completely off topic news, I had an interview today. Really long story, but half my job is going to disappear in the next few months, and my department don’t have any work to fill in that time – 1.5 days a week. Our sister department have a full-time job which I interviewed today. The interview went well, but the guy who would be my boss if I got it said he’d be worried that I’d be bored for the first few months if I got/took it. Work will pick up, but not for a while.

When I first heard this, my heart sank a bit. My boyfriend and a really good mate of mine have just started jobs where they’re quite bored, and it’s killing both of them, and zapping their energy and confidence and everything. I originally thought I didn’t want that. Then I thought back to my year and half working for a reception company, which had the potential to be really boring.

How did I stop that? Writing and blogging. Hmmmm. So, I could write and blog during the down time in the job. Could. It’s something I need to think about – it wouldn’t help my career, but it would help writing, and it would only be for a few months. But, I’m not sure what I could say to the potential boss. My second interview for the job will be with my previous role’s boss’ boss, who interviewed me for that role, and knows all about my writing. So… Maybe I could tell him… Hmmm. Like I said, I need to think about it.

I’ll do that later. Right now I need to go write.

Hope everyone’s week is going well, and all you UK-ers are getting ready for the long weekend – woop! (no idea if other countries have a bank holiday this weekend??)

Oh, one final note. Last week I invented One Thousand Thursday, where I have to write 1,000 words. Last week a couple of people joined in, which was great. I’m going to do it again tomorrow… so if you’re up for it, leave me a comment below and I’ll visit you via twitter or your blog to encourge you along. Oh, and let me know on here when you get to 1,000 words. Good luck!

ROW80 Check-in – A Good One

Oh this has been a good week, a great week. In fact, I think I’d go as far as saying this has been the best writing week I’ve had this year.

Laura and I are still doing our tag challenge. Checking in with someone daily is really good, and really helps. It really did on Friday when I really didn’t want to write, but Laura was there pushing me through. Thanks Laura.

Woop! Lets look at my stats:

Monday – 217

Tuesday – 545

Wednesday – 250

Thursday – 1123 (One Thousand Thursday)

Friday – 172

Saturday – 332

Sunday (Today) – 284

How great is that, not only have I written every day, but most days (all but one) I’ve written well over my goal of 150 words.

This is where normally I’d up my daily word goal, but a I’m doing so well, I think I’m going to leave it low. I don’t want anything to stop this run, and maybe the pressure of having to write more might make me. Hopefully not,  but I’m not willing to risk it.

I haven’t put exercise as my goal this round, but I’m doing really well on that at the moment too. Because the weather’s been nice and dry (until now when it’s pouring with rain!) I’ve been walking some or most or all of the way home from work. It’s a 70 minute walk, but when the weather is nice, it’s fun to do. I do love London. I’m going to keep that up, who needs to push themselves to the gym when they can walk home and enjoy it?

Also this week I’ve been properly dieting. I’ve lost 4lb from last week. I know that’s a lot, but I ate A LOT at the wedding last week, so would have lot a pound or two just eating normally again. Still, this is the lowest weight I’ve been for months. I’m dieting with my mum too – I seem to be better doing things with help don’t I. At the end of every day we have to text each other with how many calories we’ve eaten and burnt (in additional to normal exercise) that day. I’m doing well. Wednesday and yesterday weren’t great (they weren’t diet number of calories, but at the same time, they weren’t put back on weight number of calories), but as I’ve been so good the rest of the week, and lost weight, I’m not bothered.

Plus there’s that thing I read a while ago, about how your body goes into starvation mode after a few days, so to diet effectively you should start-stop-start. Dunno how true it is, but it worked this week. My mum always does that, dieting Monday – Friday, then eating whatever (not going mad though) at weekends. That’s not my goal for next week (although I might read up on this to see if it does work or if it was just 1 person’s idea to sell a book?!), but if I have a day I have to go over 1,200 calories, then so be it. I just won’t go mad.

 

One Thousand Thursday – The Challenge Begins

Late last night, as I wrote my ROW80 check-in blog, I came up with the idea of One Thousand Thursday. It’s quite easy really, One thousand words written on Thursday. As soon as I had it, I realised how brilliant it is, and that I need to start doing it every week. You know how I love a challenge.

So tonight, I’m attempting to write 1,000 words. It’s not easy: I left work later than I planned to; Then I walked most of the way home; Then I had dinner; Then, once I turned on the laptop, I had to surf Facebook, Twitter, blogs, everything, anything.

Then of course, I had to decide what to write. I’m not writing my novel now, I’m going to read it to decide what direction to take it, so I had to find something else. I remembered Fiction Friday that I used to love (I love writing from prompts, in fact, I can pretty much only write from prompts – except novels, they’re always my ideas), until it stopped. I saw a while ago the ex-owners of Fiction Friday have a new home, Write Anything, and a new prompt type thing, Prompted, so I went there.

I cheated. I looked at a few prompts and decided I couldn’t get anything from them, so moved on. Maybe not cheating, but in my eyes it’s cheating! I shouldn’t have done it, I should have written from the first one I saw.

I got to like the fourth or fifth, and found one I liked: He tied the towel around his neck, a makeshift superhero cape and pulled a pair of red underpants over his jeans. How awesome is that. Especially because I imagine it to be a 5-year-old kid, but actually when I wrote, I made it a 30 odd year old man. Brilliant.

I got to 400 and realised 1,000 words is a lot, I was struggling, but I pushed through. Then, before I knew it, I was at 557. Then I made the mistake of stopping. Tweeting, chatting to my boyfriend, and writing this. I wanted to go to bed at 11pm, but I’ve got another 443 words to write, and it’s 3 miuntes to. And, now this to edit. Ah. Maybe I’ll go to bed by 12.

I’ll update when I finish, because I KNOW I’ll finish. I can’t fail at my own challenge can I?

Do you like the idea of One Thousand Thursday (#OneThouThur on Twitter)? Wanna join in? (if you’ve got time ‘today’ that is – obviously no Aussies, or British can apply) I’m going to have it again next week – that will keep pushing me to write won’t it – so if you want to join in let me know. I’ll give you a push on your blog or twitter…

Oh on a last note, if this blog was the fiction I have to write today, I would have hit 1,000 about 20 words ago. Sigh.

*Add on Alert*

I did it, in fact, once I got back into it, I really did it. I’m the proud owner of 1123 words today. WOOP!

Massive well done too goes out to Laura Parish and Mike Paulson for getting over One Thousand today too! Go us!