I want to start my post today by saying goodbye. This week a friend of mine passed away. Keith Milstead was an author at a publishing house I used to be involved with. Things did not end well between me and that agency, but Keith was always a friendly face. He and I had a great many conversations about writing, and autism, something we had in common in our lives. He proved to be a great help for me on that front. I was shocked by how long it was since we last spoke. Keith, sleep soft my friend. You will be missed by a great many.

A Good Start Scuppered by Injury

I started this week with all the intentions of pushing close to the 60,000 word mark for the month. However, Tuesday morning, while trying to be healthy and doing some yoga first thing in the morning, my back decided to revolt. The rest of the week was spent in agony and it is only today that I have been able to sit (since Wednesday) and write anything that qualifies as words.

I did manage to finish two new guest posts that are lined up for February, which I am really excited about.

It was annoying, but it will teach me. I’m getting old, as much as I don’t want to admit it, and after years and bad posture, and canning it in the gym, I need to start doing things properly and that includes beginner phases for things.

Enough with the excuses, what did you actually get done?

Well, my current word total for January, as of the time of this post is: 55,143.

I am unbelievably happy with this, and it means I am still averaging 2,205.72 words per day. If I can really keep this going, I will achieve some great things this year.

writing 6I am splitting most of my fiction writing time between two different novels. The second of which started as a short story last week. I want to write a new post next week about how this story just grew from nothing.

As I didn’t write anything Thursday or Friday, and only a few hundred words yesterday, I am not going to say anything over the lower total this week. I am just happy that the pain in my back is starting to fade and I can get back to real writing and working out (sensibly) again.

What are the plans for the week ahead?

Providing I don’t re-damage myself, this week is going to be focused on the two novels I am currently working on, but I have also got a plan in my head for another erotica short story. I kind of like writing the erotic stuff. It is a nice change of pace, and oddly enough seems to come quite naturally to me.

I really want to his the big milestones on both novels, which for me is the 20k mark. If I can hit twenty thousand words and still have enough story to tell, I know it will be a novel and not a drawn out short story.

Having two vastly different novels on the go at once is very nice because it means I can keep switching from one to the other whenever I find myself running short on words, or inspiration.

I have a little bit of freelance work in for the week also, and a couple of blog posts I need to write so that should also keep the words flowing.

What are your plans for the coming week? How did you do this week just gone?

Thanks for reading,

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