Project 10K (P10K) January 2018


You’ll find the rules and some of the earlier badges on the Project 10K Page.

I can’t believe January’s already gone… I hope you all started into the new year with good ideas and fresh enthusiasm. Onwards to the same procedure as every month…

Do you need a little incentive for writing more regularly? Then this project is for you.

1. Did you meet your writing/editing goals?
2. Did you have fun writing?
3. Did the P10K help with motivation?
4. Anything else you want to tell us?

5. We’ve answered the same questions again and again. If you would like to have different questions, or more questions, please tell me.

Here are my answers:

  1. An F again. I had the vague hope that I’d be able to take part in the Friday Fictioneers challenge, at least twice a month, but I kept staring at the pictures and nothing, absolutely nothing came. My brain must have a leak somewhere. Ideas flutter here and there, but before I can catch one, it’s gone. I’ll be staring at pictures some more during February… there’s always hope. I did enroll for auditing two coursera courses for creative writing, The Craft of Plot and The Craft of Setting and Description. When you’re auditing, you can’t participate in the assignments, so no peer reviews for me and no reviewing of other work from me. I did complete the first assignment, wrote about 350 words, but it is bad. I love the courses, but they demoralize me. I’ll talk more about them in another post.
  2. I enjoy the writing courses, these are the first courses on creative writing I took. The writing itself is like pulling teeth.
  3. It was nagging at me, but not compelling enough to make me write anything of substance.
  4. Not really.

My goals for February are:

Since I seem to have a medium to severe case of writers’ block, I won’t plan for too much. If the muse comes back, I’ll run back to the Fictioneers, whom I miss. At least I’ll aim for making one blog post per week, talking about the two coursera courses in the creative writing specialization I’m auditing.

And how did your writing go? Please leave a comment, or link to your blog if you write about it there. I’d really like to hear about your month.

And, as always, good luck, and many good ideas  for February.

If you see this for the first time and this challenge interests you: Everyone is welcome, hop right in.

9 thoughts on “Project 10K (P10K) January 2018

  1. There you are, Gabriele! I’ve missed You!
    At least you tried… So A for attempting. I’ll look up this challenge. Who knows? I’ve been writing more and want to go further so maybe…
    Nice to “see” You!

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    1. Heee, Dale, what a lovely surprise. 🙂 It’d be great if the challenge could help you keep track of writing.
      I missed you too, and the whole Friday Fictioneers crowd. I occasionally hop over to your blog and see that things seem to go really great for you. That makes me glad.
      I’ll be back eventually. Often I stand in my own way.

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      1. Glad it is (a lovely surprise 😉 ). I will definitely look into that challenge. I need regular boots in the butt to keep going.
        I know what you mean about getting in our own way… I’m guilty, too!

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  2. I agree — what happened to January? It started so strong for me and then PHLOOMPH. All the distractions and procrastinations took over. Ah well, one month at a time, that’s the best any of us can do. I’m sorry to hear your creative brain has sprung a leak, that must be super frustrating. I’ve been suffering from the next problem down that logical line: lots of ideas, but by the time they formulate into something useful, I’m out of time and they don’t get written down. If the flash fiction challenges only involved writing, I might be able to swing it, but I can’t seem to find the time for the writing and also the reading and commenting and replying. I’m not suffering from writer’s block so much as poor time management, I think. Although I do find it hard to switch gears and write on command when I do find short bits of free time.

    I’m also sorry to hear you find the online writing courses demoralizing; that doesn’t sound like it’s helping. I’d definitely be interested to hear more about your experiences and reactions. I have only dabbled a bit in online courses, and am still trying to figure out how to get them to work for me.

    Okay enough blabbing, onto my answers:

    1) Yes, and no. My goal for Jan was to participate in at least one flash fiction challenge a week, finish revising a (far too long) short story and send it off for critique, and reassess my past short story submissions and send the rejected ones out again. I did do four flash fiction pieces, so that’s good. I did a LOT of revising on that short story — a major rehaul — but it’s still not done. I got over 2K into a new short story that of course seems much more interesting than this pesky one that needs revising. And I did diddly squat on submissions. However, I did reach my 10K goal — just barely — so I’m taking the badge!

    2) Yes, mostly. Some of those revisions were painful, but I feel like I’m coming around the bend.

    3) Yes, the P10K was VERY motivating this month! I usually do most of my writing on the weekends, but I updated my word count spreadsheet Sunday night and was still short. So the P10K really encouraged me to do more writing in the mornings and evenings, trying to get to 10K by yesterday. Then I saw your post (it was Feb 1 for you, but not yet for me) and saw how beautiful the badges are this month, and I was extra motivated for that last push last night, hooray!

    4) My goals for next month are basically the same as for this month, which is going to be even trickier, because I’m “losing” a 4-day weekend to a writers’ conference. Plus I have to write/revise at least two good pieces to bring there for critiques. But I’m sure it will be inspiring, as always!

    Hope to see you at Friday Fictioneers again soon, Gabi!

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    1. I hear you on the time management. That’s something I struggle with, too.
      Apart from that, your month sounds great. Congrats! I’m glad the challenge was motivating you. All the badges this year will have a vintage background, so hopefully there’s more motivation. 😉 (I made them already)

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      1. Ooh, I like the sound of this year’s badges — can’t wait to see the rest of them!

        And of course, here I am online because I carved out plenty of time today to write and I am instead.. poorly managing my time by reading the entire internet. 😦 Now that I’ve admitted it, I have no choice but to sign off and get back to writing. 🙂

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  3. I hope your muse returns in February. I’ve had trouble with the Friday Fictioneer prompts of late. Sometimes pictures just don’t do it for me.
    And I’ve been late posting each month in the P10K challenge… but I’m getting there. Actually, I’ve just realised I need to be a little more specific and set myself some numerical/ word count goals for this month.
    As for your block. here’s a recent article the might help you climb out of it 🙂
    Looking forward to the posts on your Cousera experiences.

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    1. I’m so horribly behind with my replies, even apologizing seems odd at this point.
      Thank you for your comment and link, Sarah Ann. I’m staring at the FF prompts and nothing comes to mind. But never mind, I’m confident that it’ll be back. What an interesting link. I’m drinking lots of coffee, maybe I should switch to tea. 🙂

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