Project 10K (P10K) September 2021

October is here, time to report in about our September writing projects.

How was your September? Did you find the time to write, to meet your goals? Tell us all about it.

Here are our standard questions:

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. What are your plans for next month?
  5. Anything else you want to tell us, questions you want to ask?

Here are my answers for September:

  1. I was overwhelmed with work again but made some progress with my project and hit my time-count. Taking time off and having a series of epiphanies seems to have turned out to be a good thing. I have finally found the right pov, I think, and things are starting to fall in place. I had the wrong MC all along. I also participated in the Friday Fictioneers challenge and sometimes in Crimson’s Creative Challenge.
  2. I still struggle, have too much work and am lazy, but I’m at least thinking and outlining again. So yes, when I can push myself into doing something I am having fun.
  3. Yes. Again, it prevented me from giving up alltogether.
  4. I’ve earned my P for project, Yay!
  5. Stay healthy!

How about you?  How did your writing go? Please leave a comment, or a link to your blog if you write about it there. I’d really like to hear about your month. It would make me feel less like only talking to myself.

As always, good luck, and many good ideas for October 2021.

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) September 2021

    1. It’s mainly for establishing a writing habit, for motivating ourselves a bit if we have a writing project we want to pursue. A brief explanation is here: https://ghlearner.wordpress.com/project-10k/ – it’s basically like this: you set yourself a goal for writing, editing or working on the project, either with a word count or a number of hours you think you can spend with the project in a month. Pretty much like NaNoWriMo, but less demanding. The 10K are merely a number I can deal with, it can be less or more, that’s up to you.
      It doesn’t have to be a fiction project, if you have to write a lot of reports or papers at work, you can set yourself a goal for that here, too.
      I found that being too ambitious often blocks me because I have far too much other work. Not being ambitious enough… I didn’t experience that yet. 😉
      As a little incentive I post badges for the previous month which you can take and post on your blog, or not, that’s up to you.
      I’m always happy if people report in and write about how their month went. It’s mostly been Joy Pixley and me in the past. It’s not a must though. I’m also happy if you link to this from your blog – or not, up to you. 😀
      Why haven’t I stopped doing this after many years of mostly talking to myself? Because it actually keeps me writing and blogging. When I was so overwhelmed with work last year (I am an ‘essential worker’) that I couldn’t write at all, I at least had this challenge to blog each month. So the blog wasn’t completely dead.
      For me it also is an incentive to keep me writing. I want to have to report something other than: had no time, taking the F… which I still do often, but not always.
      If you can’t meet your goal, you grab the F badge. Or not. You get the picture. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Dora.
      If anything, it is more a demonstration of me being a very amateurish writer. I’m doing this for fun, not to get published. On this particular project, a science fiction story, I’ve worked for years. I made the mistake and participated at NaNoWriMo with it–not really a mistake since the NaNo is great fun–but I’m not good at writing fast and furious. I just wrote along and in the end I found that I didn’t like what I wrote at all. I was struggling for ages with the pov. One character, many, first person present, past or rather omniscient narrator? Then I had plot holes. Ideas that just wouldn’t fit into the plot. Logical faults, everything, you name it. I still loved the basic premise and my characters. I read far too many writing books (since I have no background in creative writing at all) and got worked up about acts and plot points and percentages. This didn’t make the story better.
      A few months ago, after another blockade, I realized that I didn’t really have a ‘story’ – just fragments of ideas that, added up, even bored myself. So it was back to navel-gazing. And now I think I know where I should go, which of the characters’ pov to use… and things start to fall in place. I’ll have to write an entirely new outline though and rewrite most of what I’ve written in the past. I’m busy. 😀
      There are two more fantasy projects on ice, but for now they remain there.
      By now I wonder if I’ll ever finish one of these ‘books’ in a way that I’m happy with them. If I do, I’ll post them here.
      As for a bit of background, there were a few ideas and backstory posted in the Friday Fictioneers:
      https://ghlearner.wordpress.com/2016/08/25/mission-accomplished-friday-fictioneers-flash-fiction/,
      https://ghlearner.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/overcrowded-friday-fictioneers-flash-fiction/#more-4469,
      https://ghlearner.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/smelling-the-roses-friday-fictioneer-flash-fiction/#more-4146 and
      https://ghlearner.wordpress.com/2016/05/11/into-darkness/

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  1. Wonderful! I took a look at the links and I don’t know how I missed reading them. You have a natural style, Gabi, and an unstoppable imagination. Stick with it until you get a “finished” product. Even though they say no author really finishes. They just have to stop writing/editing. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Dora! These stories are old, most are from around 2016, I don’t think you were around back then. I was imagining the back story back then. These days I’m too undecided to post something from the ‘endless WIP’, LOL.

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      1. Funny thing about sharing snippets from a WIP. Sometimes it inspires me to keep working on finishing it, especially when I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Most of the time it slows me down, brings everything to a crashing halt. That’s my psychological quirk. But you may be one who could benefit from encouraging feedback and you can’t beat FF for that!

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