Diary of a freelance writer: 16 November 2016

I seem to be getting the hang of this working and ticking things off lark. I can only put this current surge down to NaNoWriMo and the discipline it’s giving me. I’m writing on usual days off, and I’m forcing myself to write my day’s quota at the end of the day if I haven’t already done it. This is all good, and long may it continue.

This morning I spent a few minutes updating my diary for the next few weeks, as I have plenty of work in to fill the “client” slots. I’ve filled in the “NaNoWriMo” slots to the end of the month, and replaced them with “writing work” from 1 December. I also have a slot in on 1 December for “new month admin”. Three times a week from 1 December I have “study work”, and twice a week I have “job-search work” – I do like to keep on top of this because you never know when a client might suddenly pull the rug out from beneath your feet.

The biggest thing I changed, for me, is “daily competitions” to “housework” and “weekly clicks-to-win” have simply been removed, with the usual week’s admin chores re-jigged slightly. Yes, yes, yes, I know I removed the “housework” sections before. But it still has to be done and if I don’t allocate time to it, it creeps into my work time. So, as I’ve not won anything for a while, and as I’ve never won a thing on the clicks-to-win, housework has been moved back to those daily slots, and the admin has been spread out a little more evenly.

Wednesday 9 November 2016
Wednesday was day 9 of NaNoWriMo. Have you been watching my little Writertopia man? Did you keep an eye on the word-count meters at all? I wrote 1,737 words for NaNo, I wrote 493 words for a blog post, and I added 818 words to Diary of a Scaredy Cat. I didn’t do any editing because the book I was waiting for hadn’t arrived yet. This is why I was able to spend extra time on Scaredy Cat.

Thursday 10 November 2016
On Thursday, I wrote 1,061 words for NaNoWriMo before the second power-cut of the week. We’d already had a massive power-cut on Tuesday evening, so this second one wasn’t such a surprise. When the lights started to flicker, however, I finished what I was doing, backed everything up and switched off.

I did a short proofreading job, and at teatime, after a quick omelette for an early tea, we went and did the weekly shopping. When we got back, we discovered that the third power-cut of the week had indeed occurred. We’d timed it perfectly.

Friday 11 November 2016
On Friday, I wrote 746 words for a blog post, and I wrote 1,686 words for NaNoWriMo. The job I was expecting to start on Wednesday still hadn’t arrived. So I read for a few hours today. I think I deserved that with all of the NaNoWriMo work I’ve been doing.

Long weekend
On Saturday, before anything else, I wrote 1,671 words for NaNoWriMo. In the afternoon we went to Leeds for the Christmas market and got there just in time for the lights to look nice in the darkness. We had about an hour-and-a-half there.

On Sunday, we drove down to Birmingham to accompany my dad for a minor medical procedure, as he needed someone to be on hand for the next 24 hours. We had a busy day, but when he went to bed early, I hauled out my notebook computer and I wrote 1,700 words for NaNoWriMo.

On Monday, we came home. We did some shopping for Dad and went to visit Mom as he didn’t feel able and, anyway, we were there and we wanted to see her. Then we came home via Doncaster and a quick visit to the mother-in-law. When we got back I got my notebook computer out again but the battery was almost flat. So I had to put it on charge. My work was on a memory stick, but if I’m working on days off or during the evening, I like to work on the notebook on my lap in the lounge. So once there was enough charge, I wrote 1,703 words for NaNoWriMo and felt very pleased with myself. *smug grin*

The work I expected last week finally arrived, but it was too late for me to do anything with by the time we got home.

Tuesday 15 November 2016
Yesterday was pretty much when I decided not to do the daily competitions anymore, or the weekly clicks-to-win. I was partway through them when I just thought, sod it!, and stopped. I then went on to write 1,737 words for NaNoWriMo, and I started a small editing job that came in ahead of the one that was expected last week – they don’t want it back for a fortnight, so as they were late coming in, I’m sneaking in a shorty in between.

Homework w/c 16 November 2016
It’s still NaNoWriMo until 30 November, so that’s pretty much what I’ll be doing every day. We may go to the York Christmas market on Saturday, and we may fit in either a gig or the pictures. But apart from that, the weekend is clear. (Hurrah!)

  • Client-wise, I have this shorty job to complete today, the late one to do as soon as I get around to it, and then another book to start after that one.
  • Writing-wise, I have the 2nd draft of a short story I’d like to complete, but it’s a long one.
  • Book-wise, I’d like to add a few more words to Diary of a Scaredy Cat.

What are you up to this week? How does your diary look? Could yours benefit from any slight re-jigging too? With a new year looming, it might be worth thinking about this now.


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