Well, here we are at the end of the first week of this Round of Words in 80 Days. I have to say I’m pretty pleased with how my writing has gone. Neither university or choir has started back for the year, so writing was the only goal I had to concentrate on. I completed my two hours of writing, though it was mostly on Thursday and Friday nights, rather than Tuesday and Friday – I confess I was a bit procrastinate-y early in the week. I decided I need to qualify my “for an hour a week”, since I spent a lot of time staring at a blank page. Therefore I have stipulated for myself that I need to write at least 500 words in my hour. On the other end of the spectrum, if I reach 1000 words before my hour is up, I may call it a day, though I can by all means keep going if I’m on a roll. Over the week I probably wrote about 2500 words on a couple of different projects.
I did come to a conclusion, though. You may remember in my last post I mentioned that one of the stories I wanted to work on was one I started when I was seventeen. Upon actually opening up this story, I realised that even though I could probably still maintain the voice of the main character, the fact of the matter is that it is a very seventeen-year-old story, and at this point I don’t think I’m really interested in the characters enough to really revisit them and try to improve them. The first version of the story is complete, so I don’t feel like I’m abandoning it while its still unfinished.
Incidentally, something I forgot to mention in previous so far posts this year: while I was home on Christmas holidays, I came across a folder containing, amongst other things, two half-finished stories I had written, one when I was about eleven and the other when I was thirteen. At first, I didn’t think I was going to be able to bring myself to read them, but I did. It is nice to have confirmation that I have definitely improved as a writer in the last ten years. For the age I was, I suppose they weren’t too bad, though.
I’m also really excited that along with my original writing, I have been inspired to write some fan fiction again. The last time I posted any was this time last year, when I was still freaking out about the Sherlock series 2 finale (I tend to get rather emotionally invested in the lives of fictional characters sometimes). For the rest of the year, I didn’t spend much time in fandom at all, which makes me feel a bit sad. Of all the things to get me back in the fandom groove, it was the new Disney movie, “Wreck It Ralph”, which I have seen twice in this past week because I adored it. As they say on Tumblr, I have a lot of ~feelings about this movie.
Anyhoo, that’s my report for this week. You can find other ROW80 posts here. See you next week!