Progress Report: One Million Words, January 2016

It’s been a busy month in January. I got a second part-time job and I have booked a table at this year’s Christmas fair to sell crocheted gifts and decorations, so I’ve had a lot to be getting on with besides writing. Still, I’ve kept with it and written every day.

I’ve written 22,881 words in January, for an average of 738 words per day.

My current total is 135,225/1,000,000, or 13.5%.


At the start of this month I continued working on the Coronation Cloak story that I began in December, but I’m still not happy with it. The ending feels like it falls flat and I can’t quite decide who should be the main character. I’ll return to it at some point, but for now it’s been set aside. I think part of the problem is that it feels like a prologue, and I hate that.

Towards the middle of the month I wrote a few short stories based on prompts in /r/writingprompts, two of which I linked in my last post.

I also dabbled for a couple of days with Horrible Monster. I keep coming back to this story. I know there’s something in it, but I need a few days without other distractions to get to work on it properly, and with two jobs and household chores that’s not really on the cards for a while. Maybe next time I get two days together when I’m not working I’ll fit it in.

Since then, though, I’ve been back with Kell. I wrote an alternative-storyline version, one where her personality was a bit different. Then I wrote a scene from her past for a few days. Now I’m back with rewriting the first chapter of Kell’s Adventures. I’m not sure I’ve quite got it right this time either, but I feel it’s closer to what I want from it. When I finish the first chapter – and that might not take many more days – I think I’ll put it aside, work on something else for a while, then edit it, and only after I’ve got it into shape start working on the second chapter.

Plans for February

  • Finish chapter 1 of Kell’s Adventures, and after a short break go back and edit it into shape
  • Work out where Kell’s Adventures will go after chapter 3.
  • Take a few days to plot out Horrible Monster, work out what I want, and sort out some of the key characters and the setting.
  • I’ll have a few days or a week between when I finish Kell’s Adventures chapter 1 and when I have a couple of days to work on Horrible Monster, so in between I will set a theme and write a new story every day on that theme.

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