What I’m writing this week.

This is it, this is my week where things are back to normal. Except of course, yesterday I had my haircut and coloured which took all morning – which if I’m honest, is no hardship, I adore my hairdresser and got to look at her beautiful wedding photos.

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A blurry filter picture to hide the bags and lines. BUT LOOK! BROWN!

Anyway, day one already done and dusted and I achieved nothing. But what’s worrying is I quite enjoyed it, and instead of sitting down in the study this morning I very nearly sat in front of The Good Wife with some bacon. Not good for my word count or my waistline.

But there’s a fab new linky that you can join if you click here. It’s all about your writing targets for the week, and I thought it would be an awesome thing to help kick my bum back in gear. I have no excuses, it’s week two of back to school, I should be FLYING.

*fiddles with spotify*

So what am I writing? What are my targets? Well I guess I should split them out. There’s the boring paid stuff – but you don’t need to know that. So moving swiftly on….

I finished my overview for ‘Book 2’ the other day, but am awaiting feedback from my valued readers who keep me in line. I think my main target for that should be to start chapter one, and continue to tighten the overview. I’m excited, really really excited. But it does feel really strange writing a new person who isn’t Dottie. In fact, she’s nothing like her, so the paranoia is back “oh my god this is rubbish” but I just have to fight on, get the words out, and everything will be ok.

Blog wise, I’m not sure how to intertwine vlogging. This is now as important to me as written blogs. The feedback from the two vlogs on confidence have been amazing, and I have so much more to talk about – so sorry about that, you’re going to have to hear my ugly mug and squeaky voice a bit more (at least with my new haircut I no longer look like Gary Barlow before he got fit).

So I’m going to go in tentatively this week, and set a teeny tiny word count of 5,000 words this week.

After all, look, here’s three-hundred-and-eighty-eight of them done already.


Muddled Manuscript


  1. Maddy@writingbubble

    Sounds like a lot of exciting things are afoot! Glad to hear the post-Dottie book is coming along. I’m sure it’s not rubbish! An overview sounds like the sort of thing I’m desperately lacking with my book – I was a bit too keen and only had the vaguest of plans when I started writing. I’m impressed with the 5000 weekly target and even more impressed that you consider it ‘teeny tiny’ – I’ve just set myself that target for the rest of the month! Thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting oh, and I LOVE the hair!

  2. Sophie Lovett

    I totally get the new character fear… My first novel was swimming around my head for a good few years before I had the time to write it, and I grew very attached to my protagonist, Lili. I still have more plans for her, but in the interim I’m writing something very, very different. Even though I’m now at the editing stage I still feel like I’m getting to know my new protagonist – and I guess that’s the hurdle I’m going to have to get over before I’m ready to release her to the world! Good luck with your 5000 words – I’d way rather be writing than editing…

  3. Carol Cameleon

    Vlogging is something I’d love to maybe meddle with at some point but I feel that I do better with words. Oh and that word count is half of my dissertation when I was at college many moons ago! #WhatImWriting

  4. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    This is a fabulous linky isn’t it? Although, as I’m not writing a book, my targets are more about actually getting round to writing one of the many ideas I have sitting in draft on the blog! It sounds like you have some exciting things going on, look forward to hearing more about them 🙂 #whatimwriting

  5. Chrissie

    You have brown hair! Lookin’ good!
    Get on and write that blooming novel. You’ve got the skillz.
    5k is not a teeny tiny word count btw, but I might hold you to it!
    Thanks for linking up, Mrs. #whatimwriting x

  6. Morgan Prince

    Great hair! I love going to the hairdressers too and this week spent some of the time writing with an actual pen and paper! *gasps*
    Sounds like you have a plan where the writing is concerned. I need one of those. I’m still trying to get myself into gear after the return to routine. It’s tough isn’t it? I don’t think 5,000 words is a teeny tiny target, these days I’m lucky if I get 100 done! And like you said you’ve already done 388. Go you. #whatimwriting

  7. Iona@redpeffer

    Firstly, your hair is looking good 🙂 Secondly, I too enjoy The Good Wife-althoug I haven’t seen an episode for ages due to children, writing, blogging etc.) And Finally, go 388 words and yay to 5000 a week. I daren’t set out targets too specific because I’d be immediately inconsolable when I fail to meet them. I prefer the ‘wow, I wrote 300 today’ approach-which never happens every day 🙂

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