Day 23 of the 30 day writing project, on which I decide to stop fooling myself and take a break over the festive season and enjoy the New Zealand summer sunshine.
Some of you may have seen this coming. For the last week my writing progress on my children’s e-book dwindled from a splashing waterfall to a dripping tap. The excuses flowed better than the writing, Christmas, my self-published memoir, summer heat in NZ, a whole raft of legitimate – to me anyway – reasons for not working on my chosen project.
Yes, I was warned. My 30 day project had all the stamps of failure before I even started, but I disagree. The time is right to be sensible and put the project on hold, but this doesn’t deem it a failure. Quite the opposite. I chose to write 12,000 words of a children’s e-book in 30 days. I believed this achievable. I still do, just not in the month of December. I’ve written about 6000 words and the rest of the story outline is in place. I’ve come to love Janie and Fluff, but their story deserves more time and energy than I am prepared to give right now.
I started writing the book when I thought I had time to spare. I hadn’t counted on the time needed for the publishing stage of my 1950s school memoir, West End the Best End. My mistake was to start on the new project too soon.
I had already decided to try my luck working on and improving some of my work, in order to venture into the e-book publishing scene. This is still my intention and one of my writing goals for 2013. Janie and Fluff’s story will be completed and submitted when I have more time to devote to them. And, for followers of my 30 day project so far, yes, of course the story has a happy ending, all kids books do, don’t they?
So, for now, on Day 23, the project is on hold, but not abandoned. When I begin moving the story forward again, I’ll be sure to let you know.Meanwhile, I’ll continue writing daily, here and on other sites, as random ideas pop into my head. Janie and Fluff can sort out their respective problems quietly over the Christmas break and show me the way to reaching both their goals when I return. I also need to attend to the final edit of my memoir before the book goes to the printer late January.
Thank you for taking an interest in my writing project so far. The support and encouragement kept me going and is really appreciated. The story will be finished as soon as I feel I can do it justice. Postponement is better than abandonment.
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