New Year, New Goals?

Happy New Year!

However you celebrated, I hope you had a good one. I spent it on the sofa, watching movies, eating food and then watching the London fireworks on TV – it was absolute bliss.

Today I’m not planning on doing much except enjoying my last day of holiday freedom… which means I really need to be doing some writing! I had planned on using my ten days off work to relax, recharge and get some much needed words in, but then I came down with a horrible bug on the 26th and spent three days in a haze of sleep. So no words for me.

As much as part of me wants to punish myself for not writing, I’ve realised that I really needed the break – especially because of how stressful the end of 2018 turned out to be, and now I feel a lot of more rested and ready to let the words flow.

So for January, and 2019 as a whole, I’ve reset my goals and adjusted them based on what I’ve learnt over the past few months. When I started on my current project, I was sure that 3 months would be plenty of time to turn out a 70-80K first draft. But I hadn’t counted on life stress, illness, fatigue and writer’s block. I’m still learning what works for me, and what doesn’t. So while 1,000 words a day is peanuts for some folk, for me it’s a realistic goal that some days will be easy and some days will be hard.

I’ve also learned to give myself days off – especially if I’m tired, because otherwise I stare at a flickering cursor for two hours and then wonder if throwing my laptop out the window will make me feel better.

It’s all about balance – like yesterday, when I wrote nearly 600 words and ate half a chocolate orange!

So, with all this in mind – I’m aiming for 15-20K this January. About 5,000 words a week. And I’ve written this goal in my new unicorn themed journal/planner/attempt-to-get-my-shit-together notebook so it’s official now.

As for other New Year Writing Goals?
Well I’m going to stick with a simple one: be kind to myself.
I’m terrible at comparing myself to other writers, or berating myself for not getting things done perfect first time, or writing fast enough. I need to remember to celebrate my achievements – like hitting the halfway point, or even starting at all, and take things in my stride.

Now, I just have to do it!

The First One

They always say beginnings are the hardest thing to write – and given that it’s taken me two days to write this, I’d say that it’s true.

So, without further ado…

Hi! I’m Charlie – I’m a romance author who writes gay erotic stories with a little angst, heaps of fluff, plenty of yummy sexy times and a happily ever after. So far, I’ve written mostly fanfiction (which is published on AO3) but I’m diving off the deep end and starting some original fiction of my own.

I’ll be trying to keep a blog about writing and my own exploits, plus bringing you news, updates and teasers from my upcoming work.

I’m so excited to get started! Now I’ve just got to finish the damn book…