August turned into a month where writing kind of went out of the window. I did write a lot of words but fell short of the 20,000 by so few I’m not even going to say how many!

I did stay consistent with blogging, including opening up about my battle with how I loo. You can red it here:

I did stay pretty consistent with writing. I only had five days where I didn’t write at all, which I’m pleased about. I did take a few self-care days towards the end of the month. If you do read my blog you’ll know I’ve been a lot more open about my mental health recently and practicing self-care is a big part of that.

With regards to writing the high point was selling a short story to an upcoming anthology. I’ll share details when I can. But needless to say this was a massive boost for me. I wasn’t expecting the story to sell. I know the editor at this publisher likes my work but I wasn’t confident in it, which is a great lesson not to judge your own work too harshly. Yes, be self-critical but there’s only so far we can take a story before sending it out into the world.

Going into September I’m looking to get a couple of short stories done while trying to figure out what I’m going to do with the Mermaid story. I’m at a pint where I’m not sure what direction to take it. I did lots of brainstorming for this story but I’ve realised most of it was world building and if I don’t have a story then there’s not a lot of point having so much of the world built.

I am looking to edit a couple of pieces I have notes for, and a couple of partly completed stories that I was writing and stopped for one reason or another.

Again, I’m aiming for 20,000 words this month. I know I can hit it. For someone who has won NaNoWriMo multiple times, 20k is a walk in the park.

I do have a lot on my plate at the moment, so if a writing target goes out the window then I’m not going to be too hard on myself.