Slacking off…oh no.

Hit up for all your oh no needs.

I have been slack.

Getting home tired, headaches, mild illnesses, fear of alien abduction,…I’ve got all the excuses in the world, but really…SLACK.

So I just did a quick mathening.

I started writing on the 29th of November. This means I have had 47 writing days (remember I write 5 days out of 7).

I should have at least 47 x 350 or…*mathening intensifies*…16,450.

*Looks at last post*

Only…15,200. Damn.

So what does this mean?

I give up.



Obviously I’m not being serious here. What it means is I’ve got a shortfall of 1,250 or 4 days. What it means is I need to do some real catch up.

What it means is I need to be *less slack* and do my damn writing.

So when I start writing tonight I’m going to get my 350 words (to maintain ground), and then try to do some more to catch up. Not so much that I’m hating the process, but some. And I’ll try the same thing again the next night, and the night after that, until I am all caught up.

And then…?

Let’s see.

I figure I can’t be the only person who struggles with keeping a schedule like this. Let me know if you’ve got any good tips for keeping on the ball and keeping the motivation up – I could use some!



Published by: wildbilbo

My name is Kristian Thoroughgood, alternately known as KT to my friends, or @WildBilbo on twitter. As of August 2015, I am forty years old. Australian. My blog is intended to be both a place for me to polish my creative writing muscles (not a double entendre) and for others to read and comment on my musings. Expect short stories, articles, essays and other brain dumps. My opinions are my own, and whilst I take care to be at least moderately informed about any topic I speak or write about, these opinions are subject to rapid change in the face of passionate arguments and greater evidence. Please note - on my blog, Evidence beats Passion.

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12 thoughts on “Slacking off…oh no.”

  1. Hmmm….*imagines pitch*

    Me; “It’s like A Beautiful Mind, but with zombies….”
    Sony pictures: “I don’t know…”
    Me: “…and its animated.”
    Sony pictures: “Here is a billion dollars.”

    This can be done.


      1. An easy goal? I thought writing a daily haiku Mon-Fri was manageable. It turns out I was wrong. 😦
        Must set other, more difficult goals and get ready to miss those too. 🙂

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      2. Ha 😄

        Haikus are not easy
        Polished rhymes require effort and focus
        Last lines are tough too

        Seriously though- haikus are careful crafted, polished bits of writing. My Novel is belted out with little to no artistry, because I’m just getting the story down. The ‘art’ will come later.


      3. I’m not sure my haikus are polished or carefully crafted but I take your point. Polishing a novel comes later after all the words are down, and then many are erased, reordered, changed etc

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  2. Wish I had a few magic words to help you get back in the groove, but I don’t. I struggle with this myself and the thing I’ve tried to do is listen to my body and mind. Stress whether it’s a cold or pressure to “write,” will shut me down faster than anything. Sometimes, I think we put too much on ourselves. Relax and the words will come. @sheilamgood at Cow Pasture Chronicles


    1. Thanks Sheila – I think everyone struggles to be creative when things are stressful, and it’s one hell of a stressful time right now.

      I’ll keep trying to get my 350 words, and keep chipping away at my shortfall, and…see where it goes! I’m starting to hit a spot in the book where I’m not sure how I get to the next stage, so I might belt out a few scenes by just documenting the planning I do. It’s all words in the end!


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