Word Count Weekly

Word Count Weekly #3

I’m happy with my progress this week. I’ve hit my target of 400 words per day unlike last week. As you can tell, mid-week was busy for me, so my word count dropped, but I’ve picked up once again. Just one more week of the summer holidays and I will have a little more time to spend on my writing.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing this week.  My narrative is at a crucial cross-roads and it’s a lot of fun to see which route my characters are choosing. Only time will tell, but I have a good feeling.

  • Monday- 2220 words
  • Tuesday- 501 words
  • Wednesday- 448 words
  • Thursday- 428 words
  • Friday- 540 words
  • Saturday- 751 words
  • Sunday- 614 words

Excerpt from my work in progress:

“Who, Silvain? Who needs what? Stop being so damn cryptic. Tell me now or I’ll read you- everything you’ve ever thought, every embarrassing moment.” I sound so cruel, so heartless, but I’m on my last nerve. Adam is probably doing his nut back at the surgery.

“My wife, Vera. She needs to meet you, to know you are as real as the sunrise. She is EVO with an ability for precognition, but has lost her grasp on reality, and had to be institutionalised seven years ago. The future speaks to her, but I think it got too loud. My poor Vera. Imagine it, Teddie. Imagine knowing what lies ahead; the good, the bad, and the ugly. She knows it all, but cannot change it.”

Book One: EVO Nation

All excerpts are the works of K.J.Chapman

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A Week In My Shoes

The holidays are much more exciting than school runs and word counts, so I decided to share a glimpse of my life over the course of seven days.

My weekly word count posts are now to become my Sunday feature posts, hence why there is not a single mention of my writing in this post. This is all family fun, and my real life.


Today was a family day. The sun came out for us… eventually. We went to Porthleven (Cornwall) to visit family, and took Sophie rock pooling and crabbing. We only caught a shell… but we had fun all the same.

My daughter’s new favourite thing is ‘Pom Pom Wars’. It all started when we were crafting, and she chucked a pom pom at me. Two hundred pom poms later, we were in hysterics, and my house was covered. She requested another pom pom wars game on Monday, and we obliged. I would recommend this game for little kids and big kids. You heard it here first!


We had our Notice of Marriage appointment at 11.30, and got to look around the wedding venue after. The registrar even put music on, so my daughter could get the feel for walking down the aisle as a bridesmaid. It is all so exciting- eeekkk!

Tuesday was an exciting day in more ways than one. We added two new faces to our little family. Meet Juno and Lavender, our dwarf hamsters-

These miniature sweethearts have a love hate relationship. They sleep entwined with each other, enjoy each other’s company, and then push each other down the tunnels, and the vertical pipes. Definitely siblings!

Date night was on Tuesday this week. We’re saving money for our wedding, so we stayed in, put Sophie to bed, and watched Insurgent. I was, of course, in batman pyjamas.


Wednesday was another family day. We went to my Nana’s house for tea like we do every Wednesday during the school holidays. It was cloudy, but humid, so we decided to get productive, well, semi-productive. We painted my Nana’s garden furniture, and then realised we used the wrong outside paint…<deep breath>


Cornwall woke up to rain on Thursday, but that didn’t stop us. A soggy outing to our local boating lake kept Sophie entertained for the morning. I think the ducks and swans liked our choice of bread. It was like a scene from ‘The Birds’ at one point.

The afternoon was quiet and lazy as the weather steadily got worse. We watched films, played Lego, and got crafty to pass the day away.


Today was mine and Mr O’s fourteen year anniversary. We decided on a trip to Roskillys, Cornwall. It’s a beautiful farm with free petting facilities, a restaurant, homemade Cornish ice cream, bee hives, nature walks, and much more. We spent the whole morning there and spent no more than £6.80! Roskillys is nestled in the Cornish countryside, and is a must- see for visitors to Cornwall.

Friday’s are our library days. Sophie was especially excited this week because she has finished another two books as part of the Summer Reading Challenge. She was particularly happy with this week’s stickers for her wall chart. Only another two books (two weeks) and she’ll have completed this years challenge.

I just have to share a photo of my anniversary treats from Mr O. Check out my new mug. He knows me too well… and of course, there is a massive bar of Galaxy to dip in the tea I shall fill my new mug with. Proper job, Mr O.


Sophie has been desperate to help with the wedding plans, and I gave her her first official bridesmaid duty today. What’s more important than the wedding fund? It definitely deserves a pretty pot of its own. I think she did a brilliant job.

Today we saw family members who have travelled to Cornwall from Kent for a weeks holiday. Of course, the conversation was all about weddings! Fingers crossed that the weather plays ball for them.


Dump day! Not in the bowel movement sense, but in the refuse and recycling centre sense. We have been waiting for ages to clear our garage, and Sunday was the day. I’m not one for waste, but our centre has fantastic recycling facilities… <Happy K.J>

Sophie got to pick the activity for Sunday, and she settled on scooting through the National Trust estate – Penrose.  The weather remained dry for us, and I think everyone had the same idea. There were lots of children on bikes and scooters, lots of dogs, and Sophie even saw an enormous beetle. It was a morning well spent.

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Word Count Weekly

Word Count Weekly #1

Last week ended on a writing downer. In my post, Summer Holidays Writing Hell,  I summed up the struggle I was experiencing in trying to balance family life and my writing goals during the holidays.

Then, fellow blogger, and summer holiday writing hell sufferer, Claire over at Art and Soul, suggested that we both agree to a schedule, a contract if you will. We agreed to a 400 words per day (2800 per week) schedule to get out of our writing slump.

400 words may not seem much, but it is an achievable goal for the holidays that I could, on occasion, surpass. That, in itself, will give me a sense of accomplishment, and knowing I will be letting Claire down if I don’t stick to our agreed schedule is another, much needed, kick up the backside.

So, how did I fare in my first week of the schedule? 5606 words; 2806 words over target. Needless to say, I am on a writing high this week.

Break down:

  • Monday- 1071 words
  • Tuesday- 899 words
  • Wednesday- 531 words
  • Thursday- 651 words
  • Friday- 1303 words
  • Saturday- 574 words
  • Sunday- 576 words

Excerpt from my writing this week:

“Don’t you dare try to justify yourself. That can’t be undone. If you point a gun in my sister’s face, you better have a spine to go with it.”

“She is not your sister! You need protecting from her. You all need protecting from the pair of them. We will all die, and these two-” She thrusts a hand into my chest, shoving me backwards into Jude, “These two will be stood on top of our bones.”

(Certain character names have been omitted- no spoilers here.)

I don’t expect every week to be as fruitful as this one, but I will be happy as long as I achieve my 400 words per day. Only time will tell. A four year old, no school for another three weeks, housework, wedding planning, and having to appreciate the sunshine when we have it, will be testing, but I’m up for it.

Book One in the EVO Nation Series: EVO Nation

All excerpts are the works of K.J.Chapman

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Summer Holidays Writing Hell

This summer has been absolute hell as far as my writing goes. Since my daughter has been off school, I haven’t laid down more than 3000 words, and most of them are a load of rubbish. I get a little panicky when I think about how far behind I find myself.

So far, the summer holidays have been great. We’ve had trips to our local theme park, visited family, park trips, and nature walks/ rides through the National Trust estate I mentioned in my previous post: The Beauty of Home. We also have a LOT more planned.


This has resulted in my writing falling seriously behind. I should ensure I write in the evenings once my daughter is in bed, but I’m either exhausted, or my other half has a night off work and I want to spend time with him. I won’t forfeit time with my family, and even more so since my other half has precious holiday time from work, but I also don’t want to forfeit my writing time. This is my summer holiday writing hell!

There are still four weeks left of the summer holidays, and I need to take action:

  1. Draw up a writing schedule.
  2. Stick to the schedule.

I’m not greedy, I don’t need to be rocking out tens of thousands of words, just more than I have been, and I think a schedule is the way forward. Once I have designed a suitable schedule, I’ll shall create a blog post to let you know how I get on with it.

Do you have your own writing hell experiences? How did you deal with it? I’m interested in all solutions… Seriously, TELL ME!

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My Five Writing Distractions

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I won’t even attempt to lie, I am easily distracted. When I write I sometimes have a lot going on around me, but such is life. I manage pretty well, and perhaps the chaos around me reflects the writing chaos rumbling around in my mind.

I will now divulge my five biggest distractions:

1. Social Media

Social media is my major downfall. I tell myself that I will quickly check my Facebook or Twitter, and an hour of so later I’m still checking.

2. Reading

Is reading really a distraction? I enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing, so even though I don’t see it as a distraction per se, reading does take me away from my writing… but in a good way.

3. My Favourite TV Series

Again, another good distraction. My other half and I enjoy getting involved in a good TV series. Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, True Detective, and so on. At the moment we’re watching Black Sail starring Toby Stephens, and we are loving it. Seeing as it is the school holidays, the evenings are the only time I get to concentrate on my writing, and yes, watching TV eats into that time, but who cares? All work and no play makes KJ a dull girl.

4. Housework

I’m a stay at home parent, so I take on the majority of chores in our home. My other half works anti-social hours, and we’ve found a routine that works. However, I detest housework with a passion that burns with the intensity of a million suns. I’d much rather be writing than cleaning toilets.

5. Daydreaming

Daydreaming is a distraction that I think most writers suffer from. The up side of my daydreaming is that I’m usually figuring out plot holes, or running over dialogue, so not all my time goes to waste.

There you have it – my five distractions. Now, I’m going to crack on with some writing… or social media.