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HIM update for January 22 on the 26th and much debate about crowdfunding options

Quick explainer: For those of you who don’t know yet, I am writing my second book HIM and have staggered my word count goals this time. If you support me on Patreon you get to read the first draft. If you don’t you just get this update on whether I hit my goals or not each week.

Word count goals this week: 2,000
Actual word count this week: 0
Total word count so far: 2,007
Total word count goal at this point: 6,000

How long did it take me? Not long. I didn’t do anything.

Here is the timetable of targets to reach: 


Jan 8 – 2,000 words      Feb 12 – 15,000           Mar 18 – 40,000
Jan 15 – 4,000                  Feb 19 – 20,000           Mar 25 – 45,000
Jan 22 – 6,000                  Feb 26 – 25,000           Apr 1 – 50,000
Jan 29 – 8,000                  Mar 4 – 30,000             Apr 8 – 55,000
Feb 5 – 10,000                 Mar 11 – 35,000          Apr 15 – 60,000

What have I learnt?

  1. Nothing related to writing. More things related to depression and my mood and what triggers things.

What distracted me?

  1. I got really emotional and upset over something mid-week which rendered me kind of unable to do anything. I found it difficult to focus on things and I was rather worried and wound up.
  2. Prior to the mid-week incident I was just, as usual, tired. I didn’t even get this blog post done on the Friday. I am looking forward to this being my last week of working here in Sri Lanka just on the whole “I won’t be too tired to write my book” front of things.
  3. I am also reconsidering Patreon as a platform. Yes, you heard it here first. The issue with my Patreon is that I do want to let those who are interested participate in the whole process of my creative practice – then I get to learn from you, and you from me and all of that nice stuff. And so I can put stuff up on Patreon. Behind a gated community. That subscribers of the blog have to then sign up again to which seems daft. Another option was Kickstarter which about fifty people I know are already plugged into which would make raising funds easier and quicker but raising funds aren’t just the issue. Patreon supports your practice of creating work, Kickstarter is set up so that you kind of do need things like a publisher in place before you even start because the rewards are usually things like advance copies. But if you are like me, writing with no publisher and no contract yet, you can’t promise advance copies just draft versions and so on. And far as I am aware Kickstarter isn’t for something long term and ongoing. Ideally, I would plug you all into Patreon straight away – you would all be able to use the donation system on Patreon without needing to set up new accounts and one of you even emailed me asking if you could donate via PayPal. Thank you by the way.And the point of all of this is that I get to show you what I write, build a community or group of you that hopefully do also talk to me and maybe, maybe get some money together to help pay my freelance editor a decent rate. So if no one is reading, or joining in, and so far I have maybe $51 after three weeks, I am not sure it constitutes as working as I want it to. But maybe it’s too soon to tell, let me know in the comments.
    What do you think? Would you prefer that I just put up a Paypal button and put up the drafts as I write them in posts that only subscribers can see on the blog itself rather than using a separate platform? That way you don’t pay each time, you pay IF you want, WHEN you want and HOW much you want via Paypal, no new sign ins or sign ups required.
    Or would you prefer two separate mailing lists? One for the regular blog posts, one additional list with the drafts and updates IF you want to be on it and support me?
  4. Am I upset about not writing last week? A bit yes. But I can still (hopefully in between work) write this week. I am looking forward to rejoining #thesisfriday on the 5th of February and on hopefully being able to have a more productive useful stable schedule from the 8th onwards (I can hear Murphy’s Law lurking around the corner as I type).

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Marisa is a globetrotting freelance writer, journalist and editor with cat for hire (her, not the cat). She is usually based in Melbourne but is currently flouncing around in Perth for a week for the Inaugural 2018 KSP - Varuna Foundation Fellowship. She will be at Melbourne's Continuum and online running a Writers' Bloc course in the coming weeks.

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