12 books in 12 months (probably not going to happen)

I’ve injured myself.

Too much time hunched over a laptop in bed, and not enough time sitting with correct posture at my desk. My neck hurts, my back hurts, my shoulders hurt. I have a torn rotator cuff shoulder muscle (although that’s from carrying my three-year old and catching her when she jumps off the table).

A few weeks ago I posted that I was writing novellas and had planned on getting out one of these each month. The first two published just fine. But then I changed my mind about length and I’m a quarter way into a novel for my October book.

I figured I’d write 15,000 a week so that after four weeks I’d have a 60,000 word novel.


15,000 words is not going to happen. I need to rest my body.

I can manage 10,000 though, so the October novel will still make deadline. But that means I’m only writing two days a week instead of five. And it will take me five or six weeks (or more?) to write a novel instead of four.

Which means my goal of 12 in 12 is looking less and less likely unless I go back to short stories or novellas. Which I don’t want to do.

So be it. It is what it is. It’s my own fault for slumping and hunching.

Let this be a lesson to you. Look after yourself while you sit at your computer.

Tracey :)

P.S. Here’s some neck exercises to stay limber. Go do some now.


  1. says

    Get better soon Tracey, a torn rotator cuff is a bugger to heal. Look into broom stretches behind the back and lying side raises with a light dumbbell. It is how I rehabbed mine. I couldn’t even pick my Kindle up it was so bad before I started the rehab.

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