Mridu Khullar Relph is a multiple award-winning freelance writer and journalist who divides her time between New Delhi, India and London, UK. She has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America, and writes for The New York TimesTIME, CNN, ABC News (Australia), The IndependentGlobal Post,, Ms., and the Christian Science Monitor, among others.

Word Count Update and a New Book

Shut Up & WriteIs that a new book, you ask.

Why yes, it is.

Turns out, when you start writing 1,000 words a day consistently, projects come off the backburner and actually get done. Who would have thought?

I got the novel finished and done. It’s now “out there” trying desperately to see if it can find someone who will love it.

Then I finished this. It’s a book I started last year, but shoved aside for a variety of reasons, money being one of them.

I’m still in the process of editing, so we’re a bit away from publication still, but I’m very excited about how much I’ve been able to get done since I announced that I was going to make word count my goals measure and not income.

Do you want to hear how’ve I’ve done so far in the two weeks of November?

Here goes…

32,500/247,000 words in books
3/52 freelancing assignments/essays
4/52 newsletter editorials for The International Freelancer
6/156 pitches

I haven’t made any progress on the following:

0/52 blog posts for The International Freelancer
0/52 guest blog posts
0/180,000 words in e-courses

This is mostly because TIF blog posts are scheduled until the end of the year, so I’m going to sit down at some point and write out a few for the next year all in one go. Since there’s no urgency on this, I used the time I had to work on finishing the book “Shut Up and Write.” I think this was a wise decision because now I have a finished product ready to go and I feel the thrill of completion.

Guest blog posts are also in a sort of similar vein, though given that there’s never going to be an urgency on those, I might have to schedule some time in the coming weeks for them. That said, this is unpaid work and while it’s great for building my audience (which is absolutely essential if I want to grow my business), it still does come after everything else. So I haven’t gotten to it in the last two weeks.

Finally, e-courses. Now that the book is done, this is the next on my list. I intend to finish one before January and it’s my next big project. I’ve launched it to readers this week, in fact. The goal is to write 2,000 words a day on that and I’ll be writing it, as I do with all my courses, as the first session students take it so I can include their feedback and suggestions as we go. This can be absolutely crazymaking, but it’s also a really good exercise in dedication, commitment, and well, getting shit done.

So that’s what I’ve been up to in the last two weeks.

(And yes, even I can’t believe how much I got done. I can almost assure you that not all weeks will be like this.)

Setting Yearly Goals… in November

The last entry on this blog is called “2015: The Year That Will Be” and it lays out, in much detail, my goals for the year.

The year is not over yet, but I have to admit, I abandoned those goals a long time ago. It’s not that I won’t hit them—I will probably hit most of them, including the financial goals—I just found at some point during the year, that I was measuring the success of my year by things that were largely out of my control.