If there might be one thing that you might come to realize in reading through this blog, it might be that there have been times where I have not written or pursued fiction. In fact, there have been a lot of times where I’ve gone years without putting down a single word of fiction, despite wanting to be a novelist ever since my teens.
When it comes down to it, I would blame much of those times on distractions, both print and electronic, procrastination, and the fact that I never saw fiction writing as a main income, even as a kid. I always was writing something, but when it came to journalism or teaching, much of that writing energy was sucked into the nonfiction work I was doing.
During the past three years, however, I have found myself taking steps to dramatically improve my writing output. One of those has been keeping a writing journal, detailing how many words I had written, revised, or cut during a particular day. Doing that always made me feel that I was keeping myself accountable for what I wrote, even on days when I didn’t write anything. (On those days, I indicated the amount of writing I did with simply “zip.”)
Now, however, I’ve taken a couple of months off of my fiction writing after finishing the last round of editing to my current project. To get back into the swing of things, I have decided that every week, I will be publishing my weekly output here, as a way of being publicly accountable as well as personally accountable.
This journal will only cover the past three days. As always, this will cover any fiction writing that I do – none of my blog writing or other work will be counted in these numbers.
Journal for 7/6-8/2017:
832 words written, 500 words cut, word difference of +332; 1,000 words reviewed (American 9). Current manuscript: 20,351 words.
Days worked: 3 of 3.
These journal posts will typically be among my shorter ones on the blog, with them including the numbers for the week and any brief thoughts I had about what I produced. Hopefully the numbers and rate will continue to climb. Future posts will include everything I did for the past week’s work.
Hope you’re getting some good work done, as well.