Writing Journal 10.20.2021: Good week overall

Not going to muck around too much on this. I seem to be having good results getting these writing journals out on Wednesdays after writing them a bit ahead of time. I’m also glad that, even though these journal posts are a big part of this blog, they haven’t been the only thing I have been posting in recent months, unlike some times in this blog’s short history.

I have to admit that this week’s totals might be slightly juiced by the fact that I participated in the Iowa Writers’ Corner’s fall writing retreat on Saturday. It was the first time I ever got to be a part of such an event and I loved every second of it. I am very much looking forward to when we do it again sometime next spring.

I managed to get quite of bit of revisions on a long-stalled project, so that juiced the numbers. I wound up revising and planning for 210 minutes last week. Remember, since my daily writing goal is either 500 words or 30 minutes of revisions/planning, that 210 minutes is the equivalent of 3,500 words a week. If I either write for 500 words every day or revise/plan for 30 minutes every day, that comes out to 3,500 words or 210 minutes. So, I had a good week – not a perfect week where I met my quota every day, but close enough to it after a couple months of lackluster numbers that I am quite happy with what I see.

Some other good news is that I managed to sort out my PayPal account, so that might be another tool I might get into down the line. I’m also looking more research into ConvertKit and I’m really leaning toward using that to set up an email list. Of course, if I’m to set up such an email list, I’m going to have to give people some reasons to sign up for that list… and that will be a new experience.

In addition, the more I look into this, the more I’m leaning toward trying to do more on my own rather than find an agent or publisher. I’m tired of just waiting and hoping someone will take a chance on me – I just want to start creating and see if some readers will take a chance on me for once. If there has been one thing that writing fan fiction has taught me, is that the feedback I’ve received lets me know that there are people who do like my writing. I want to not just create those stories, but go out and take them for a ride.

Anyway, here’s the numbers. Keep safe, everyone.

Writing statistics for the week ending 10.16.2021:
+2,619 words written.
Days writing: 3 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 6 of 7 for 210 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 6 of 7 days.

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