Writing Journal 1.12.2022: Sticking to my writing goals… for now

These posts are getting a bit repetitive… but it’s interesting now that I have a target.

For the past few years, I have kept to daily writing goals. I have often fell short of them, but sometimes matched or exceeded them. Before now, however, I didn’t really have a target total that I wanted to reach. Since I have all this data from the past few years, I felt more comfortable shooting for a yearly total, and it is a total that I have communicated with my writing group Iowa Writers Corner.

These will be my goals for this year:

200,000 words in a year

Meeting my daily quota at least 70 percent of the time (an average of about five out of every seven days in a week)


That will wind up being about 3,850 words per week – slightly over a “quota” week of 3,500. However, I think it is attainable, and I want to challenge myself. As a result, I’m going to add some additional points to the weekly totals to show where I’m at and do the countdown on a running basis.

Obviously, the question is “How do we know that you’re not just making up the numbers?” Reader, you really don’t know that, it is true. I will say, however, that if I wanted to make up numbers, they would be a lot more impressive than some of them I have posted over the past four-plus years on this site. Just look up the category “Journal” on this blog and take a look for yourself.

Anyway, as always, here are the numbers – with some of the format alterations I mentioned. Enjoy and I’ll eventually write something more than journal posts soon.

Writing statistics for the week ending 1.8.2022:
+3,881 words written.
Days writing: 5 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 1 of 7 for 30 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 5 of 7 days.
Yearly totals:
GOAL: 200,000
Weekly average (Approx): 3,850
Monthly average (Approx): 16,667
So far: 3,881
Percentage of daily quota to meet: 70 percent

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