Writing Journal 3.2.2022: Sucky last week but February was better than January

Get ready for Number City today.

This week was not the best writing week I ever had… but it was not disastrous, and what runners might call the “split” numbers for the year so far make me both feel like I improved over a sucky January and might be on pace to meet that 200,000-word goal for the year, and things are looking very nice for me to meet my daily writing goals at least 70 percent of the time.

Usually, I leave the stats toward the end, but they kind of build on each other, so best to tackle them right away. First, last week’s numbers.

Writing statistics for the week ending 2.26.2022:
+3,869 words written.
Days writing: 6 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 0 of 7 for 0 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 5 of 7 days.

Again, not the most impressive weekly stats I ever had, but they are not a disaster. And when you compare January’s numbers with February’s, I see a big increase.

Monthly Statistics, 2022:
January:
Words: 13,954
Revise/Plan: 165
Daily Writing Goals Met: 68%
February:
Words: 16,770
Revise/Plan: 90
Daily Writing Goals Met: 86%

So, nearly a 3,000-word jump from last month, a little lower on time revising/planning, and a big jump in the amount of times I’m making quota. What does that mean for my goals?

Word Count

I’ve already written 30,724 words for the year 2022 so far, leaving 169,276 words left toward my goal. If I would divide those words evenly over the remaining 10-month period, I would have to average about 16,928 words per month.

That is not far off my February pace… and I am going into March, which is a longer month by about one week than the last two. So, I am feeling confident that I can get a good run going in March and manage to put myself well on pace to getting that goal met.

Daily Goals Met

This is looking even better. I am meeting my daily writing goals 77 percent of the time, well above the 70 percent I was shooting for. A few more months like February and I’ll have that goal pretty much locked up.

Well, I actually put out a non-writing journal blog post last week, so that was a positive. I’ll try and put out another one later this week.

Try to stay safe, everyone – it’s not that easy to do sometimes. But give it a shot. Until later.

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