Writing Journal 2 November 2022: A dry patch kind of week, but the words are still adding up

I haven’t had such a slow writing period for a while, not exactly like this for a while.

I have to say I’m not really sure about why that is. There is plenty of stuff that I can be writing, and I did produce some good stuff this week, including a decent review of the Anchor podcasting platform that came out here. However, there were some long stretches of last week where I didn’t write anything.

Writing statistics for the week ending 30 October 2022:
+2,045 words written.
Days writing: 2 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 1 of 7 for 30 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 3 of 7 days.

By no means was this the worst writing week that I ever had – there was that infamous last week of May where my word count didn’t break four figures – but it was down there. Even with that week, however, the month of October overall was not bad.

Writing statistics for October 2022:
Words: 18,321
Revising/Planning: 210 minutes
Daily Writing Goals Met: 82%

This was definitely a decent month that would have been better if I had a good last week, but oh, well.

I think part of it is because I have started to consider putting together my own email list. Mailchimp appears to be the easiest and most straightforward platform I’ve seen and there is some good integration with it on WordPress. But that is likely a post for another day.

However, in looking at my overall numbers, I’m still feeling quite good about my progress and reaching my overall writing goals of 200,000 total words written this year and meeting my daily goals (500 words per day or 30 minutes of revisions and/or planning) at least 70 percent of the time.

As of right now, I am just slightly under 16,000 words to reaching my goal. That is about the amount of a mediocre month for me this year, so I have a chance of reaching that goal before November is out. As of right now, I’m meeting my daily goals 75 percent of the time, and I have to think that in a few weeks, there will be almost no mathematical chance that I will miss that goal. So, I have that to look forward to, at least.

That’s about it for now, I think. This isn’t going to make my daily quota, but sometimes it’s best to go for below your quota rather than trying to do more and ending up writing nothing. That’s what I’ve realized with myself, anyway. Besides, if I manage six subpar weeks in a row (where I just write maybe 3,000 words), I’ll make my quota with room to spare. That’s a good position to be in.

Take care, everyone.

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