Writing Journal 30 November 2022: Cruising into the rest of the year

Feeling really good about this last week, even though the production was modest. Other than nine extra words, this week was no different statistically than the previous week. Given that this past week included my Thanksgiving break and that involved a bit of hectic activity and traveling, that’s decent news for me.

You may not have heard that I managed to meet my word count goal for the year. I’m still taking a bit of a victory lap regarding that milestone. However, I’m not resting for the rest of the year, not by a long shot. As of right now, my official highest yearly total was 208,919 words back in 2020. With slightly more than a month to work with, that mark can very easily fall. From the pace that I’ve been maintaining, if that doesn’t fall in three weeks, I’ll be very surprised.

I’m certainly not going to keep things modest next year. I have a book that will be coming out in the near future, and you’ll hear about when it’s coming out here first. And there’s more that I want to learn about

What I’ve come to realize is that I’m going to have to continually push myself when it comes to my writing productivity. I look back at some of my posts over the past few years and it truly amazes me how I’ve developed so far and how far I have to go. I remember a quote, which I’ll attempt to paraphrase, from the Russian world chess champion of the 1930’s and 1940’s, Alexander Alekhine. I remember hearing of a radio interview that he gave near the end of his life. At one point the interviewer said to Alekhine that it must have been gratifying to have lived such a long life and learned everything that there was to know about chess. Alekhine replied by insisting that an entire lifetime was not enough time to learn everything there was to learn about chess.

That’s the same way that I look at writing. Because of that, the whole experience is always challenging and never gets boring.

As always, here’s the numbers from last week.

Writing statistics for the week ending 26 November 2022:
+3,780 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.

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