Writing Journal, 3 May 2023: April wasn’t my month, but it wasn’t a disaster

Ugh, as my wife would say.

Several trips out of town, toiling with revisions to several projects, and maybe a general malaise has set in and given me probably the worst numbers of any month so far in 2023. However, I’m still in generally good shape, productivity-wise.

As a reminder, my goal this year as far as writing productivity was for 200,000 words in a year and to meet my daily production quota (500 words per day or 30 minutes of revisions/planning) at least 75 percent of the time. Given some of my past performances, I felt that this was reachable.

The stats for last week were not the best, but not a tragedy.

Writing statistics for the week ending 29 April 2023:
+2,621 words written.
Days writing: 3 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 2 of 7 for  60 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 5 of 7 days.

Not great numbers, but not an official block or slump, either. Again, the numbers for April 2023 were the lowest for any month this year so far.

Writing statistics for April 2023:
Words: 13,483
Revising/planning: 990 minutes
Daily Writing Goals Met: 89%

However, my overall numbers for the year to-date are looking good. At this point in the year, I should have written 66,667 words. I am more than 5,000 words above that total. I have also met my daily writing quota 92.5 percent of the time, well above the 75 percent mark I am trying to meet for the year. It seems clear that the more I am aware of my productivity and what I can do as a writer, the less likely I am to enter slumps or not understand what is going on.

Well, see you next week.

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