Writing Journal, 17 May 2023: Looking for this to be a blip rather than a trend

Hello to everyone.

I am hoping that the previous week was, as the title says, more of a blip than a trend. During the past couple of years, I’ve noticed a bit of a slacking off as I get to the end of the school year. I have to say that by the end of the school year, even during good years, I can get mentally exhausted once school is over and it takes me another two weeks before I can take a deep breath and even begin to properly recover.

As a result, my writing productivity has usually fallen off a cliff in May, especially during the last days of the school year and immediately afterward. I’ve noticed the trend enough that I am going to try to avoid it, although last week’s productivity was nowhere near the levels of the previous week.

However, to paraphrase Frank Herbert in Dune, the key to avoiding a trap is to know that there is a trap in the first place. Unlike previous years, I have committed to writing on a much regular basis with my two blogs than I have before in past years, so I am hoping I avoid as big of a drop as I did before. In addition, I have a bit more to write about that I have in the past couple of years.

Was that a bit of a spoiler? I guess you’re going to have to keep your eyes open to find out.

With that in mind, here’s the stats for last week.

Writing statistics for the week ending 13 May 2023:
+2,793 words written.
Days writing: 4 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 3 of 7 for 120 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 6 of 7 days.

Well, that’s about it for now. Like I said, keep your eyes on this space. A lot more is going to show up here than just word counts…

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