Writing Journal, 24 May 2023: Getting down to business on break

Hello to everyone.

I’m finally done with the school year, so the summer now stretches before me as far as writing progress goes. I am aware I usually have a slump the past couple of years immediately before and after the end of the school year, so I am hoping that I avoid it this year.

But, it’s not happening yet.

I’ve had two weeks in a row where I’ve written less than 3,000 words. I’m not satisfied any longer with my productivity unless I’m at least over 4,000 words in any given week. That is the pace I managed to hit on a regular basis last year, and it’s now the minimum I expect out of myself. And, if I’m going to shake myself out of a writing slump, this week is the week to start doing it.

However, another issue for me is the promotional campaign I’m setting up for my newest book, The Yank Striker, which I talked about last week. I want to devote more time and thought to this campaign than I did with my first book. I believe I learned a couple things from my first experience, although I will readily admit I would not consider myself a marketing guru by any means. Considering that I’m living near the biggest media market in my state (Des Moines), I think I have a better chance at getting noticed than before. However, I’ll be doing a lot of phone calls, emails, and plenty of reading up on different networking and marketing ideas all this week.

Anyway, here’s the stats for last week.

Writing statistics for the week ending 20 May 2023:
+2,711 words written.
Days writing: 5 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 4 of 7 for 210 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 6 of 7 days.

Well, better luck for me next week. All you writers keep writing, and everyone keep safe.

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