Writing Journal 21 September 2022: Another solid week and a nice trip to Badger, Iowa

I’d love every week to be something like this week, writing-wise.

I was nice and solidly productive this week and much of what I wrote ended up on this blog. That’s nice to see after many months where the only thing I produced on here were writing journals.

As for the exact numbers… they were not record-breaking, but very solid and above what I am trying to shoot for every week. If every week winds up like this, this year’s goals of 200,000 words in 2022 and meeting my daily writing quota at least 70 percent of the time is in the bag.

I also had the chance to make an appearance at the Badger (Iowa) Public Library when their librarian invited me to come to its book fair of regional authors. I had the chance to meet and network with several writers and the library was quite hospitable to me and the other authors there. It was a bit of a drive for me, but I enjoyed the experience and certainly would return there.

So, in all, it was a good week. I’ll be looking forward to seeing some falling temperatures at last now that it is officially fall in a day or so. Summer heat can get gone as soon as possible.

Anyway, here’s the numbers. Keep safe and live your lives, everyone.

Writing statistics for the week ending 17 September 2022:
+4,484 words written.|
Days writing: 6 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 1 of 7 for 120 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 6 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 1 September 2022: A bit rubbish this week

It was not a week to brag about as I began my first week of teaching classes (which are pretty much all language arts classes).

Not yet sure about the grading workload, but I will work to make sure that I try to get through it with as less stress as possible. One advantage I have is that I’m not having to deal with any of the high level of paperwork that you have to get through as a special education teacher. I don’t necessarily mind not having to do that, but I did appreciate the chance to use my writing abilities to put together some decent individual education plans (IEPs) for my students.

Again, last week was not a horrible writing week – I had at least one not as good as the start of the month – but its not where I want it to be or expect of myself. At this point any week where I don’t write over 4,000 words is going to be a bit of a disappointment to me. And that’s a good feeling to have. There have been so many times over my life where I would just be satisfied with not getting anything done. The new demanding me is more satisfying. I still haven’t gotten as far as I’d like, but I can see the growth in what I am producing ever so slowly.

Anyway, enough of that. Here’s the stats; feel free to check out my first post on Substack – there’ll be more to come along with more here.

Writing statistics for the week ending 27 August 2022:
+3,159 words written.
Days writing: 4 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 1 of 7 for 60 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 4 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 24 August 2022: Staying steady as the school year starts

As of this writing, it’s been two days since I got back together with the students from my school district and returned to full-time language arts teaching for the first time in 10 years. Strange times ahead, and I hope good ones ahead as well.

Not much to chat about other than that. The writing week went well. I had a quick announcement about going live on Substack Friday. I’ll post a link later on that day to that post.

The past week was… solid, not spectacular, but I’ll take that any time especially as I start getting ready for school. Take care, everyone, and yourselves as well.

Writing statistics for the week ending 20 August 2022:
+4,592 words written.
Days writing: 5 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 1 of 7 for 60 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 5 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 17 August 2022: Contemplating the start of the school year

I’ve got just a day before I go back to school for in-service and less than a week before I’m in front of kids. It will be the first time in about a decade that I will be a full-time language arts teacher (rather than primarily a special education teacher or a journalist). I am a bit nervous at the challenge. For example, I will be teaching middle school again along with my high school students. However, I do like the district and if there is one place I would be comfortable enough teaching a full language arts schedule, it would be this place. We will see. I will miss my special education students, although I am likely to see some of them next year in regular classes.

As for last week’s writing, if every week were this productive, I would be quite happy. I’m hoping that I will be able to keep up the pace and have a great last third of the year to make the goals I set at the start of the year of at least 200,000 words and making my daily quota at least 70 percent of the time. So far, so good.

Here’s the numbers. Take care everyone.

Writing statistics for the week ending 13 August 2022:
+5,898 words written.
Days writing: 7 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 0 of 7 for 0 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 5 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 27 July 2022: Great writing week and progress on other fronts

[PHOTO NOTE: This was the first thing that popped up when I did an image search for “progress.” You’re welcome.]

Last week just goes to show that you never know.

I was expecting to have a bad writing week since I was going off on vacation last weekend. You might remember that it prompted me to do a blog about writing on vacation. I figured, “well, it will be a wash.” But then, I think that idea of a fall-off gave me the motivation to not fall off… and as a result, I had the best writing week since early April of this year.

I feel myself getting to be a stronger writer. I have so much to learn still, but I’m believing that I’m only going to get better at this.

One quick note as well – I finally got myself signed up for an account on Kindle Direct Publishing. I’m going to be reading a lot of material and advice before moving forward and publishing my first self-publishing project. However, that process is finally moving forward. I think with a bit of research and the assistance of my writing group, I have every confidence that I should be able to make this thing work.

Well, I’m getting back to it, then. Hope you have a great week, and all of you writers keep writing.

Writing statistics for the week ending 23 July 2022:
+6,305 words written.
Days writing: 6 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 1 of 7 for 30 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 6 of 7 days.

Writing Journal, 20 July 2022: Part of my frustration with keeping the numbers up

[PHOTO NOTE: I image-searched “frustration,” and this was one of the images that came up. Yeah, it’s really complex.]

The numbers were not quite as good as last week, but this week I have a decent excuse for it – an excuse that leads me into thinking of some of the frustrations I have with trying to reach this 200,000-word goal this year.

Back last Saturday, I posted a review of the writing/blogging service Substack. I actually thought it was a nice little review. I also ended up using much of the information that I had gathered for my article for a presentation for my writing group. It ended up going over pretty well with them.

However, it took me a long time to research and plan for both that article and the presentation. I logged in 300 hours of planning and/or revising during that week (not all of that was dedicated to the article, but much of it was), and that took away at least some time from actually writing stuff.

I go back and forth about whether I need to judge myself differently from some of the other writers that I know because most of the ones I know now are doing this full-time. I’m still doing it on my off-time… then again, this is the summer for me. (Insert shrugging gif or emoticon here.)

Well, I still am proud of what I did last week, despite the “lower production.” Anyway, I’ll make sure to put something out this weekend, as well.

Here’s the stats. See you around.

Writing statistics for the week ending 16 July 2022:
+3,111 words written.
Days writing: 3 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 3 of 7 for 300 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 3 of 7 days.

Writing Journal, 13 July 2022: Good (acceptable?) start to the month

[PHOTO NOTE: The picture was the first thing that came up when I put “July” in the photo search.

Last week was… acceptable, if not good from a writing perspective. I’m ahead of the game regarding my writing pace, although I’m frankly disappointed that I didn’t get more blog posts done than what I have done.

However, I am working on a presentation that I will be giving this weekend to my writing group, and it will be a presentation on the blogging and subscription website Substack. As part of my work on giving that presentation to the group, I will be putting together a blog post and review of the site – basically, my first impressions after starting to use and experiment with it.

Not much else to mention about that, although I will be posting that midday on Saturday (16 July 2022).

Anyway, that’s it for now. Stats are below. Take care everyone.

Writing statistics for the week ending 9 July 2022:
+4,895 words written.
Days writing: 5 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 1 of 7 for 60 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 6 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 7.6.2022: Limping into July

I had some personal things come up last week with that messed with my writing schedule and then I went into a slight unrelated mini-slump which there’s not much of an excuse for. The former is not to be worried about – it’s certainly not life or death – and the latter is just up to me.

I will say that last week was not a totally unproductive disaster because it was at least four times as productive as my worst week of the year LOL. And even considering that it was a long month, my performance was still better than last month’s.

I’m not spending much time on this because I do want to write some substantial articles this week and not just me talking about writing progress (although I’m going to work on a first-half of the year recap lol). I have the Fourth of July coming up, so I’ll try to think of something that I can write on my phone. There’s a quick checkup next week which will be a bit thorough, and then I’m planning on getting out of town for an actual vacation further north. I reckon that I will have to bring my laptop with, which should not be an issue.

More later.

Writing statistics for the week ending 2 July 2022:
+2,744 words written.
Days writing: 3 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 0 of 7 for 0 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 3 of 7 days.
June 2022 statistics:
Words: 19,163
Revise/Plan: 240 min.
Daily Writing Goals Met: 66%

Writing Journal 6.29.2022: A bit better but inconsistent – also, a quick note on “non-writing” stuff

This last week went better than the previous week from a writing standpoint. It was not a fantastic week by most standards, and I wasn’t as consistent as I wanted to be, but it was up above the pace I needed to get to.

As it turns out, I already am halfway to that goal even before June is done, which means I am ahead of pace for the year. Despite this, I feel like my attempt to get to 200,000 is a bit of a cramp on my other plans, such as to move forward on research and backwork for future projects. When I consider that, I might look at doing a more modest word count for next year while trying to keep up or improving my percentage of meeting daily goals.

Some things that I am trying to work on now would include doing more research on Substack and how to get the Amazon KDP publishing. I have already published stuff on Amazon through a conventional publisher and now I am looking into self-publishing because I think that would work best for me at this stage, considering that my main goal is to put out as much material as I can in whatever time I have left. (Those are the types of thoughts that start running through your mind a bit more the further you get on in life.)

So, those are some things to start thinking about for both this year and next. as well. I feel good that I had a generally good week and hoping that the last week will finish strong and put me in a good position for the second half of the year. I will likely make the writing journal for next Wednesday double as the first half of 2022 recap as well.

Until next time.

Writing statistics for the week ending 25 June 2022:
+4,590 words written.
Days writing: 6 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 0 of 7 for 30 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 4 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 22 June 2022: The mini-slump ends now(?)

[PHOTO NOTE: This was the first thing I pulled up when I did a search for “game planning.” It’ll fit, trust me.]

Keeping this short because I want to get it out before my self-imposed arbitrary deadline passes lol.

I think I got into a mini-slump for the past few days. Now that I’m in a vacation mode, I know what I have to do, but I now realize that I need to have an actual plan for when I have open time and not just say “Oh, I’ll do whatever I do.”

Today I’m trying to apply that to my daily schedule. Woke up early, got a good walk in, and was ready to write after breakfast. Then I found out the new season of Umbrella Academy was on Netflix and I got distracted. (So far it’s been a great season lol.)

Anyway, not the best of weeks. The past four days have been horrible. I’m going to try and turn it around, again, ugh.

Here’s the stats. Enjoy.

[QUICK AUTHOR’S NOTE: I’m changing the format of the dating because I like how they set it up in Europe (day, month, year) rather than how it usually is in the US (month, day, year). It just makes more sense for me to have information organized in a clear pattern (smallest time measurement up to the biggest time measurement). Now I know I’m getting picky about my writing organization. :)]

Writing statistics for the week ending 18 June 2022:
+3,756 words written.
Days writing: 6 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 1 of 7 for 30 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goal Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 6 of 7 days.