Writing Journal 10.20.2021: Good week overall

Not going to muck around too much on this. I seem to be having good results getting these writing journals out on Wednesdays after writing them a bit ahead of time. I’m also glad that, even though these journal posts are a big part of this blog, they haven’t been the only thing I have been posting in recent months, unlike some times in this blog’s short history.

I have to admit that this week’s totals might be slightly juiced by the fact that I participated in the Iowa Writers’ Corner’s fall writing retreat on Saturday. It was the first time I ever got to be a part of such an event and I loved every second of it. I am very much looking forward to when we do it again sometime next spring.

I managed to get quite of bit of revisions on a long-stalled project, so that juiced the numbers. I wound up revising and planning for 210 minutes last week. Remember, since my daily writing goal is either 500 words or 30 minutes of revisions/planning, that 210 minutes is the equivalent of 3,500 words a week. If I either write for 500 words every day or revise/plan for 30 minutes every day, that comes out to 3,500 words or 210 minutes. So, I had a good week – not a perfect week where I met my quota every day, but close enough to it after a couple months of lackluster numbers that I am quite happy with what I see.

Some other good news is that I managed to sort out my PayPal account, so that might be another tool I might get into down the line. I’m also looking more research into ConvertKit and I’m really leaning toward using that to set up an email list. Of course, if I’m to set up such an email list, I’m going to have to give people some reasons to sign up for that list… and that will be a new experience.

In addition, the more I look into this, the more I’m leaning toward trying to do more on my own rather than find an agent or publisher. I’m tired of just waiting and hoping someone will take a chance on me – I just want to start creating and see if some readers will take a chance on me for once. If there has been one thing that writing fan fiction has taught me, is that the feedback I’ve received lets me know that there are people who do like my writing. I want to not just create those stories, but go out and take them for a ride.

Anyway, here’s the numbers. Keep safe, everyone.

Writing statistics for the week ending 10.16.2021:
+2,619 words written.
Days writing: 3 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 6 of 7 for 210 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 6 of 7 days.

Writing Journal, 10.13.2021: Finally got a good thing going

Well, in addition to the recent news about the new URL for the blog, I wound up having a pretty good writing week, too.

Actually, I think it was one of the best weeks of writing I’ve had since July, now that I had a chance to look it up. I always appreciate it when I surpass my goal for the week (at least 3,500 words per week, 500 per day, or 210 minutes of revising or planning work).

Without getting into too many details, I think a good part of my success this week didn’t have to do with what I was working on. I think what happened was that I managed my time well over the weekend and didn’t try to tire myself out – in fact, I think I did a lot better to take care of myself during the weekend. Over the past few months, I have been seeing a drop-off in productivity. Not this past weekend, however.

So, can I start to make this a trend? Let’s hope so.

Anyway, once again, here’s the stats. Enjoy, and have a safe week.

Writing statistics for the week ending 10.9.2021:
+4,663 words written.
Days writing: 6 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 0 of 7 for 0 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 6 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 10.6.2021: A little better at the end of September

My output… wasn’t that bad last week? Still not up to what I want for my quota, but it was the best week I had in about four weeks.

This fanfiction project that has been going on for a while… I think I’m getting tired of it being in my head, like I mentioned last time. Now I am writing for the sole purpose of getting the story done… not as noble as some writing motivation, but it might be good enough for me to get through most of it. I think some of my problem is what I usually have with writing scenes or sections that really get boring for me or I don’t want to muck around with that much. Usually, the solution is to just cut the scenes as much as possible and just move on. That’s what I think I’m going to have to do in this instance.

Not much else to talk about here, although I’m hoping to finally try and put together three posts in a single week. I did like Sunday’s post, however – I think that worked out pretty well.

Here’s the stats. See you later and take care.

Writing statistics for the week ending 10.2.2021:
+2,513 words written.
Days writing: 4 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 0 of 7 for 0total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 3 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 9.29.2021: Back where I was two weeks ago

I’ve found it being pretty useful being back in a writing group. At the moment, I’ve been meeting with the Iowa Writer’s Corner up in Des Moines. One of the more useful bits of advice came from a conversation I had with one of my members. She mentioned the fact that she doesn’t go overboard with plotting out or outlining her stories is that she doesn’t want to have the story written before she gets to writing, because there is the risk of getting bored with the story you are writing before you finish it.

While I’d add a couple of caveats to that statement, I have found that I do have the sense of a story spending too much time in my head before it comes out on the screen or the page. I think the project I have been working on at AO3 has gotten a little to that point. Usually, the best way to freshen up that story is to take a permanent break from it or a temporary one.

I might do that later on, but I do want to finish up the section of the story that I am on and complete the first part of the series. For one of the first times since I began writing, I have gotten a lot of positive feedback on my work. I remember how disappointed I have been for different projects that I have read on that site that have either taken a long hiatus, been abandoned, or even deleted all-together. I want to make sure that I eventually complete this project, even if it takes me longer to complete the latter portions of that project than what I anticipated.

Anyway, that’s my response to why my numbers have been garbage the past couple of weeks. Last week’s numbers, ironically, are almost identical to the numbers I had two weeks ago. And now, despite all that, I plan to power my way through it. Sometimes, that is the best option you have when there aren’t a lot of good options there.

Here’s the numbers, such as they are, for last week. I’m hoping we finally get some fall weather in Iowa that lasts for a bit. Sunny days in the 90’s aren’t cool anymore by late September/early October. Take care, everyone.

Writing Statistics for the week ending 9.25.2021:
+1,672 words written.
Days writing: 3 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 2 of 7 for  120 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 4 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 9.21.2021: Best not think on it

I chose the picture of my computer with a blank screen on it because that best symbolizes the last week I had. Just a lot of inertia… but I feel a turnaround coming on.

Oh, somehow I won this award from my writing group (Iowa Writer’s Corner) so maybe my writing output hasn’t sucked as much as I have often feared.

Anyway, here’s the totals for last week. I’m going to try and concentrate on producing some decent content this weekend, as I mentioned previously. Hope you enjoy it when it comes out.

Writing statistics for the week ending 9.18.2021:
+1,429 words written.
Days writing: 4 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 0 of 7 for 0 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 1 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 9.15.2021: Not too much to show for it… but I’m not just surrendering

If you couldn’t tell from my more recent post, I’ve had a time trying to write stuff this week.

There’s not too much of an explanation for it… but I’m proud that I’ve been at least tinkering around with trying to do something writing-wise. I don’t like to just write for the sake of it – I want to produce good material.

However, you inevitably face the idea that, if you want to write regularly, not all of your production is going to be first class, or even something you prefer that other people read. I’ve not gotten to that level recently, but I think I’m more understanding about those writers who prefer to keep some of their writings hidden permanently from public view (only to have well-meaning family or fans unearth them for good or for bad. I think Sir Terry Pratchett had the best idea when he had someone drive one of those asphalt rollers over a hard drive containing some unfinished/rough draft works after his death.

Anyway, here’s the stats. If I do the conversion of 500 words = 30 minutes of planning/revising, I’d add 2,000 more words to my total last week.

Of course, the numbers would still be unimpressive. At least, they would be less so. See you around and keep safe.

Writing statistics for the week ending 9.11.2021:
+1,088 words written.
Days writing: 2 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 2 of 7 for 120 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 3 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 9.8.2021: Want to make more positive movement

I just think that I’m spinning my wheels a bit.

I don’t think that I took enough advantage of my time this summer. It seems so much easier not to do things rather than do them. This poem seems particularly apt at the moment.

I just need to get to work on the items that matter to me. That includes trying to build not only this blog but the new podcasts I’m doing.

Even though I just did nothing writing-wise Labor Day weekend, I was keeping busy helping my son move to Des Moines. Him and my daughter are beginning their own adventures and I envy them.

Here’s the stats for last week. Not garbage, but not the best either. That’s about all for now – I’ll work on another blog post or two this week.

Writing statistics for the week ending 9.4.2021:
+2,639 words written.
Days writing: 4 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 0 of 7 for 0 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 4 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 9.1.2021: The start of teaching… and no difference in production? Really?

Yeah, just easing into September… and restarting teaching again, in a new district, and… it’s going well. The staff have been great to work with, and I’m starting to get to know the kids and getting into the routines of another school year.

It’s been a bizarre week to be honest. After having my young adult daughter and son living with us in our comfy home for the past half year, we are suddenly going to find ourselves empty nesters once again. Daughter Madeline has returned to her studies on campus at the University of Iowa, while my son happened upon a new job in Des Moines doing maintenance for a hotel. I’ve never been a maintenance kind of guy, but I do envy him living in the heart of a bit city with just a five-minute walk to work. I’m hoping those are just the start of their adventures.

As for myself, I am surprised that my production for this past week was statistically unchanged from the previous week – essentially, not a star turn but not total rubbish, either. I was hoping to have better production over the weekend, but that was not to be and my Labor Day weekend looks to be busy. So, we will see. I have had some hard words this week to get out, but I powered through it and glad with what I have gotten.

On another note, remember when, among other things, I bemoaned not having an Alphasmart anymore? Well, I managed to get myself an Alphasmart Neo 2 in very good condition. Once I get a proper USB cord for it, I just might start putting it to use. Wish me luck.

And, as always, here’s the stats. Stay safe out there – things are getting a bit more virusy as we get into fall.

Writing statistics for the week ending 8.28.2021:
+2,676 words written.
Days writing: 5 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 0 of 7 for 0 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 4 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 8.25.2021: Slight slowdown as classes begin

Again, as most of these journals are becoming, this will be relatively short.

(I think I mentioned a couple days ago about setting up a podcast tied to this blog. There is an option to convert blog posts into podcasts. I think I might use this option on some of my blogs, but I don’t think I will try it with the journal posts. Those can get pretty repetitive.)

I am hoping that the start of the new teaching year will not lead to a slowdown of my productivity. I need to try and analyze that a bit, looking back as some of my past yearly journals, but sometime my productivity has actually increased when I have less time to write than before. Maybe it is the old journalist in me.

Anyway, the stats are below. Not totally disgraceful, and relatively consistent, but not exactly up to par At least I wrote more total words this week than the previous one. Hoping for better next week.

Writing statistics for the week ending 8.21.2021:
+2,770 words written.
Days writing: 5 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 0 of 7 for 0 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 4 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 8.18.2021: A better week than the numbers might suggest

As I get closer to the start of the school year (whatever that looks like due to the Delta version of COVID), I’m quite curious about what affect it will have on my writing and work outside of my day job. I get the feeling that I might be more productive that I was during the summer. We will have to see.

As for this week, it might seem a drop from last week… but not exactly. Let me explain with the numbers.

Writing statistics for the week ending 8.14.2021:
+1,584 words written.
Days writing: 3 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 3 of 7 for 105 total minutes.
Daily WGM (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 5 of 7 days.

The week before last week, I wrote 3,986 words but spent no time revising or planning. Remember, every 30 minutes I spend revising/planning is the equivalent for me of 500 words. So, with that math, the 105 minutes I spent doing that last week is the equivalent of 1,750 words, which would give me an equivalent word count from last week of 3,334. That’s not more than last week, of course, but it is not a massive drop-off, either.

So, I will see how things go next week. So far, it looks like I’m making a good start of it, but we’ll see by next week, lol. Later.