Writing Journal 2.16.2022: Not the best of numbers, but some clarity on my pace… and a bit more consistency… plus some other news

Welcome again.

Although it doesn’t look like it, I have been getting some blog writing done behind the scenes, yet not published yet. However, I’ve been making more progress. There’s at least three posts that I’m working on in drafts, and they are getting closer to getting done. I had wanted to get them done earlier, but I’ve been busy with a little passion project that I finally got finished up. (That’s the subject of one of those draft blogs. Maybe Friday I’ll post it?)

So, this week. I got more than a little writing done, pretty consistently across the week. The weekend wasn’t total garbage, even though I only wrote 55 words one day. At least it wasn’t zero, right?

I’m also looking to make some adjustments to the number of words I need to shoot for every day. I mentioned previously my goal for the year is 200,000 words in a year, roughly 16,667 words a month on average. I was a little below that monthly average last January, but I’m hoping to make up the difference over the next two months, especially since March is going to be a slightly “longer” month than the others.

Usually, my goal is to get to around 500 words per day. However, I have done some recalculations and realized that if I am going to make this 200,000 word goal with some words to spare, I am going to have to get closer to around 600 words per day.

That’s not a problem. One of the good things about setting a writing goal in advance and working toward it is spot checking how much you are getting done as the year progresses. I can check those stats and see if I have to make adjustments to daily or weekly totals if I get ahead or behind. Now that I have that goal ahead of time, I’m finding it to be a little easier to see where I am relative to that goal and how much I have to do to get there.

Visualization and goal-setting… seems to be working? We’ll have a better idea after a couple of months, likely.

How am I going to get those numbers up? Well, I have a blog about writing, maybe I need to… write a little more than just once a month about how much I’m writing? (Man, talk about insider baseball.) I need to get a little further into the self-publishing area, especially with this book project I’ve had sitting on the sidelines. I want to get more into Canva for design and Substack for writing – it might be a way that I can get paid for writing directly than what is going on now. But I’m also staying here on WordPress because I consider it to be a very intuitive site and not something that I need a lot of programming skill or cash to keep going.

As for last week’s numbers… they were both good and bad. For the first time in a long time, I managed to write at least something every day. Yeah, I did wind up just writing 55 words on one of those days, but I managed to make my minimum daily quota of 500 words.

(Now, however, I know I’ll have to lay on a few extra words every day to get to 200K. Again, not a problem now since I know how much I need to still write.)

Also, I managed to meet that minimum quota of either 500 words a day or 30 minutes of revisions or planning for writing a day every day last week, which isn’t a nothing statistic. After just meeting my daily quotas just 58 percent of the time, I’m going to be gunning for meeting daily quota at least 70 percent of the time. So, an entire week when I match my daily quota one way or another is going to be a big win in my book.

So, here are the weekly stats. And, it turns out all this is a bit over 600 words. Another good day of writing for me, at least.

Writers keep writing and everyone keep safe.

Writing statistics for the week ending 2.12.2022:
+3,425 words written.
Days writing: 7 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 2 of 7 for 60 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 7 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 2019: Numbers from the first half of the year

OK, since it is now officially the first half of the year, I decided to do a midyear recap of my productivity during those first six months of 2019.

You will see:

  • Monthly totals and midyear totals for 2019.
  • The numbers for revisions/planning represent the total number of minutes I spent revising my work.
  • Daily Writing Goals Met (DWGM) – this represents whether I have met the goals I have set for myself writing on a daily basis. These goals are either at least 500 words per day or at least 30 minutes of revising existing work/planning for new projects. On my weekly updates, I usually tell you how many times I meet that goal per week; on this chart, however, I will list it as the percentage of times per month I reach that goal.
  • I will also give monthly averages for words written and minutes spent revising.

Here are the full numbers:

  • Jan:
    • Words: 6,501
    • Revise/Plan: 1,710
    • DWGM: 86%
  • Feb:
    • Words: 5,102
    • Revise/Plan: 675
    • DWGM: 71%
  • Mar:
    • Words: 4,834
    • Revise/Plan: 420
    • DWGM: 61%
  • Apr:
    • Words: 4,055
    • Revise/Plan: 390
    • DWGM: 46%
  • May:
    • Words: 13,164
    • Revise/Plan: 300
    • DWGM: 54%
  • Jun:
    • Words: 42,382
    • Revise/Plan: 0
    • DWGM: 89%
  • 1st half of 2019:
    • Words (total): 76,038
    • Words (avg.): 12,673
    • Revise/Plan (total): 3,495
    • Revise/Plan (avg.) 583
    • DWGM (avg.): 67%

For perspective, these were the first-half numbers for 2018 (you can see the whole numbers for 2018 here):

  • Jan:
    • Words: 6,658
    • Revise/Plan: 60
    • DWGM: 26%
  • Feb:
    • Words: 3,509
    • Revise/Plan: 600
    • DWGM: 25%
  • Mar:
    • Words: 4,328
    • Revise/Plan: 1,115
    • DWGM: 54%
  • Apr:
    • Words: 3,386
    • Revise/Plan: 1,200
    • DWGM: 50%
  • May:
    • Words: 6,164
    • Revise/Plan: 660
    • DWGM: 51%
  • Jun:
    • Words: 7,638
    • Revise/Plan: 330
    • DWGM: 54%
    • 1st half of the year:
        • Words (total): 31,683
        • Words (avg.): 5,281
        • Revisions (total): 3,965
        • Revisions (avg.): 661
        • DWGM (avg.): 43%


It’s pretty apparent that I started 2019 respectably, but then slid slowly downhill into eunni and complacency. I’ve talked about different reasons and things for that, but I’m not getting into them here. Suffice it to say that they were basically me not choosing to push forward when I had the chance and letting things get away from me. However, having a pretty successful June as far as writing and productivity were concerned helped move me into some better numbers.

The one positive I do have to take away from things is that I’m meeting my daily writing goals far more consistently in the first half of this year as opposed to the first half of 2018. That’s a big positive, and I hope to build on that during the second half of this year. At least six more weeks of summer to get things done…

That’s all the facts and figures for tonight, everyone. I’ll get back later.