Writing Journal 5.4.2022: A good month of April

So, I’ve been running the numbers and… the numbers are looking pretty good.

Again, and this seems like a broken record, but my goal for this year was to write 200,000 words for 2022, whether that is fiction, non-fiction, blogs, or otherwise. All of it counts.

I’m also trying to make sure that I make my daily minimum writing quota (500 words per day or 30 minutes of revisions/planning per day) at least 70 percent of the time. How is it going? Pretty good.

The numbers for last week:

Writing statistics for the week ending 4.30.2022:
+4,755 words written.
Days writing: 5 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 2 of 7 for 90 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 min. of planning/revisions): 7 of 7 days.

Writing statistics for April 2022:
Words: 20,791
Revise/Plan: 225 minutes
Daily Writing Goals Met: 86%

To stay exactly on pace for writing 200,000 words this year, I had to have written about 66,667 words by the end of April. With 78,616 written as of the end of April, I’m nearly 12,000 words ahead of that pace, which is really comforting to see in black and white and in my calculator.

And, having met my minimum daily writing quotas an average of 82 percent of the time, I’m well on pace to meet that goal as well.

Now, if I can write some “serious” work rather than “fun” work, then I’d really be cooking. But honestly, I have three weeks until I finish the school year, so I think that some of that serious work might wait until then.

I do think I figured out why it’s nearly impossible for me to write anything really on Sundays during a school year. I think that will be the subject of an upcoming blog… maybe this week, even. Why not?

Take care, everyone.

Writing Journal 3.18.2018: Success!

Oh, people, I report success to you.

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I’ve finished the first draft of my newest project, The American Nine. It is done and completed as of last night, and it was such a great feeling of succeeding, after so much planning, thought, and hard work. After 15 months, I have the thing in my hand.

Here are the final stats on my first draft.

Created: Dec. 27, 2016

Finished: March 17, 2018

Target length: 95,000-99,999 words.

Final first draft length: 97,179 words.

Target date of completion: March 30, 2018.

Actual date of completion: See above.

Oh and here are the weekly totals:

2,543+ words written.

Days writing: 4 out of 7.

Days revising: 2 out of 7 for 60 total minutes.

Daily writing goals met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 3 out of 7 days.

Now, what next? These are the new writing plans:

  • I am immediately beginning a first revision on The American Nine. I think the first run through will be for two things.
    • Word diet. I’m happy that I hit my word count target, but I want to run through this and make sure I’m not repeating myself or using unnecessary words. I would love it if I could cut at least 5,000 words and have a little more room for some subplots that I thought were interesting but couldn’t get to.
    • Continuity editing. I mentioned in a previous post that I decided to change two of my main locations in the book to fictional worlds. As it turned out, I made those decisions right in the middle of my first draft. So, now I’ll have to go back and make sure my scenes and descriptions match with the new locations.
  •  I am going to now devote more concentration on publishing my book The Holy Fool. It’s my opinion that I am going to have this published whether by a traditional publisher or if I just put it on Amazon Direct. There are two reasons for this:
    • I think if I am going to call myself a writer and promote myself as such, it’s past time for me to have some product on the (Real? Virtual?) shelves.
    • It’s getting to the 10th anniversary of the events in the book, which I think would be an excellent promotional tagline and selling point for it.

As for today, I’m going to get some social media stuff taken care of, do a spot of things for work, and then get to revising. As always, feel free to comment or drop in online.