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 11.16.2021: Inconsistent (or not? No, inconsistent).

[PHOTO NOTE: Pexels photos wouldn’t bring up any images for “Inconsistent,” so today’s featured photo was the first image that popped up for “erratic.” You’re welcome.]

At first thought, when I was checking the statistics for last week, I was thinking that I hadn’t written much of anything. There were very few times that I felt that I had met my writing goals.

I think I finally had a breakthrough, once again, when I decided to not write a scene that I just didn’t feel good about or it would be more of the same, and I was able to get on with the section of writing that I finally wanted to accomplish. I’ve given the advice before on this blog, and it seems so super simple, not writing stuff. But it makes sense to me, and it seems to have worked for me.

I’ll be honest, there are some times when I am watching a movie where there’s something going on that’s so uncomfortable, I don’t even want to be watching it. There’s times when I am trying to gear myself up to write a scene that I think is important, but I suddenly realize I have no interest in writing it or trying to picture it. That’s when I realize that if it’s not a scene I’m into, it’s likely not a scene that anyone will be into. So, instead of getting stuck on a scene I thought I had to have at first, I just move on to the next thing. It’s a really good way to prevent me from getting too wordy in a manuscript, that’s for sure.

Otherwise, I’m pretty much plugging along as normal. I’m becoming increasingly convinced that the path I’m on is going to be the right one (self-publishing). I’ll likely be making a post on that soon.

As for last week’s statistics… they actually were about a couple hundred more than last week, but I only counted like three days that I met my daily quota. Like the title says, I’m hoping for more consistency.

Anyway, here’s the stats. Take care of yourselves out there.

Writing statistics for the week ending 11.14.2021:
+2,504 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): 3 of 7 days.