2023-1-6 Day 5 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Finding the Why

The 5 pm – 9 pm challenge.

I didn’t have a good enough why for establishing a PM writing routine. I am able to significantly make headway on the 2,024 words a day in my morning session. I could finish with the balance of the words I needed to reach my goals in less than an hour. I suspect part of the reason my evening session wriring has been so flowy (besides this being the fun, beginning of the project) is because my subconscious worked on the story throughout the day.

Now, I think I’ve found my why. The answer is because I need margin. At this point in my writing journey, invitations to write for anthologies can pop up out of nowhere. Same with magazine themed issues. The editor might give you two weeks or two months to produce a short story of a certain word count based on a certain theme.

If I have a standard PM session that focuses on things like craft and writing my non-fiction, there’s a time slot already available for opportunities without disrupting my goals for my personal projects.

This makes sense to me. Let’s see if it makes enough sense for me to be consistent with PM writing sessions.


As of 1/5/24

# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/Ultimate Word Goal

11,387/10,120/ 740,784

About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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