Day 10 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – More Changes

Well, I stayed up last night watching the latest episode of Percy Jackson and the Olympians. It wasn’t late-late, only 30 minutes later than my usual bedtime. The problem, however, is that I made it out to be a way bigger problem because I hadn’t decided that I was going to watch the show.

I waited until it actually started to fess up that I wanted to watch the show in real time and therefore did not plan on how to incorporate the watching of said show into my regular schedule. I wanted to think I was a different person than I was.

I was arguing ith reality – the person I currently am. This means I started off writing later this morning, than if I had just planned that into my schedule. In the end, that means about 500 words, I’ll need to make up later in the day.

In the past I made a rule that I did not watch any television shows during the week, only the weekend. That was when the streaming services dropped all the shows at one time, though, and I could happily binge watch my Saturday away. Things are different now. And I need to change with those differences.

My writing office chair arrived last night. Now I have to put the thing together.

A benefit to having a kind of wish list of projects to complete by the end of the year is that different projects take different amounts of energy. I write a blog post or non-fiction at any time. Fiction, though? I’m more comfortable writing new words in the morning. I might work out some parts of the story or scribble an outline in the afternoon, but because that takes the most creative energy for me, it’s best if new words are in the morning.

Remember how I said I wanted to publish a winter anthology this year? Well, those short stories need introductions and that anthology needs marketing copy. Those fall under “consumable words” and therefore count toward writing 2,024 words a day but they don’t take up that much space in my brain.

Keep moving forward.


As of Day 10 – 1/10/24

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

21,560/20,240/ 105,248

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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