Day 13 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Another Question – Going Old School

Random Thoughts

  • Another Good Question

I was good at school. So good that I tend to take that same attitude towards life and they do no correlate. But I have that tendency to think of receiving a fellowship or getting into a workshop that requires an application as an achievement. It’s obvious that of course I would apply for a fellowship or a residency or a workshop.

Except, I asked myself a question this time before taking time away from writing to pull together an application including an artist’s statement – Do I want my writing life to look like the life of the people involved in the organization? I looked at the teachers, the past participants and the people who were on the board of these organazations. I looked at their funding and their mission statements. Once I had that criterion, the decision was easy to make.

  • Finishing

Finishing a story and sending it out has been a challenge in the past. What I needed and still need is a process that takes the emotion out of it. I could look at reviewing my work and trying different methods as an experiment. I’ve looked over the time I’ve spent editing fiction this year and it’s 0 minutes. I’m not talking about my cycling back over the previous words, I’m talking about listening to my work for dropped words and things that don’t make sense.

An artist’s life is about finishing projects and moving to the next project. Do that enough times and you have a body of work. Not finishing means you have nothing.

  • Old School – 10-Minute Timer

Yep. Going old school with the 10-minute timer and letting that be enough to work through my first drafts.

Keep moving forward.


As of Day 13 – 1/13/24

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

26,592/ 26,312/105,248

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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