Day 16 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Next Year

This past weekend I scheduled two events on one day – a morning hike and an afternoon play. I thought that because I had the day set aside for fun, it would work. Plus, because Monday was a National Holiday, I’d have time to make up any word counts. The holiday would act as my buffer.

As I was journaling this morning, I realized that I would have to put aside any morning group hikes or 5ks until next year. My prime writing time is the morning. Races are fun. They also require waking up at 4:30 am, driving to the venue, figuring out parking, walking the race and then the 45-minute drive back to the house. If I have to take MARTA to the event, that’s even more time I need to allot to the event.

I’m too new to consistent writing practice to disrupt it that way. I’m not saying never. I’m not even saying I won’t participate in races. I’ll probably take the virtual route as I did last year. That way, I can walk the race at a local park after I’ve reached my word count goal.

I also found out about a natural conservationist program that looked interesting. I put a note on my wall calendar in December to be on the lookout for next year’s cohort. It’s not only the time participating in group activities this group would require, it’s the focus. Same with the master gardening program.

Right now, I’m focused on my health and my writing. Don’t get me wrong. I won’t make the mistake of putting off my life until I reach a mythical point in my writing. Oh. No. Not doing that, again. I am taking this year, however, to figure out my processes for publishing and creating a consistent writing practice.

I write in the morning so that time (unless there’s an emergency) is blocked off. I go to bed at a certain time in order to wake up to write and reduce my stress levels. That time needs to be blocked off, also. To find out what works for me, my actions need to be consistent so the data I collect will make sense.

Those are my only restrictions. I have a ticket to a fun evening event next Friday evening and to another group event Saturday afternoon. Both fit within the parameters I’ve set for myself.

I’m not saying never. I’m just saying not now.

Keep moving forward.


As of Day 16, – 1/16/24

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

32,606/ 32,384/ 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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