Day 17 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Surprises

Being a writer is weird. I’ve read my name in the acknowledgements of books or in a newsletter by someone saying they enjoy my work when at the same time I’m slogging through the second third of writing a novel, questioning my life choices. The whiplash is real, y’all.

Of the 2,024 words I’m writing a day, half of the words so far are fiction. This makes me glad. I was concerned I’d lean on writing non-fiction to reach my word count goal because I’m more comfortable writing these blog posts and my newsletters than fiction.

I’ve also started writing my National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) course. NaNoWriMo takes place in November. The original goal was to write a 50,000-word novel in a month. Since then, the goal is been broadened to be anything you want it to be.

For years, I’ve wanted to set up a free daily writing course starting 7 days before NaNoWriMo with daily essays/action steps through the end of the month. I’m doing it in dribbles and drabs as is my custom. It’s fun.

Yesterday, I realized I can test it before November for feedback. After all, it may be for NaNoWriMo but my intention for the course is that it can be used at any time of the year for someone either starting to write consistently or getting back into writing after being away for a while. I’m thinking of setting it up as an autoresponder sequence.

I can solicit feedback from two groups of people.

  1. You – person reading these words, and
  2. Subscribers to my weekly newsletter.

Just like these blog posts, the goal is to compile the posts as an eBook.

Keep moving forward.


As of Day 17, – 1/17/24

# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/52-Day Goal

34,892/ 34,408/ 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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