Day 18 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Two Hours Are Just The Beginning

Currently, it takes around two hours for me to write 2,024 words. I am starting to realize, however, that 2 hours is a baseline. It’s just the beginning.

Those hours do not count editing or reading for pleasure or studying or self-publishing. I can’t think about all of that now. Once I’ve gotten into the habit of writing new words consistently, I can layer on other tasks. Except reading. Reading is the next habit to add.

I’ve been in a reading rut for a long time. Maybe I’ll try to read something totally different. Right now, I’m going back to my comfort stories.

I realize that nothing lasts forever. I have a good set up for writing today. It will change tomorrow. Life always does. Knowing what works and what doesn’t work for me is knowledge I’ll be able to carry with me for the rest of my life.

Yes, writing an average of 2,024 words/day is a challenge, an opportunity to stretch myself, but can I do it? Yes. I can. It’s a matter of discipline and being willing to make tiny changes until I find what works.

Will an unexpected event probably happen? Yes. As I get older, more unexpected events seem to pop up. I would have thought it would be the opposite. I’ll learn how to deal with them.

I never was able to establish a writing rhythm when I lived in DC. When I lived in Philadelphia, I wrote a lot, but didn’t finish or submit much of anything. I’ll figure out both during this year – writing consistently and publishing consistently.

Keep moving forward.


As of Day 18, – 1/18/24

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

36,965/ 36,432/ 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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