Day 19 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Minding My Writer’s Business or An Unexpected Detour in How My Mind Works

Yesterday was a hard day to get to the writing desk. So, of course I wrote about it. I drafted it as part of my NaNoWriMo course because I figured it was best to add in a day or two in the writing course about getting to the desk when you don’t feel like it. Despite my feelings, I met my word count goal. Now that I’m feeling better, I’m interested in reading what I wrote in my novel because I do not remember.

This morning, there was a variation, too. I woke up hungry, so I ate my lunch for breakfast. I knew my typical writing smoothie wasn’t going to work and it didn’t need to work because I had a healthy meal prepared. Ooh, that’s something else I need to add to the course – meal prep. Or, at the very least, snack prep.

(Side Note: I love snacks. Like, I legit wrote a short story about my love of snacks whose working title was Cheese Puffs and Ginger ale. That’s still an unbeatable combo, by the way. The good folks at Translunar Travelers Lounge published it. Here it is if you want to read it https://translunartravelerslounge.com/2020/02/15/wants-and-needs-by-irette-patterson/)

Okay. I captured that meal-prep idea in the folder I’m using to build the course. Let’s talk about that for a minute. So, when I get an idea, I have a place where it’s captured. In my newsletter I’ve written about how I have a content calendar, but it’s not a content calendar in the typical sense.

(Side Note: You can sign up for my weekly newsletter here – https://iretteypatterson.com/newsletter/)

What I’ve read is how you’re supposed to do it is to brainstorm and generate like a quarter’s worth of content. That kind of stuff makes me cringe. What I keep is a simple spreadsheet with two columns – date and subject. When I get an idea for my newsletter – I write the idea on the spreadsheet. I may write a paragraph in the field. I may not.

Not providing additional context, however, can be dangerous. Which I learned last night when I was writing from a cliffhanger and when I wrote it, I totally knew how to resolve it, but when I picked it back up to write again I didn’t and it took me a minute to figure it out.

Anyway, for that idea, I pulled up the NaNoWriMo Diaries – Pre-Week folder and created a WORD document with DRFT – Meal Prep and Laundry and Cleaning. I know that I’ll want to cover the care and feeding of yourself and your family during NaNoWriMo. Because I have DRFT at the beginning of the title of the document, I know that I haven’t written anything.

The benefit of doing this is that I’m not forcing myself to meet some deadline. I’m building the course organically. Now. If by like, July the draft course isn’t completed? That will be a problem because my intention is to gather feedback and then send it off to a copy editor. That takes time.  

The difference between the course and the story snacks I intend to write for the month of December is the snacks won’t go to an editor. I mean, they’re like 250 words. As I’m typing this, I’m rethinking that decision. Because 250 words X 31 = 7,750. Okay. That’s a lot. I could send them to the editor with the short story anthology.

And now comes the realization I need an actual publishing calendar and deadlines.

Anyway, back to the regularly scheduled post before I got off topic.

It’s about minding my writer’s business. These are the things I can control:

  1. What I write – Genre
  2. How much I write – Production
  3. How I write it – Craft
  4. Where I submit my work – Publication

That’s it. The rest of it is none of my business and I should remember that and move accordingly.

I’ve got to think of a way to memorialize reaching my 52-day goal. There’s a vintage Casio calculator watch I’ve had my eye on. That would make sense since I could tie it to the word count lol. Whenever I look down at the time I would be reminded that I reached this goal.

I also like wallets and card cases. I have a friend who gives me handbag related items as gifts because she knows handbags are my weakness. When I’m going some place and I’m nervous, I intentionally switch my wallet to one of her gifts so I can feel her positive energy. Keychains are also a possibility.

I’m looking for something that I handle or see on a regular basis that reminds me of the achievement. I keep a Notes list on my app for these kind of things but I haven’t been adding to it lately.

Keep moving forward.

Tracking

As of Day 19, – 1/19/24

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

37,814 / 38,456 / 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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