Day 21 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Trends

All right, I’m at week three of the year and I’ve started to detect some trends. One thing I’ve noticed is that there are two days of the week where I write significantly less. I might get only in 1 25-minute session, or I might get in a full 1.5 hour morning session (which for me means 3, 25-minute sessions because every 25 minutes I need to get up and walk around because I want to save my back so I don’t wreck my body reaching my writing goals), but not an afternoon session.

When I know what I want to write, I can write 500 words every 25 minutes. Thank you Keyboarding class in High School! I also need to hold myself to those 500-word goal every 25 minutes or I’ll drift.

What to do with this information? Previously I stated that in order for me to reach my 2,024-word a day goal, I need to write at least two hours. Those two hours are just for writing – not editing, or publishing, or updating my website (which sorely needs attention) or submitting or anything else.

I also mentioned that I was going to go for a 2,500/day word count during the week and then I could still reach my overall yearly average even if I did not write on the weekend. That strategy hasn’t been working for me. For one, my two lower-writing days are not necessary during on the weekends like how I assumed. The only thing that is consistent is the number of days. That makes sense.

Although I try to go out twice a week, I don’t always reach that goal. I’m not someone who likes to leave the house so I have to plan fun stuff or it will be me and my books and my garden all day every day.

Commuting and attending events, however, eat into writing time. The reasonable course of action is to plan on two days where I don’t write as much. For this coming week, it looks like those days are going to be Monday and Saturday. I have an event planned Friday, but I also took that day off work, so I should still be able to stay on track with my writing goal.

To write 2,500 words a day means writing an hour after work – 2 writing sessions. On the face of it, it doesn’t seem like much of a problem, but I couldn’t get it done previously. Maybe daily exercise and then go right into writing? I wonder if that will work. I know I do need some time away from the computer after working on screens all day for work, but I sneak in a writing session right after I log off work? I’m already in “work mode” and could write some non-fiction like working on my NaNoWriMo Diaries course. Hmm.

I’ll come up with a draft schedule later. Yes, I’m behind. At least it isn’t too far behind yet and I can see why.

These are the important things I’ve learned:

  1. Go to bed on time.
  2. Wake up on time.
  3. Schedule events/activities during the day or early evening because see 1.
  4. Morning journaling is non-negotiable.
  5. Meal prep helps.
  6. Need an evening routine.

As my old EMT teacher kept telling us – Adapt and overcome.

Keep moving forward.


As of Day 21, – 1/21/24

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

41,221 / 42,504/ 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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