Day 29 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – 3,800

Okay. In order to reach my word count goal for the month I need to write 3,800 words a day through the end of January. Switching from tracking 52-day goals to monthly goals was the right choice. Yearly goals and even 52-day goals allowed me too much leeway. I keep thinking I can do it tomorrow and play catch up, that it’s really not that big of deal.

And even though I’m in a place where I can catch up, the sense of urgency finally made an appearance. To write 3,800 words a day for 3 days means I’ll need to carve out approximately 4 hours or 8 working sessions. There’s a couple of ways that I can plan to accomplish this –

  1. Increasing my morning session from 1.5 hours to 2 hours
  2. Writing 15 minutes during my lunch
  3. Adding an hour writing session between work and dinner
  4. Adding an hour writing session after dinner

Looking at my breakdown, the 15-minute writing snack during lunch isn’t needed, but because I haven’t written 3,800 words in a day in years, I need that cushion.

It’s a good experiment to see if I can do this. Well, I can do it. The only question is how long it’s going to take and if it’s sustainable. Like, if I had to produce good words at a pace of 3,800 words, how could it be done?

One thing I’m going to have to give up today is yoga. Between the hour class and the driving time, the time isn’t there.

One thing I’ll have to deal with is my right wrist. It’s starting to bother me, probably because of the increase in writing. This means it’s time to finally use that voice dictation software I bought a couple of months ago. A good low-risk activity is to try it out when writing these blog posts. I can get used to the software and get it trained on my voice before moving on to more complicated dictation like fiction.

Keep moving forward.

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As of Day 29, – 1/29/24

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

54,272 / 58,696/ 62,744

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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