Day 42 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log –1,000 words by 1 pm

When I first started tracking my food intake, I tended to undereat during the morning and then overeat after 3 pm. Between a light lunch and skipping a mid-afternoon snack, by the time 6:00 pm rolled around I was ready to abandon dreams of seeing lab results in the normal range. A doctor suggested I eat more during the day. I did not understand what “more” meant. “More” was not quantifiable. So, after experimentation, I came up with something that worked – 1,000 calories by 1 pm.

It didn’t work all the time, but I could tell when I didn’t eat that number of calories by 1 pm to start to get concerned if my calories were too low after lunch.

I’ve been playing with doing something similar when it comes to writing – 1,000 words by 1 pm. That would mean I could get in a morning session and could sneak in a page or two of writing during lunch. 1,000 words is not my word count goal, but it starts the momentum of the day. Then, when I log off work, I can tell myself – it’s only 1,000 words, set the timer and get to work.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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As of Day 42, – 2/11/24

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

80,919 / 85,008/ 740,784

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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