Day 50 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log –Unexpected Insights

Wow. Day 50. And I’m still here. If I only wrote fiction and was on track, I’d have a book by now – either a collection of short stories or a whole novel. Like, wow. That didn’t take long. Just consistency an old childhood desk, a wrist brace, and a dream, y’all.

But one thing writing this much and this consistently has taught me is to be careful of who I let into my head. When I mention objections to a certain belief, I might write it’s because I’ve heard those beliefs, not just from myself but from people around me. I allowed those people to be in my life and now I’m dealing with the consequences.

Going forward, I’m being ruthless with the voices I choose to listen to. You want to provide help? Let me know when I’m about to walk off a cliff? I’m all for that. Tell me my blind spots so I can fix them. But the whole – oh, I don’t know if you can really achieve that? Like, who needs more of that in their life? Either provide practical steps, something I can use, or access will be denied.

I’m intentionally flooding myself with the voices who have aspects of the life I want. Those are the people I need to listen to. I don’t think I would have figured out how detrimental that negative feedback loop was until I started writing every day. It’s easier to see patterns – good and bad – in my writing and in my life.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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As of Day 50, – 2/19/24

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

97,288 / 101,200 / 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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