Day 68 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Everyday

What does a professional writer do every day? How can I do those things every day?

A long time ago I got the bright idea to walk a half-marathon. I’m glad I did it. I searched the internet for a training schedule and took myself to the local running store to buy shoes. The sales person at the store viewed me with skepticism as he should have. My overweight self told him that I was walking a half-marathon with no outside support and no feedback.

My friends, that was not a smart thing to do. After I finished the half-marathon, my body let me know just how not smart of a thing that was not to do. The thing that kept me going was one thought that I could not argue with – if I do the things that half-marathoners do every day then one day I’ll be a half-marathoner.

I didn’t concentrate on walking 13.1 miles. I concentrated on doing what the schedule told me to do that day.

I guess that’s why I’m obsessed with the every day. If I do what professional writers do each day and focus on day segments, then I’ll be a professional writer.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve started posting these articles later in the day rather than in the morning. It’s because I’ve started playing around with what’s a priority. I already noticed that my energy lags as the day wears on. That makes sense. I am, however, becoming ruthless when it comes to the first hours of the day that are mine before I log onto work.

I’m playing around with my priorities. I still draft these posts when I wake up as a sort of warm up for the day and I enjoy them. Next comes my fictional projects and what comes after that is the question.

Typically, I’d post these on my website and my various social media sites and then listen to a lecture of one of the classes I’m taking or study a short story or book I enjoy. I’ve noticed that the process after finishing is one I haven’t prioritized.

So. Next experiment is to move the priority to getting out new work – self-publishing or submitting – as the second priority after writing new words. Here’s how my current priorities look:

  1. New words
  2. Getting new fictional words out into the world
  3. Newsletter/Website
  4. Class
  5. Reading

The priorities are listed in importance and what’s easier for me to do.

Writing new words is the highest priority. Without writing new words, nothing happens and there’s nothing to imrpove. After all, a writer writes.

Getting new fictional words out into the world is my rate-limiting step. My spreadsheet has made this obvious. That means I need to prioritize that.

Writing these posts and my newsletters is fun. I haven’t had problems meeting that goal.

Learning new things and seeing how I can incorporate them into my writing routine is also fun. And I currently have a book on deck I’m eager to finish.

Let’s see how this every day goes.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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As of Day 68, – 3/8/24

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

126,674 /137,632 / 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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