Day 7 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Building

This morning before I tackled my works in progress (currently working on a novel and a short story), I started building my content calendar for the year.

Because I’m the type of writer who gets several ideas about a certain subject all at once, I’m currently keeping track of ideas on a spreadsheet. For example, I’ve wanted to publish a short story collection of my winter holiday short stories for years. Instead of keeping it in my head, I threw it on a different sheet of the same file I use for my newsletter content calendar.

It isn’t fancy. It’s just a place that I touch every day. I see what’s interesting, what spots are empty. It gives the project space to breathe. My current goal is to include 15 stories in the collection. From what I can put my hands on, I have 7 stories right now that can go in the collection – 6 published and 1 unpublished. That means, I need to write an additional 8 short stories.

I also have 2 holiday short stories on submission. If they get rejected, that means 2 more stories for the collection. So, the collection will go from 15 to 17 stories.

The author Sarah Addison Allen writes a short story advent calendar for social media that I love. I want to do something like that, too. Short snippets limited to stories that can fit on an Instagram graphic. That idea has its own spreadsheet.

I’m a builder. It’s the same way with my novels, it turns out. I cringe at thinking through every plot point   before writing the first sentence, but the tools of a plotter are extremely helpful for keeping track of specific story elments.  For example, when the character gives a bit of their back story, I can copy that sentence and throw it on a worksheet that I can refer back to.

Today’s the first day of yoga class. It’s a good way of figuring out how to adjust my writing schedule when 2nd quarter rolls around and I’m training for the Peachtree Road Race 10k.

I also really need to start playing with a way of inventorying my stories. Spreadsheet? Database? Hmm… With this challenge, it’s going to be more important than ever to organize my work.


As of Day 7 – 1/7/24

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

14,768/14,168/ 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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