Day 75 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Consistency

Sometimes the best that I can do is to get to the computer and write a page. Yesterday was one of those days. I almost blew off but got in my 250 words. It’s a page. It’s a bit forward and will help me keep momentum with my work.

Daylight savings time threw me for more than a loop than I expected. I like that I can now take walks outside after work. It’s a way of clearing my mind and a clear delineation from the work life. For a couple of days, I’ve been using a bird identifying app – Merlin ID – on the trails. Turns out the red cardinal sounds like a siren. Who knew? The downside is my body thinks I’m waking up earlier than usual and my body doesn’t like that.

It’s a change and so that just means it takes a while to get used to it.

This morning, I was thinking about consistency and how consistent and absolutely boring folks are who master their work. All right. When I say boring, I mean from the outside. We expect the flashes of creative genius like what’s shown in movies when really it’s just – do the work, release the work, study the work. It’s a life, not a moment.

So, when I read reviews of certain craft books or videos and people say – oh, there’s nothing new. They’re right. There is nothing new. The hard part is getting up every day and getting to the page. The good thing is that I’ve got plenty of experience being consistent.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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Tracking

As of Day 75, – 3/15/24

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

140,962 / 151,800 / 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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