First, let’s recap my progress (or lack thereof) in writing for the week:
- Jan 27: 2,463 words or 82.10% of my daily goal
- Jan 28: 679 words or 22.63% of my daily goal
- Jan 29: 1,876 words or 62.53% of my daily goal
- Jan 30: 332 words or 11.07% of my daily goal
- Jan 31: 293 words or 9.77% of my daily goal
So, I’m still struggling with consistency. I’m going to try to structure my days a little differently for February and carve out dedicated writing time. In January, I just wrote when I had the time. I think I need to say, “From x – x is my writing time” and tune all other things out during that stretch. Even as I’m working on this blog post, I meant to write some fiction about 2 hours ago and became distracted by returning emails and checking Twitter. Sigh.
Now onto the totals for the month of January:
- Total Words for January: 38,683
- I am happy with this as it’s 38,000 words I might not otherwise have
- Average Daily Wordcount: 1,547.32
- This is the Total Words above divided by 25, which is the number of days where I wrote. I didn’t add the first few days of January as I hadn’t started this exercise yet. For February, I’ll divide by the entire month.
- 41.59% of Monthly Goal completed.
- So less than half. I’m still okay with this because January was the testing month. I did prove on several days that my 3k goal is doable (I hit it 5 days). Thinking back, those were also the days when I didn’t have other things (blog posts, podcasts to edit, job’s to apply for, interviews to do) pulling me in a dozen directions.
I spoke with several authors in January who mentioned interesting things to me, like:
- 1,000 words an hour is a goal – if you can do that, you’re really on the right path.
- 5,000 words a day – yes, you read that correctly, a 5k daily goal sounds ridiculously out of reach for me right now, but knowing there is someone out there doing those kinds of numbers gives me hope and something to aspire to.
- Working on multiple projects can help with (so called) writer’s block – not too many projects all at once, because down that road lies the madness that kept me from getting anything done before, but having 2 projects, maybe, possibly, 3, going at the same time could help. Rather than sitting there staring at the screen because you don’t know what words to put down, switch to beta project and put a few words there, see what shakes loose. I like this approach as it keeps me moving forward.
Discipline. Consistency. These are the things to work on in February.