Year 2, Month 8, Day 1 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Day off of writing the novel CALLING DEAD: A Cold Poker Gang Novel.
Great fun today on learning. I had a blast, even though I was up too early for me. Talking all day and listening to professionals talk about stories and business and so much more.
For me, this is just heaven. I’ll talk more about what I’ve learned later on, but for now, since I am starting the 8th month of the second year of this challenge without missing a day, I thought I would have a topic tonight that seems about right.
Topic of the Night: Productivity is not a straight line.
What I mean by that is that productivity with your writing can’t always be controlled. Sometimes other things just come to the surface. For example, in January, I spent most of a week in Las Vegas with two old friends playing poker.
(Sorry, that’s important life stuff for me. Yeah, I know, tough life.(grin))
Last month I spent most of a week in Colorado at the Superstars Writing Conference meeting all kinds of great writers and having a blast learning and teaching. So both of those events, plus a bunch of other stuff changing around here really cut into productivity for me. And honestly, that was worth it.
So let me show you how the last calendar year has gone and the total.
FICTION ORIGINAL WORDS
March 2014: 70,250 words
April: 56,025 words
May: 80,650 words
June: 52,800 words
July: 60,750 words
August: 60,450 words
September: 44,000 words
October: 64,300 words
November: 107,400 words
December: 80,850 words
January 2015: 52,100 words
February: 34,050 words
TOTAL FICTION WORDS for the last 12 months… 763,625 words.
That’s not Pulp Speed on fiction yet, but not a bad year. Notice the extreme ups and downs when the day job got in the way, or I took some trip or something. Productivity is not a straight line.
Let me look at my total writing for the last 12 months (not counting answering comments on blogs).
MARCH… 126,050 Words
APRIL… 99,575 Words
MAY… 132,150 Words
JUNE… 105,200 Words
JULY… 105,650 Words
AUGUST… 105,700 Words
SEPTEMBER… 98,300 Words
OCTOBER… 109,000 Words
NOVEMBER… 152,150 Words
DECEMBER… 129,900 Words
JANUARY… 96,400 Words
FEBRUARY… 76,050 Words
So the total words I wrote in the last twelve months, not counting blog responses, is:
That’s between Pulp 2 and Pulp 3 speed.
But the point is look at the months. I had a consistent period from June through October, but then things fire all over the place. That’s why I don’t get stressed about not having great months, or that excited about really good months.
My goal is to just slowly build the word count. My goal this year, from January to December, is get my fiction writing total over Pulp Speed 1, which is 1 million words in a year.
In the first two months, not great months, I wrote about 86,000 words. So I have 914,000 words to make it in ten months. About 92,000 words of fiction per month. I only had one month last year I beat that, so I need to get firing and give the writing more time every day.
And I hope to do that starting this month. Stay tuned.
But again, the key with enjoying your writing is just roll with the ups and downs and keep track and do what you can with your life circumstances.
Make writing fun, not something to stress about, and the words just add right up.
So what is happening this month? Free short story of the week will be starting up. (Patreon subscribers get that a week ahead.) Also, more Sacred Cows, (Patreon subscribers get that early as well.) And Patreon subscribers will start into getting Smith’s Monthly in a week or so. And more New World of Publishing blogs. More topics of the night.
And I have a nonfiction writing craft book to write I will post here as well (Patreon subscribers get the chapters early as well. Brand new project and a fun one.)
Wow, am I excited about March and the coming months. Stay tuned.
Also, last call for March Online workshops. Still room in all of them, and still time to sign up. Jump in, the water’s fine. (grin)
Totals For Year 2, Month 8, Day 1 (as always, all the totals start over)
— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 00 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
— Blog Posts: 700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 700 words
— E-mail: 28 e-mails. Approx. 1,050 original words. E-mails month-to date: 28 e-mails. Approx. 1,050 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers
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