August 2014 Recap
Welcome to September!
I talked a bit ago about being accountable for my writing time, just as a general idea, and what I’ve found is that I REALLY like putting something down every day that I spent time working on my writing. There are a couple of blank days in there (see “10 Ways To Handle Failure Without Committing Artistic Suicide“).
Here’s a breakdown of the numbers. Please pardon any inaccuracies, they are unintended.
The first 22 days, I was doing great. I wrote something every day, and then… I had a long day out in the heat and missed my word count. Bummer. Since I blew the streak for the month that I was working on, I used my 750words.com website intermittently for the remainder of the month.
Total stats on 750words.com:
I have written 24,602 words this month and finished 23 days. By contrast, in July 2014 I wrote 22,204 words and finished 24 days. In July, I did more partial days more scattered out and the majority of my entries were journal entries, not writing-related.
Here’s a day-by-day breakdown:
|Date||Word Count||Time (in minutes)||Summary of Activity|
|08/01/14||804||52||Took notes for book I’m reading, “Blogging For Creatives”.|
|08/02/14||1011||172||Workshop (2 hrs). Wrote review for Stacy Henrie’s “Hope at Dawn” (52 min)|
|08/03/14||1595||90||1st draft written for article covering 02/02 workshop.|
|08/04/14||759||114||Brainstorming ideas for future blog posts.|
|08/05/14||877||26||Drafted post on writing conferences and saving $$.|
|08/06/14||2172||38||Drafted follow-up article on writing conferences.|
|08/08/14||767||8||Cut/pasted notes on science fiction research from Thurs. night.|
|08/09/14||1393||—||Cut/pasted outlining for novel project from Thurs. night.|
|08/10/14||1522||32||Brainstorming ideas for novel project.|
|08/13/14||757||54||Step 1 of Snowflake Method worked on.|
|08/14/14||762||200||Step 1 of Snowflake Method completed.|
|08/15/14||1445||40||Documented one of the strangest dark fantasy dreams I’ve ever had.|
|08/16/14||784||75||Steps 1 and Step 2 of Snowflake Method worked on.|
|08/17/14||1134||37||Character development for novel project.|
|08/18/14||761||29||Brainstorming ideas for novel project.|
|08/20/14||1095||—||Blog post: An Interview w/ Myself on Online Word Processors…|
|08/21/14||900||45||Brainstorming ideas for novel project.|
|08/24/14||—||360||Drafted Fall 2014 newsletter (4 hours). Blog post: 10 Ways to Deal w/ Failure… (2 hours)|
|08/25/14||—||135||Revised 08/02 workshop article (90 min). Research on Victorian Britain.|
|08/26/14||851||—||Blog post: The Heart of #Ferguson|
|08/27/14||1187||52||Blog post: What I, a Non-Catholic, Discovered While Praying the Rosary|
|08/28/14||—||180||Writing mtg (2 hrs). Edit/schedule future book reviews for blog (1 hr).|
|08/29/14||—||300||Drafted newsletter samples.|
|08/30/14||—||180||Drafted newsletter samples.|
|08/31/14||711||60||Blog post: 10 Books That Still Resonate With Me.|