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Monthly Recap

77628-20120825August 2014 Recap

Hey guys,

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 website intermittently for the remainder of the month.

Total stats on

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.
08/07/14 Journal entry.
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.
08/11/14  — Journal entry.
08/12/14 Journal entry.
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.
 08/19/14  948 39 Notes.
 08/20/14  1095 Blog post: An Interview w/ Myself on Online Word Processors…
 08/21/14  900 45 Brainstorming ideas for novel project.
 08/22/14 Emails.
 08/23/14  240 Writing conference.
 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.
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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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