Month two, and it was enough of a success that I have trouble feeling down about the goals I did not meet.
General stats for the month: 52 thousand words edited, 4 thousand fresh words written, and around a thousand words in other forms of writing. The good? That’s a lot of editing. That represents me submitting two additional pieces, bringing me to four for the year, which is more than I submitted last year in total. A majority of those edits were for the two submissions, proving to myself that I can submit and edit quickly to reach deadlines. These are new things to me.
The bad of course, is that I didn’t get a lot of actual fresh writing done. However, that paltry 4 thousand words represents two complete stories and a third that was outlined and started (before it hit a wall).
Other statistics: This represents over sixty hours of work according to my logs. That both under and over represents the time, since not all time I log is productive (sometimes my words-per-hour get down below 400, which generally means I’m messing around), but the total also does not represent time spent reading, re-reading, thinking, planning, or any other work that takes place when not in front of a computer. The primary example of this would be my red-line edits, which I do the old fashioned way, with a red pen.
And now for some charts, or one chart rather:
I felt like I was far more consistent this month, but I can see now that isn’t supported by the data. There was a distinct lull within one week into the month. After two weeks, I managed to get back on my feet again, posting several days and far exceeding my goals. I think that simply raised my averages to the point that I felt better. The submissions though are driving my work, concentrating my efforts into the beginning and end of the month.
So, what’s in the works for March?
I’ve got four submissions I want to get out the door. FOUR. And if I fall into the same habit represented by the above graph, then I’m going to fail. I need to get things edited, polished, and submitted ahead of these last minute deadlines, not just this month, but in general. But, we learn by challenging ourselves, not just in terms of what we can do, but in better ways to do it. Hopefully, I’ll get the fires stoked earlier, and get two of my four ready to go before mid-month. (and, I’m actually already on course for that.)
And a final note, I caught up my short fall from January, and I am now over my 50k a month (writing and editing) goal, as well as doubling my goal of submitting monthly. That is progress, at the very least in terms of my motivation, commitment, and output.