Word count post for Oct. 27–28, 2016

Oct. 27: 109
Oct. 28: 0

Expected the low counts. In fact, the 109 is the net changes from an edit.

Daily average since 9/19: 1,058 words

I should be writing today, but I’ve been skipping around online most of the day and I’m just about too tired to care. :)

Now, on to a post about the experiment I mentioned a few posts back.

Word count post for Oct. 23–26, 2016

Oct. 23: 3,095
Oct. 24: 218
Oct. 25: 1,982
Oct. 26: 2,281

Daily average since 9/19 (as of Oct. 26): 1,109 words

It’s still trending up. That’s excellent news. I really believe I’m eventually going to get there. 2,000 is a very reasonable number.

I also checked my zero word count days average for every month since I started recording my numbers (it wasn’t as hard as you might think, since I already have a formula in my spreadsheet that already tells me how many I have each month).

My average is 10 zero word days a month.

Of course, that is just an average, but it does give me somewhere to start if I want to reach 2,000 words a day on average over the course of a month. If I write 3,000 words on average every day that I write, and I still maintain the 10 days a month average on zero word days, I’ll end up with about a 2,000 a day average in the long run.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with that yet, but it’s definitely something I’m going to think about. :)

Another trying to write 6,000 words in a day post

Today I’m trying to make up for lost time.

I’ve set aside 8 hours today for writing. I hope to get 14 total 30 minute sessions out of them, unless I finish the book sooner. To get to the estimated word count I originally set for this book, I need to write 6,311 words today. Since I’ve set aside only 8 hours, and at least 1 of those hours will get lost to interruptions, I need to write about 900 words an hour today.

That’s a BIG challenge. :D

I’m up for it. This book is going to end today.

Hang ups that stop me from writing

I don’t work well when I know I have somewhere to be or something to do. Today, there’s a wedding. I had planned to do a lot of writing this morning, because I just haven’t finished that book yet. Have I done that writing? No. Because I keep rearranging my schedule, and because there’s this thing cluttering up my head that tells me I’ve got somewhere to go!

As if I didn’t know that. I’ve even prepared in advance by setting a timer on my phone. Do you think that’s helped? Of course not.

That distracted feeling just won’t leave me. I haven’t been able to focus at all.

Sigh. I hate days like this. I should have been able to get so much done this morning, and now all that time is just gone. Poof. Never to be seen again.

My evening is much less time friendly. And this is it, the day; I really have to finish this book.

Trying to write 6,000 words in one day

Here’s what I’m going to do to try to meet this 6,000 words in a day goal.

Well, first:

  1. These need to be final copy words or very close to it.
  2. They’ll all be on one story, because I really need to finish this book to meet my personal deadline.

Here’s how I’m going to structure this:

  1. I’m going to write in 30 minute sessions.
  2. I have 4 massive 4 hour blocks scheduled on my calendar. 7:30 to 11:30, 12:30 to 4:30
  3. I want to complete 7 sessions in each 4 hour block.
  4. I want to reach 858 wph average over all the sessions.
  5. I want to reach 3,000 words for each 4 hour block.

There it is: the plan. I’ve been trying this for days, tbh, but today is the first day where I’m going to be trying 30 minute sessions, and where I’ve laid out how a goal number of sessions I want to finish in each block.

Wish me luck. :)

FYI, I got SO lucky yesterday. No jury duty today! The case that was scheduled for court today is off the docket. Or something like that. That means I have the day to work on finishing this book. :)

Here’s how things stand at 4:24 pm:

  1. This is working well today
  2. I’m completely outside these windows now and nowhere near where I should be on number of sessions from (1) above
  3. Got through 4 in block 1 and sitting at 6 total all day a few minutes from the end of block 2
  4. My pace is 746 wph so far
  5. I haven’t even yet reached the first 3,000 of the day

I have to stop at 7:30 pm to make a book cover, unless I decide to put it off in favor of more writing. I’m still planning to write as much as possible, because even if I don’t hit 6,000 words today, I’m feeling close to the end of this book and I’d love to finish it tonight. :)


Word count post for Oct. 19–20, 2016

Oct. 19: 1,162
Oct. 20: 2,906

Considering the number of words I was trying to write on those two days (6,000), I’d say those are pretty grim numbers.

On the other hand, it’s a 2,000 words a day average, so yay?

Daily average since 9/19: 978 words.

I’ve improved. It’s been a month now, and I’m up to 978 words a day, which is actually fantastic compared to my average for the month before (which was 15 words a day, not kidding).

Since I’m not going to move my start day for this average, it’s going to take me a long time to get it up to 2,000 at this point. According to my spreadsheet, I need 31,722 words above 2,000 a day to catch up.

Word count post for Oct. 16–18, 2016

Oct. 16: 612
Oct. 17: 1,299
Oct. 18: 4,013

I picked up some steam yesterday (the 18th), but I haven’t had much follow on success today.

Also, yesterday I was actually trying to hit 6,000 words, so that was a bit of a fail. I’m not crying over it or anything, though. Writing 4,013 words in a day is a good day for me.

Daily average since 9/19: 910 words.