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Friday, October 1, 2010

September Stat Check

During the month of September, I wrote on 25 of the days!
I wrote five chapters (approximately 12,000 words) of a novel
I made 5 submissions
I received 4 rejections
I have 7 stories currently in slush pile circulation
I took between 1 and 14 days to resubmit a story after a rejection
I made 11 blog posts
Between writing, the blog, and Critters, I took 3 days off

Analysis
When it comes to the craft, this has been my best month ever.  I'm on a streak at the moment:  24 solid days of writing and counting!  Some days have been small (200-300 words, one as low as 150) and others are much larger (1300 words.)  I'm very happy with the fact that I haven't had an overwhelming desire to stop and do nothing--and each day of this streak makes me want to not break it even more.  I think if I can get over 30 days, I'll be posting a ticker on the side of my blog saying "Days Without Not Writing."  Of course, I'm going to take a day off sooner or later.  We all need breaks, even from things we love, or we can burn out.  But right now I'm really happy with this streak.

I know that I really need to kick my word count into higher gear though.  As I've said before, I'm planning on participating (in one way or another) in NaNoWriMo this year, and the minimum daily word count to reach 50,000 in one month is 1,670--and I haven't hit that yet.  My husband already knows he'll see less of me that month because I'll be escaping to my office and closing the door regularly, leaving the boys to play together.  It's just for a month, after all!

My goals for October are to keep plugging away at my novel, catch up on Critters (been neglecting it, oops,) do research and outlining for my next novel, and make about 10 blog posts.

Happy Pumpkin Season!  (I plan to make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies either tonight or this weekend!  Yum!)

3 comments:

David Barron said...

That looks great! I count Daily Writing and Finishing amongst the pillars of "Being a Writer".

Marina J. Lostetter said...

Yay for productivity! Good luck with NaNoWriMo, I don't think I've got the stamina for such a project (perhaps one day...). Do you already have your idea in place? I assume you're allowed to plot and note before Nov 1st, right? I'll be rooting for you!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and thanks for giving me a new link for my favorites list ;-)

Eileen Rhoadarmer said...

Ooh! Always fun to be on somebody's favorite's list! Thanks for stopping by!