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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Week's Productivity (Audience Participation Encouraged)

Don't forget that the reasons for doing this, the encouragement of your participation, and the guidelines for how to participate if you want to are here.  A robust thread of writers chiming in with their goals and how close they came to them along with encouragement from others would be an AWESOME thing to see here.

This week.

Uncounted Writing*: Current Goal- 20 hours  This week: 35+ hours.  Next Week's Goal: 20 hours.
Word Count:  Current Goal: 7000  This week: About 5000  Next Week's Goal: 7000  
Hours Revising**: Current Goal 15 hours  This Week: 9 hours  Next Week: 15 hours.
Hours Reading***:  Current Goal: 30 hours This Week: 28 hours Next Week: 30 hours.
Submissions: Current Goal 1/month  Made in April: None (yet)
I am working to polish a story called "Penumbra."  It's not my best work, but it is probably my first short story I really felt like I got to the end point, and I'd like to see if I can find a zine or something for it.

*Blogs, journals, promps that will never go anywhere, long G+ replies trying to explain privilege to white, het, males who develop a sudden inability to work Google when it comes to learning what that word means, etc...
**Any draft that is being completely rewritten rather than picked and poked at counts as writing.
***At least half of this must be fiction.  (Preferably more.)

These are not my eventual goals.  For example, I honestly hope to put in more like 17,500 words a week (and as much as 35,000 if I manage to tag that consistently).  However I don't want to raise my goals for next week until I hit my current ones.  Also, uncounted writing is something I always want to do (because everything writers write should NOT be for eventual publication) but NOT something I want to overdo.  The goal for that isn't to go up or down because it's something every writer should do a little of, but not something they want to spend too much time on.

As you can see, I feel very short, very badly.  You may all throw stinky cheese at me.  The beauty of a system like this is that it's shockingly easy to see what's happening.  I'm still spending too much time blogging. Writing About Writing isn't QUITE to the point where I can just sort of run it on autopilot, so it is taking more than the 2-3 hours a day I planned to give it.  Some of that is improving each day as I learn to sit down and write without procrastinating.  Some of that is improving as I get into a groove and think of articles I can write ahead of time.  (If my imagination turned off right NOW, I think I have enough ideas stored up to run the blog for a year.)  Some of that is improving as I simply learn to look at W.A.W. as results based job that is going to take as long as it takes and the sooner I'm done, the sooner I can move on.  So I'm hoping to see better numbers next week.  In a way, right now, improvement is my only real goal since I'm in a major transition point in life.  The entire reason I put off starting this weekly report for so long was that I knew last week (and last month) the numbers would be even worse.

Now it's your turn.  Come on!  What do you have to lose ? (Except possibly the pretentious sense that you are going to get somewhere without putting any real effort into it). 

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