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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