2020: A writing year in review – by the numbers

So, it’s been a while since you heard from me.

I have been writing since I went radio silent at the end of December. I will likely do a three-week recap of what I wrote next weekend.

In the meantime, I went over the numbers for this year. I also compared them to the first two full years that I have data regarding my writing output. Basically, I took a slight step back.

You already saw my first half of the year stats. Here are the second half of the year stats and end of year stats for 2020. Just as a reminder, the daily writing goals met (DWGM) percentages are the times where I met my writing quota for a particular day (either 500 or more words written or 30 minutes worth of revisions or planning). They are:

  • Jul:
    • Words: 22,905
    • Revise/Plan: 90 minutes
    • DWGM: 48%
  • Aug:
    • Words: 14,693
    • Revise/Plan: 120
    • DWGM: 46%
  • Sep:
    • Words: 20,324
    • Revise/Plan: 420
    • DWGM: 77%
  • Oct:
    • Words: 10,399
    • Revise/Plan: 480
    • DWGM: 50%
  • Nov:
    • Words: 16,966
    • Revise/Plan: 360
    • DWGM: 68%
  • Dec:
    • Words: 9,173
    • Revise/Plan: 480
    • DWGM: 57%
  • 2nd:
    • Words (total): 94,460
    • Words (avg.) 15,743
    • Revise/Plan (total): 1,950
    • Revise/Plan (avg.) 325
    • DWGM (avg.): 58%
  • 2020:
    • Words (total): 208.919
    • Words (avg.): 17,410
    • Revise/Plan (total): 4,290
    • Revise/Plan (avg.): 358
    • DWGM (avg.): 62%

It’s a bit of a fall-off from the first part of the year.

Now, the year-by-year count:

  • 2020:
    • Words (total): 208.919
    • Words (avg.): 17,410
    • Revise/Plan (total): 4,290
    • Revise/Plan (avg.): 358
    • DWGM (avg.): 62%
  • 2019:
    • Words (total): 193,881
    • Words (avg.) 16,157
    • Revise/Plan (total):  8,865
    • Revise/Plan (avg.): 739
    • DWGM (avg.): 78%
  • 2018:
    • Words (total): 53,878
    • Words (avg.): 4,490
    • Revisions (total): 8,955
    • Revisions (avg.): 746
    • DWGM (avg.): 52%

So, 2020 is the leader among all years for total words. It is lower than 2018 and 2019 in revisions and planning. It is considerably better than 2018 in meeting my quotas, but it fell off from the 2019 averages.

What might be the reasons for that? To be honest, my move this year might have caused some disruptions. Lately, I’ve been ambivalent about blogging and putting things out – I wonder if I’m getting too repetitive or considering it more of a grind than something that gives me a sense of accomplishment. The fact that I’ve been doing a blog for more than three years is an accomplishment in and of itself, considering how I would start and then abandon writing projects repeatedly as a younger person.

I think that the only thing that I can do is to try and be more consistent at writing and keeping track of it. As I said at the start of this process, I’m doing this for me, to improve myself as a writer and to keep myself accountable to myself. If I want to call myself a writer, I have to write, no matter how many JD Salingers and Harper Lees there have been out there. I don’t want to pass away and not have contributed something, regardless of whether I become a world-famous writer (hehe) or not.

I have made progress toward that goal, but as the numbers tell you, I can do a lot better. That’s my wish for 2021 going forward.

All you writers keep writing and everyone keep safe.

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Writing Journal 12.28.2020: Guess who got really lazy this month? Me.

[Author’s Note: The feature photo for this post is my bed because since I’ve been so lazy, that seems to be the only thing that could properly symbolize the past three weeks for me. Anyway, enjoy.]

Where, oh where has Liegois been for the past few weeks? The mind reels…

Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com

Actually, it’s not too hard of an explanation to make. Since I’ve decided to make time out of my busy schedule (during winter break, ha ha) to sit down and post a blog, I might as well give as full of an explanation as I can.



– As usual, a hiatus in my writing means that I’m stuck on something that I’d rather not finish or I’m not in the mood to finish. Usually, I get around that by writing the exciting parts of a story I’m working on first and then maybe get to the sucky parts later (or maybe not, and all the better for it). It’s difficult to do this in the serialized fan fiction that I’m working on at the moment.



If there is one way COVID-19 has affected me personally (and let me hope that is the only way it affects me), it and my move out to south central Iowa has put a bit of a damper on any attempts at “serious” writing. It’s usually not a good idea to try and have meet and greets and signings for books in the midst of a pandemic, I’m still not knowledgeable about the writing scene here and in Des Moines, and my day job has been taking up a lot of my head space. Bottom line, that has been put on hold. (Maybe now was a good time to get into writing some fan fiction?)

Anyway, I’ve pushed through the writing blocks, taken all of the mental vacations possible, and now I’m getting back to writing. I never really stopped, actually, except for a few days in a row. It’s certainly not the type of production I was hoping for. Here’s to a massively productive last week of 2020 to put me over the top.

I’m not sure what my numbers are looking like for this year, to be honest. People who have read this before might know I keep track of that metadata. I’ll have to get a new “in-review” post for 2020 ready soon, maybe as soon as this week. Next week I’ll have off for part of it, but I’ll have to get work done once again.

Also, all of my posting on my social media sites for writing on Facebook and Twitter have dwindled down to just reposts of my blogs. I’m really not as enthused about posting regularly as I used to be. I’m not spending as much time as I used to on social media at all.

Part of that is my growing distaste for Facebook in particular, for the misinformation and basically racist material it has allowed to be posted on its site. It’s very clear to me that the only thing it cares about is cash. The only reason I maintain an account on Facebook now (I deleted the app from my phone for the fifth time last month and that has finally stuck) is to keep in contact with family and old friends. I have a small bit of nostalgia for my Facebook writing page because it was the first one I created under my own name. (I am slightly more active on my writing Twitter, but not by much.)

The minute there is a better alternative out there for me, I will be happy to move to that place. If the federal government wants to break up Facebook for monopoly purposes, I would be one of the first ones applauding. (End of semi-political rant.)

Now, it will be time to write to my heart’s content and get a whole bunch of things accomplished in the last week of the year, write some more blogs that have been lingering around in my drafts ahahahah…

Well, we’ll see what I actually accomplish.

Anyway, here’s the stats. Writers keep writing and everyone keep safe.

Week of 12.6.2020:
+1,424 words written.
Days writing: 2 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 2 of 7 for 180 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 3 of 7 days.

Week of 12.13.2020:
+1,036 words written.
Days writing: 3 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 0 of 7 for 0 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 3 of 7 days.

Week of 12.20.2020:
+4,004 words written.
Days writing: 4 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 2 of 7 for 120 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 6 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 12.6.2020: Thanksgiving inspires little but sloth

Not much writing, so not much to write about.

Part of that is I’m at one of those chapters that I realize is a bit of filler although there will be some romantic action in it. It’s part of my patience difficulty – I’m writing this fan fiction in linear order when I got used to writing in my own order before. Normally I’d just delay writing it or even move on totally, but serialized writing is not quite fitting that. No matter, however – I will get through it eventually.

Also nearly no motivation for other blogging as well. I have some good thoughts, but not so much the motivation to get down and put them on the electronic screen. Where that is coming from, I’m not sure. Covid and my move to south central Iowa have short-circuited promo ideas for past and future books. I’ll likely get back to that when life returns to some semblance of order.

I’ll include the stats for that last two weeks below. No real disasters but nothing to brag about.

Sorry for being abrupt, this is what it sounds like when I’m forcing myself to blog.

Take care everyone and you writers keep writing.

Week of Nov. 22, 2020:
+4,881 words written.
Days writing: 4 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 2 of 7 for 120 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions):  5 of 7 days.

Week of Nov. 29, 2020:
+1,280 words written.
Days writing: 2 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 3 of 7 for 180 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 4 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 11.22.2020: Ups and downs over November

Hey, letting everyone know I’m not dead, just procrastinating.

The procrastination affected me two weeks ago, for sure, but I had a great week last week. You’ll see the totals below.

I’m totally stalling on more blog entries. They are coming (maybe), but it’s been hard to self-motivate. I can start to relate to some of my students who absolutely hate doing work in the classroom. I recently read something that procrastination is not something that stems from mental weakness and/or laziness but as an avoidance from unpleasant experiences. That seems to fit with my experiences. Now I think I need to do some research on what I can do to fight that, because it kicks me just as hard as any student.

IRL, my 20-year-old kid has moved back in with us to get himself resettled, more or less. He is living in a totally new community, but he has been game to get adjusted and find work in his field (heating and air conditioning). With my daughter back for Thanksgiving break from her college, we have a packed house… and I’m happy about it.

Anyway, I’m listing the totals before. Hope I see an improvement over the previous year, but I have at least another month to run up the totals, so to speak.

Writers keep writing, and everyone keep safe.

Week of 11.8.2020:
+2,662 words written.
Days writing: 5 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 0 of 7 for 0 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 2 of 7 days.
Week of 11.15.2020:
+6,118 words written.
Days writing: 5 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 2 of 7 for 180 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 6 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 11.9.2020: Yeah, it’s pretty late. IRL stuff, you know

Yeah, and I’ve been lazy about the whole blogging thing.

Much of it has been I have been trying to knock myself out of what I’m considering a writing slump. I’m also a bit more motivated in recent weeks to work on my fiction rather than nonfiction. However, I now have two Writer’s Biography blogs in the development stages that might be of interest. Hopefully they can come out soon.

As you will see from the stats below, I’m doing better than the previous two weeks if you compare the numbers. Last week was more consistent, while the week before had better production.

Everyone keep safe, because more people are getting sick. Take care.

Week of 10.25.2020:
+3,339 words written.
Days writing: 6 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 3 of 7 for 210 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 4 of 7 days.

Week of 11.1.2020:
+3,305 words written.
Days writing: 4 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 2 of 7 for  60 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 6 of 7 days.


Writing Journal 10.26.2020: Slow October, but I’m glad I didn’t just give up

Not too much to write about right now, but I’ll update you quickly.

Usually when I get into a writing lull, my instinct was to just give up and not just putter around with something. These past two weeks have been different, however. I gave myself permission to write less than my quota when I wasn’t feeling things, or when it was a struggle to put together the fiction scenes that I wanted. What happened was, I kept writing. I gave myself permission to not write my best. As a result, I kept writing, and in the end, I think that was the important thing.

I’ve been noticing that I am getting hung up on working on blog stuff because it’s harder for me to keep a running track of my word count when I’m working on a blog draft. I think that I have to do something similar to what I am doing with my big fiction writing, but I hadn’t gotten around to it. I think I will now. That will motivate me to finish up at least a couple of other blog post ideas I have been sitting on for a while, inspired in part by my recent move.

At some point, I’m going to motivate myself to check out my Liegois Media Facebook page and see if there are some funny posts to make. To be honest, I am almost over Facebook as a company and a way of life. They are genuinely not interested in the best interests of its users whose data and activities they are using to sell ads and provide a time sink that gives those users nothing but headaches. The only reason I am still on there is to possibly reach those who might be interested in my writing. Twitter is marginally better, so I think I will continue to maintain my Liegois Media Twitter handle for some time to come.

Anyway, here are the stats for this past two weeks. I improved last week, so that is something, at least. Writers keep writing, and the rest of you keep safe.

Week of 10.11.2020:
+1,831 words written.
Days writing: 5 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 1 of 7 for 90 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 3 of 7 days.
Week of 10.18.2020:
+3,001 words written.
Days writing: 5 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 1 of 7 for 120 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 3 of 7 days.

Writing Journal, 10.11.2020: Slow start to October, to be honest

Not much to write about for the past two weeks, because… I haven’t been doing much writing. At least, not as much as I want.

Work has been busy, enough so that I’ve looked longingly at my father’s retirement-life schedule. 🙂 But, I am getting through things.

I’ve been a little disappointed that I have not had the mental energy to try and reach out to fellow writers in the Des Moines area or my town’s area to try and network. Part of that is COVID, and part of that has been the grind that any typical school year is.

I think another issue is that I’m beginning to get really over Facebook, which might still be the best way to get in contact with other writers or network. Frankly, if it was not for this blog and its “companion page” on Facebook, I would delete my account for sure. I have deleted the app from my phone for at least the fifth or sixth time and it has stayed off, to my delight.

That’s not to say I’m not online. I’m staying on Reddit and Twitter, although I only go on Twitter sporadically. I spend a lot of time on Archive Of Our Own (AO3), the fan fiction site where I have been posting my most recent writings. There are several stories there I am following, and it has been a great mental break to read stuff there.

I think I will wrap it up there. Not sure if I will continue to post journal entries every two weeks or try and get it back up to weekly. I will see.

The stats for the last two weeks are below. The first week I exceeded my quota: 500 words per day over the week or the planning/revising equivalent (30 minute per day), which would add up to 3,500 words per week or the equivalent. The second week I wasn’t so lucky.

Keep safe, everyone.

Week of 9.27.2020:
+4,151 words written.
Days writing: 6 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 2 of 7 for 90 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 6 of 7 days.

Week of 10.4.2020:
+2,228 words written.
Days writing: 4 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 2 of 7 for 60 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 4 of 7 days.