Writing Journal 8.26.2018 Part II: The numbers

As I promised you yesterday, the numbers:

+282 words written.

Days writing: 1 out of 7.

Days revising: 1 out of 7 for 30 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Made (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 1 out of 7 days.

Yeah, not very impressive. I’ll start some more revisions tonight, at least. I might even have a bonus post on Friday… stay tuned.


Writing Journal 8.26.2018 Part I: Essentially took a break

Yeah, I didn’t get too much done this week.

I’ll post the numbers, such as they are, in a later post for either tonight or later tomorrow night – had some family obligations, etc., for during the day today. They won’t be much.


1. Just finished most recent revision on my WIP and I think I had to take a few days break from the story before diving back into it.

2. Toying with what, if any, of the projects I have in the virtual trunk that I should consider moving forward with as a rough draft. Not sure 🤔 of the answer to that.

3. My first (relatively) full week of school at the new district and getting ready for another week of a fully full week on a block schedule for my high schoolers on one hand and a totally different schedule for the middle schoolers on my roster. It will be an interesting juggling match.

So, those were the contributing factors behind the scenes. Hope to make forward progress this week. I’ll send the follow up to this post later tonight or tomorrow night.

Also, I think I’ll have an interesting midweek post (Friday, maybe, instead?) on a project that fell through – an attempt at a book length nonfiction title and the reasons for it.

That’s it for now; I’ll write more later.

Writing Journal, 8.19.2018: Staying the same, but I met a goal this week

OK, it’s time for listing what happened this week, and what happened was:

+350 words written.

Days writing: 1 out of 7.

Days revising: 5 out of 7 for 210 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 5 out of 7 days.

So, not horrific, but on the face of it, not ambitious.

However, I did meet the goal that I set out for myself last week. I finished the third revision of my Work In Progress (WIP), The American Nine. I made my main character a bit more unsure of himself, and things a little harder than what he expected in his climb to success. I was following the advice of my beta readers on that score. And, I managed to slice enough words from the WIP so that a 97,000+-word manuscript is now 92,000-plus words. I love cutting my manuscript down to size.

So, what’s next on the agenda? I wanted to get my manuscript finished to 3.0 status, and I believe that it is there. Now, I want to get it to 5.0 or even 6.0 status before I even entertain trying to mass query publishers regarding this manuscript. That means at least one more revision that tackles the style of the WIP and any additional information needed to make it work. Then, obviously, it would require a full proofreading edit.

I also need to check in with my publisher regarding The Holy Fool so that I can eventually offer you something to read for a decent price. I want that to happen this year, and that is my ambition. More information on that later.

That’s all for now; I’ll write more later.

Writing Journal 8.12.2018: Numbers stable, but I’ve got a new short-term goal

Decided to give you a shot of the Mississippi River today to accompany this entry. (I wasn’t around this part of the river today, but I decided to make this work.)

Anyway, the numbers.

+395 words written.

Days writing: 1 out of 7.

Days revising: 5 out of 7 for 300 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 4 out of 7 days.

From a statistical standpoint, the numbers are more or less flat from last week’s performance. As I mentioned during the last piece, the end of my summer break is approaching and I am genuinely curious as to how much my work schedule will affect my writing activity.

A bit of this is unknown, since I am going to a new district with new duties. I have an idea of what they will be like, but it is a new culture, unknown students, etc. You never know what you are getting into until you are truly into it. I have to say that I truly enjoyed my previous district for the past three years and had no complaints about the workload I had or the support I had from staff and administration. I am getting similar good feelings and impressions from the new district, as well.

So, as an added short-term motivational tool, I have determined to finish my most recent revision of my WIP, The American Nine. I’m currently at page 237 out of 317, and I think that I can wrap that latest revision up by the end of this week. I definitely think that can be done.

I’ll get started on that later tonight, but I’m going to get some social media posts lined up for the next few days first.

That’s it for now; I’ll have more later.


Writing Journal 8.5.2018: I start getting a little more active as the “Sunday” portion of my summer vacation dawns

Hi, everyone.

Things slumped a bit at the beginning of the week, but some good revising sessions at the end of it made the numbers an improvement over last week. The numbers in question:

+422 words written.

Days writing: 1 out of 7.

Days revising: 3 out of 7 for 300 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 4 out of 7 days.

So, that was… encouraging, at least. Forward rather than backward momentum is always good, right?

Just to update, I am on the third draft of my work in progress (WIP) The American Nine (check the older posts if you don’t know what I’m talking about). I feel good about taking some earlier advice about raising the stakes for my main character. This process feeling like it has been far easier than what I thought it would be, considering he is 17-18 at the time of the book and is still trying to grow and find his confidence. It has only taken some additional or altered descriptions to recast the character. I’ve also managed to trim down the WIP so far from 94,000 words-plus in the second draft to 92,000 words-plus currently. The first draft was slightly over 97,000 words. Cutting your drafts is a good thing.

I’ll get back to writing new stuff maybe after that third draft is finished. Maybe not. Maybe it will be before then.

As it is the first week of August, I am now in the “Sunday” portion of my summer vacation, if summer could be defined as one long weekend. I’m starting to trade emails with new colleagues and supervisors at my new district and making plans for initial in-services within the next two weeks. Just like on a Sunday, I’m not working, but I’m starting to think about work once again. I’m interested in the challenge.

What that work means is that I might not make mid-week posts all the time (like I didn’t do last week, ha ha), but I will keep up with the writing both here and in the writing shop of my mind. Writing helped me decompress from the day and get me into my optimal frame of mind. I’ve rarely felt better than when I’ve accomplished something new writing, and I hope that will never change.

That’s it for now; there’ll be more later.