Fiction writer. Expert procrastinator. This is my life.

Tag: Writing streaks

  • June 2022 progress

    A resumption of my monthly progress posts and an explanation of why I haven’t posted much lately.

  • It’s pretty amazing that my fresh start died so quickly

    I didn’t even make it one day. That’s the bad news. (I’ve heard bad news should always come before good news.) The good news is that I’m in the midst of a new fresh start for 2021 and it’s going okay for the moment. I’ve written fiction three days in a row and messed around […]

  • Daily post – Jan. 30, 2020

    Thursday word count = -58 words. Back on January 11, I added an extra element to the “no more zero word days” challenge to make it more interesting. Last night I failed to keep that going. I know I wrote 50 words, so I’m good on the 50 word rule for the streak that I […]

  • Daily writing – Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020

    I wrote 190 words on Tuesday, and more than half of those were on paper with a pencil. :-O What? I used to write a lot on paper, but I really don’t work like that anymore. This is what the streak has driven me to. :D I was out yesterday evening and tired when I […]

  • Daily writing – Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020

    I’m changing the way I title these posts for my own benefit. I want the day in there so I can keep track of where I am in the week, and I like the way “progress” fits in my mind better than “daily post” which feels like an obligation. This is a blog, and it’s […]

  • Daily post – Jan. 25, 2020 – Saturday

    I finally gave in tonight and turned to another story to get some words in after barely wanting to look at my novel. I kept putting off even doing the 172 words I need to keep my daily writing streak alive, so switching off to something else was about the only way I was going […]

  • Daily post – Jan. 11, 2020

    Ah, yesterday. It was a day. I wrote 121 words at about midnight. If I didn’t have that 100 word minimum that I require for a day to count in my daily fiction writing streak (159 days), I wouldn’t have bothered with more than 2 words, guaranteed. :D I just had either a great idea […]

  • Daily post – Jan. 6, 2020

    I kept my streak alive yesterday, but that was about it. I logged 134 words. I wrote a whole bunch about a whole bunch of things, then remembered that I am not allowing myself to be negative about my goals and writing this year, so I deleted it all and wrote this instead. I wrote […]

  • September 2019 progress

    September passed much too quickly. I wanted to finish more projects in September and it didn’t happen. September words: 24,609. I did keep my “no more zero word days” streak alive. Yesterday marked 62 days of daily writing. But there were a few days there when I’m not sure I like how I did it. […]

  • Day 51 of no more zero word days

    Yesterday was day 51 of my challenge not to have another zero word day. :) I wrote 1,873 words. Right now, I’m trying to get to a comfortable 3,200 words a day. Which I know sounds like a lot, but even for me, with an average pace of 500 words an hour, that’s not a […]

  • Active streaks update

    Active streaks: Day 20 of writing fiction every day Day 19 of editing my in progress fiction every day (typo hunts and continuity checks that aim to make finishing my books easier and the last read through more likely to go quickly). I really do prefer to do this away from my computer, so I’m […]

  • I need my anti-perfectionism practice today

    :D What a way to start a post. Anyway, I read an interesting interview today and feel energized to get started early despite being more than two hours short on sleep. For the last few days I’ve been using 24 minutes timers and a scribbled time log to keep me focused on writing, although yesterday […]

  • No more zero word days—day 12

    Notes on the challenge: Only true zero word days count as zero word days, meaning— Negative numbers aren’t zero word days because they just indicate that I deleted more than I wrote. I don’t want oodles of negative word days, because forward progress matters a lot more than just logging a number that isn’t a […]

  • April 8–20 progress

    I am definitely on to something with the “no sweets before 1,000 words” thing. April has been a great writing month so far and I’m putting the credit for that entirely on that little rule I’ve been following. Yeah, I’ve had one or two days overall where I’ve not reached 1,000 words and gone to […]

  • The “no timers” thing

    When I revisited getting rid of my timers, I thought the beginning of 2017 and the middle of 2017 was the last time I’d addressed the issue. But I was wrong. As I published my last post and checked through it as I usually do, I clicked the “corrective action“ tag. It showed me a […]

  • Day 13 of 500 words a day

    I’ve been trying to write 500 words of fiction every day and I’m on a streak. Here’s a summary for day 13.

  • Day 12 of 500 words a day

    A summary of day 12 of my attempt to write 500 words a day every day.

  • Day 11 of 500 words a day

    I have a daily writing minimum. It’s 500 words of fiction every day. Here’s what happened on day 11.

  • Day 10 of 500 words a day

    I’m on a streak of writing 500 words of fiction every day. Here are the numbers for day 10.

  • Day 9 of 500 words a day

    Yesterday was day 9 of my 500 words a day streak. I wrote 2,626 words. My daily average since beginning this effort is now 803 words. This just goes to prove that it doesn’t take much more than the 500 words a day on a few days a week to really improve my long-term average. […]