Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I Can Haz Productivity: October 2013 Month In Review

Last month I changed my daily writing goal to 800 words a month. I talk about my thoughts on updating goals here. And given that September was my best month ever (40k words in 30 days) I had high hopes that October would be another banner month.

But October was my month for revision. And revision means cutting words - not adding them (usually). Everything seemed to slow to a crawl, which was fine by me. I read a lot of books and chopped a lot of words.

I entered my newly polished Sci Fi MS in two contests. The first, Nightmare on Query Street, already wrapped and was great fun. Here's a link to my entry.

Contests are wonderful, humbling experiences. I learned a lot. Met a lot of great people via Twitter and had a great time.

It was also NaNoPrep month (for me) which I talk about in a post here. Some of the books I read were specifically aimed at helping me plot. If you haven't read Blake Snyder's SAVE THE CAT!, you should - it's FANTABULOUS!

And we finished the month with a quick trip to the beach to visit my in-laws.

Happy Writer Shot

So what did my month yield? The productivity is as follows:

16 blog posts
6 novels read
2 non fiction writing books read
2 contests entered
And words, lots of words *does happy dance *

For a grand total of 14, 947 words. That’s my Not the best month ever - and no, I did not hit my 800 word a day goal, but any month with words is a great month.

This brings my total ‘tracked’ word count for the year to 136,247! *blinks* *blinks some more* I just can’t believe it. I feel so legit because that’s a lota words. Check out how I did in Sep, Aug, and July.

How are your writing goals coming along? How do you determine you daily word goals?

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