I haven’t written as many words as I’d like, but I’m still alive!
For just over a week, I’ve been suffering from some nasty upper respiratory crap that required my taking a whole round of meds (which I’m still on), not least of which are an inhaler and an antibiotic also used to treat both anthrax and plague (no shit).
So where does that leave writing? Well, prior to this nastiness, I had been doing great! But the past ten days has been a slippery slope of almost nada. In fact, today is the first day I’ve logged any words (though none yet have been novel- or project-related) since the 18th. Ugh.
Since I’m using this fancy new Google Sheets tracker for all my words (novel- and project-related inclusive, along with blog, reviews, beta reading, etc.), I’m now going to be able to provide weekly and monthly stats for you all. See below for my running weekly totals.
Weekly Words Written
6/26/16 – 7/2/16: 4,426
7/3/16 – 7/9/16: 2,984
7/10/16 – 7/16/16: 8,326
7/17/16 – 7/23/16: 1,616
July Words Written
14,889 (as of today)
So it hasn’t been the greatest month due to the illness, but I’m ready to make August much better than July. I’m also hoping to get another 3k words between today and tomorrow, just so I don’t end July on a flat note. All in all, I’m still proud of my progress. I could easily have doubled my word count, I think.
Something I’ve begun doing on my Goal Tracker (a spreadsheet I use to track all my goals; it isn’t just for writing) is giving myself a sliding weekly goal of 3k words written. I get a certain number of reward points for the minimum 3k, but I also increase the reward points if I write 4.5k, 6k, 7.5, etc. This has given me the tiniest little extra push in making every day count word-wise.
If you’re interested in tracking your word counts but don’t have a nifty spreadsheet, check out Hillary DePiano’s website. This is the sheet I’ve been using for the month, and I adore it.