New personal best: writing goals, week 28

It’s that time of the week again: time for another 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please…

July 9, Day 191: 3,015 words (a new personal best!)

July 10, Day 192: 795 words

July 11, Day 193: 1,881 words

July 12, Day 194: 790 words

July 13, Day 195: 830 words

July 14, Day 196: 800 words

July 15, Day 197: 850 words

That’s a grand total of 8,250 words for the week, 20,375 for the month of July, and 125,602 for the year!

Did I beat last week’s total?

Last week I wrote 10,614 words in my Best Week Ever for 2016 (thus far), which means I fell short this week by 2,364 words. But there’s no shame in my game, because this week includes a new Personal Best for my daily word count. I wrote a total of 3,015 words on July 9, thanks to my participation in San Diego Writers Ink’s Late Night Write.

I found it really helpful to have a block of time (6 to 10 PM) set aside just for writing, and making the trek out to the Ink Spot helped put me in that focused, writing frame of mind. The writing space itself was quiet, except for breaks at 10 minutes to each hour, when SDWI Executive Director Kristen Fogle would call out the time and give us a chance to mingle with our fellow writers.

I definitely think that blocking out a chunk of time like that is incredibly helpful, no matter what you’re working on, since it forces you to just start typing – or writing longhand, as fellow participant Judy Reeves did! I did a mix of both, since my iPad wasn’t charged up to full capacity, brainstorming lots of ideas for upcoming blog posts and writing up a few that I want to turn into a series.

That’s definitely the most I’ve produced in a single sitting, since I’ve been tracking my words, so I am going to try implementing this kind of blocking more. Since I like to experiment with time of day, I’m thinking of trying a weekly Saturday binge-write, with some scheduled in the morning before I hit the gym and some in the evenings (after I’ve recovered from the gym!).


No officially designated 10 Minute Novelist badges this week, although I did post a reply to the “Gender Switch” question posed last week. If my MC were to swap genders, I said she’d be Philip Marlowe.

Goals for next week?

My manuscript for the video game book I’ve been working on the past few weeks is due this coming Friday, so I will be typing away madly on that! I should actually have a lot more written at this point, so today is going to be dedicated to writing at least two more chapters to make sure I’m on track to finish on time.

What about you?

What are you working on, and what are some of your goals for the week?