Day 177 – The twenties, hooray

Day one hundred seventy-seven of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words: 500

As a writer, I’m so easy to please these days. I began Chapter 20 tonight and just about did a jig to celebrate. Why? Because when I outlined this book many months ago I envisioned it to be around twenty chapters in length. I am getting close to the end of the story and here it is, right around my mark. That makes me happy. Like I said, easy to please.

I expect things to change a lot after the first draft, including the number of chapters. I’m already thinking about the re-writing and revising stage. I’m even looking forward to it. Now that I am in the twenties, I feel that much closer to it. It’s probably an odd milestone to acknowledge, but a milestone it is.

Day 60 – Writing every day for two months really adds up

Day sixty of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words: 1,050

TWO MONTH TALLY: 63,335 words (approx.)

Hooray for another milestone! When I think about all of the writing I have done the last 60 days, I’m very pleased with my progress. I did some quick math. I have written approximately 63,335 words over the last 60 days. That means I have averaged about 1,055 words per day.* That’s progress I have only dreamed of making in the past. Now, I’m making it. Real, verified progress. And man, does it feel good.

I’m a little stunned at seeing these numbers in black and white, actually. I have never written this much or this often in my life, and to experience how it affects me is eye-opening. I’m happier. I have a more positive outlook. I’m tired from the late nights yet energized to keep at it. I’m less stressed, less obsessive-compulsive, less serious. I’m more inspired, more creative, more caring of myself. I’m daydreaming on a daily basis, which is surprisingly good for my soul. I’m a better version of myself, and while I know I have a long way to go to reach my goals, I have never been more certain about what I am meant to do with my life. After 60 days of progress, I know that I am going to do it.

I am looking forward to writing for the next 305 days and the progress that’s in store for me.

*Note: These numbers only represent the writing I do for my book. They do not include the writing I have done on this blog. I would guess that each of my blog posts is around 250-500 words, so really I’m probably averaging around 1,350 per day.