Yes, accounting, of a sort.
This was a tally I kept in September 2012 (formerly a page to itself), before I moved back to Australia from Germany. I meant to keep it up but as it happens, life got in the way for a while. I may do this again sporadically though, it seems to be a good motivator and monitor of my progress.
This is a scientific monitor, without judgement. The figures will speak for themselves.
F: 2354 words N-f: 2288 words Monthly total: 4632 words F: 8 days N/F: 3 days Total writing days: 10/30 (1 overlap) Editing: 3 days (1 overlap)
Total days in the month writing: 12/30.
Submissions made: 0 Rejections received: 0 Acceptances: 0
Submissions made: 11 Rejections received: 3 Ignored: 5 Acceptances: 3
It’s good to keep yourself accountable, I think. Over a year has slid by with few submissions. Now it’s April, 2014. Last month, I should mention, I submitted 2 short stories to Overland Magazine, one was unsolicited and rejected, the other was a call out and I have yet to hear back from them about it. So there’s still hope. And I sent three poems out to the newsletter of the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre, responding to a call out. Two were accepted for publication, one has been shelved for a later issue. It’s not paid, but it is printed. Small steps cover ground, nonetheless.
P.S. F = fiction, N-f = non-fiction