Nearly two months ago, I posted my 100 Consecutive Days of Writing infographic. While I was at Launch Pad, my consecutive-day streak came to an end at 140 days, but I have since started to climb that hill again and have an eye toward December 11, when, if I don’t miss a day, I’ll hit 141 consecutive days and break my record.
In the meantime, since it’s now about about 150 days since I started using my automated scripts to track all of this writing, I thought I’d share a few charts that illustrate those 150 days. These charts include all of my writing, fiction and blogging. The first chart shows the raw numbers in a stacked bar graph. This gives an idea of relative totals as well as the total number of words I’ve written each day for the last 150 days.
This gives a pretty good picture of my daily volume, but not a particularly good picture of trends. So I calculated a 7-day moving average of both my fiction writing and blogging. The result is the following chart:
It is this second chart that I find more interesting. It shows the ups and downs of my daily averages plotted over time. You can see a steady increase over the first month or so. Then a rapid drop-of, followed by a long period of fairly consistent daily averages. Beginning in mid-July, my blog writing picked up, mainly because of the long posts I wrote for Launch Pad. In the last week or so, my fiction writing averages have started to shoot up as well, as I have deliberately aimed for higher word counts each day.
Nothing earth-shattering here. My main trick is don’t break the streak. And when I do, don’t despair. I pick myself up, dust myself off, and start all over again.