Month in Review – October


The light at the end of the tunnel. Got to get there one step at a time.

October was a big month for me!

First, and most relevant to this site, I launched Oh The Squalor.

I can’t begin to describe how excited I am about this project.  I hope to use this blog as a platform to connect with other writers.

I want this to serve as an outlet for us to share our mutual love for the craft of writing while also allowing us to pool together practical strategies for approaching writing and life as a writer.

I had planned all along to make my first post a “Mission Statement” of sorts, and you can check it out here.

Second, my writing progress continues to be good.  As I mentioned in my first post, I re-committed myself to writing a little under a year ago.  I swore to myself that I would write every day – no exceptions – and no matter what would produce at least one single spaced page of 12 point fiction every day.

That commitment was made in early December of last year, and I am proud to say I have not missed a single day.  No matter what life has thrown at me – 28 hour call in the hospital, long road trips, sick puppies (it happens) – I have managed to produce a page of writing every day.

It has become an essential part of my life. Even when writing is a struggle, I still look back on it as my favorite part of the day.

So, let’s get to the metrics.


Baseline Word Counts (since early December, 2014)

Fiction:                285,344

Non Fiction:        10,418

Blog Posts:         31



Since this is the first Month in Review, I’m going to define these categories.  Note that in future Month in Review posts, I will focus on showing the change from the prior month, thus making it more of a review of the prior month.  This Review includes all the writing I’ve done over the last year.

Fiction: This is the sum total word count of all fiction pieces I have been working on since starting to write just under a year ago.  This is my first and deepest writing love.  If in a given month I make considerable progress writing Fiction and don’t do much else, I’ll call it a success.

By the way, if I use December 1st as the date I made my rule (it was actually later in the month, but since I don’t have the actual date on hand, I’ll use the 1st to make it hard on myself) and divide, it looks like I have written ~860 words per day since making the rules!  That’s fantastic!

Non-Fiction: As a medical student, I am exposed to fascinating patients and situations every day.  I enjoy writing about these experiences and hope to move many of them towards publication in the future.

Blog Posts: This includes posts on Oh The Squalor as well as two other blogs I write for from time to time.


Goal For November

In each Month in Review, I want to think for a moment about my big goal for the next month.  Goals are critical.

Next month, I want to successfully complete NaNoWriMo and bang out a 50,000 word novel!

Thank you for joining me this month.  Let’s hope November is as successful.



Img: Raul Lieberwirth

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