This Month in Writing: March

I had a good March, a very good March in fact. I got 20,560 more words onto the page, 322 more than I did in February. It’s a tiny improvement, but any improvement is significant. I’m still 40,000 words short of the 60,000 a month my friend who makes her living writing recommended, though I fear I will never get to that mark. I wonder if she said this seriously, or set it as an impossible goal to make me work toward as many words a month as possible. A professor at Emerson told me he was lucky to get 500 words a day, which gets to about 15,000 words a month, and to be teaching in an MFA program he’s making his living through his writing as well.

Other significant achievements from March 2015:

-I stepped down as editor-in-chief of Words Apart Magazine after we successfully launched our sixth issue. I feel good, proud of my term at the top, but am happy to have it done. I want the time I was spending on that to dedicate to my own writing and honestly believe that my successor, Sarah Cadorette will do a much better as editor-in-chief.

-Thanks to some of the intros I wrote for Words Apart and my weekly “A Call to Action (Figures)” at Action Figure Fury, I’ve published 10,339 words this year, only 6,000 shy of last year’s total. I also feel like my column is getting more adventurous in its scope,     and I’m pushing the boundaries in ways that will help me grow as a writer.

-I published my 50th publication earlier this month. Again, that’s thanks in large part because I publish at least an article a week at Action Figure Fury. It’s really only significant because it’s a round number. I’ll be much happier if/when I can afford to stop working two or three jobs at a time and get to just write for my living.

-I surpassed the halfway point to topping the 107,489 words I wrote last year. I’d like to get a whole lot better at writing, but that’ll come with time and practice if it’s going to come. All I can do is keep my head down and work.

-I got personal rejections from One Story and The Missouri Review this month. No complaints there. They’re both great magazines, and I’m flattered that they took the time out of their busy schedules to comment on my work.

The last thing that’s important to mention is that I’m debating whether or not to can the “This Month in Writing” feature. I already did away “This Week in Reading.” They both feel too much like I’m spinning my wheels, showing off, and not giving anything of value to my readers or myself. Let me know in the comments if you’d like more like this, and if not, what do you think I should be talking about on this blog.