Author Journal 5th – 11th August 2021

It’s a new month! And that means it’s time for a quick look at my goals for the month, plus a review of how I did with July’s goals.

I mentioned last week that I’d be getting my Kanban board all set up for August. Kanban is Japanese for billboards or signs. The planning system I use was developed by an engineer at Toyota.

Quick explainer: It’s a simple planning method that splits a board into three horizontal sections (to-do, doing, and done). I’ve heard that it’s supposed to be for a whole year, but noooooo–a month does me just fine). Anyway, once a task progresses to the “done” section, you move the next “to-do” card to the “doing” section. It’s great if you are visually motivated.

My goal for July was to add another 23,000 words to Running The Asset. It was a tough goal, made tougher by health issues and the fact I forgot to allow sick time into the schedule, but I’m so happy that I managed to add 18,321 words.

With the lesson learnt from last month, I’ve added a week of sick time just in case and adjusted my goal to match. For August, I aim to add another 17,000 words.

Review 29th July – 4th August 2021

My Writing Goals for Last Week

What Did I Achieve?

I added 5817 words to the manuscript, taking it to a total of 23,654.

This Week’s Goal

  • Add 5000 words for Running The Asset (hit 28,654 words total)


ThursdayDay off
FridayDay off
SaturdayWrite 1000 words
SundayWrite 1000 words
MondayWrite 1000 words
TuesdayWrite 1000 words
WednesdayWrite 1000 words

Thatโ€™s it for today. Thanks for stopping by, and take care.


Author: Susan T. Braithwaite

Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband,, and our squirrel army.โ€‹

4 thoughts on “Author Journal 5th – 11th August 2021

  1. I’m impressed with how much you got done ๐Ÿ‘

    1. Pretty much down to you helping out. Thanks ๐Ÿ˜˜

  2. Reblogged this on Photos by Jez and commented:
    My wife’s monthly round-up on the novel she’s writing ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  3. Chris Hall says:

    I’m also impressed, Susan! Really good progress for the month. You’re catching me up! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m not sure I’ll get so much writing done this weekend since the final chapters of the recording for Sea Goddess’ audiobook landed in my inbox for checking this afternoon. The voice actor has done such a good job, I can hardly believe I wrote what she’s reading back to me!
    Onward and upward… and take care ๐Ÿ™‚

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