I’ve been meaning to write summaries of how my writing is going because I started tracking my daily word counts again. I did this for a couple of months back in 2012 and was insanely productive, then stopped. (I think I stopped because of applying to grad school, but that’s a subject for a different post.) As part of my private New Year’s resolution to write more consistently, I’ve started tracking. Unfortunately, I forgot to post updates about this, so I’m going to combine January through March into one post—a sort of quarterly report like publicly traded companies have to put out!
So here it goes: some fabulous writing statistics.
In January, I wrote a total of 16,420 words, which is 530 a day on average.
In February, I wrote a total of 24,802 words, which is 886 a day on average. February is notable because I wrote every single day of that month, which I don’t think I’ve ever done before, even when I did NaNoWriMo.
In March, I wrote a total of 13,492 words, which is 452 a day on average. March was a difficult month that included a lot of editing, so that’s why I didn’t manage to write as much. Plus, my mom came to visit—who wants to stay holed up writing when you can go to your favorite museum with your favorite person, right? <3
In all, that's 54,714 words written in the first three months of 2015, an average of 608 words per day. Not too shabby, right?
Obviously April isn’t over, so I can’t give a full report yet, but it’s off to a great start with over 10,000 words written so far. Those are all for my latest novel, a science fiction work with political themes that I outlined extensively at the end of last year. In fact, of all the books I’ve written and partially written, it’s the one that has had the most planning. I think this is a good thing because I know the world, characters, and plot very well, which I hope will make for a more compelling story.
If this post hasn’t convinced you to join the Writing Challenge, I don’t know what will! (The Writing Challenge is a community of writers on Twitter who commit to write at least 500 words a day. Most people don’t manage to do it every single day—I know I certainly don’t! It’s a great community of people who encourage you to write consistently.)