I haven’t shown my word counts in a while, so I thought it was about time. It’s July, after all, so I’ve got more than half a year behind me and a great amount of data to show improvements.
First, I am comparing similar data sets from last year and this year. (Jan 1st to July 5th.)
I had the same amount of “Zero Word Count” days in both years. This year I had whooping cough which lasted a month and kept me from writing much. Last year I had family issues that had to be dealt with before I could write, along with the normal days of laziness, or just busy with other things.
The average has gone up. 560 for last year, 615 for this year. I always write more in the second half of the year, and NaNoWriMo is coming up, for which I have another book already outlined. It will be interesting to see how the numbers shift, and if I can finally get my average per day up over 1000 by October. If I can then NaNoWriMo won’t be so exhausting.
The biggest difference this year is I haven’t had any 3000+ word days yet. Last year I only had two, but one of them was on this chart. That drove up the average quite a bit. I think the only think keeping my average up this year is having fewer days with very low (under 200) word counts. Plotting a little more when I get stuck is helping.
I’m hoping to continue the trend of working more and more till I can put out three books a year. That seems like a reasonable amount.
This looks great. I probably average around 250 a day right now. So terrible :(, but my son is 2 and is really giving me a run for it.
Thanks for being open and honest. excellent work so far! This is a really consistent output!
Children really make it tough. Only two options for you: learn to write faster, or stay up for a couple hours after he goes to sleep. I was able to write more after having the second child because they played with each other instead of bugging me, but that’s not the best option, and means a year or two of almost NO writing while the baby is growing up.
I would suggest trying short stories for a while. It will give you encouragement in the finishing of projects. Otherwise… hang in there. Eventually you’ll get there.
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