When I started this whole writing thing, I told myself that I need to write one million words before I even think about getting truly serious.
Out of curiosity, I checked my total word count since I started writing, which was around mid-July 2016. I didn’t check all of my work—a few projects that didn’t go anywhere got left out of the count, and it obviously doesn’t account for words written for this blog or by hand—but I got the big stuff.
My expectations weren’t high. I felt like 2017 was a rough year overall, especially considering my burnout and subsequent mass deletion of old work. I just didn’t feel like I’d been productive in the last few months, and my depression only made that pessimistic belief more intense. But I thought it would be a good way to gauge my progress so far, and make some reassessments for my future writing.
I’m at 400,000. A totally unexpected number, and much higher than I thought it would be.
My old tally, taken in July 2017 after a year, was at 250,000. Which means that in six months, I added another 150k of typed words into Scrivener. The tally is an average of 20-25k per month, and that’s a pace I’m comfortable with. The plan going forward is to turn that word count average towards a single project, and see if I can actually get something completely drafted by the end of the year.
I’m going to take another count in July, when I’m officially past the two year mark, and see how I’m doing.