I’ve been writing since my college years in the mid, to late 90’s. I’d write and just be happy that I wrote something. But I guess at some point in late 2004 I decided to start keeping track of my writing as some motivational thing. So I have a record of how many words I’ve written each day since January 1, 2005. When I say written, I mean just my fiction stories. I don’t count blogs, or poetry, and if I revise something and cut ten words from it, that goes into my count as -10. Hey, I came up with those rules years ago, I just follow them now. But anyway, not counting the tens of thousands of words I wrote pre-2005, today I hit – surprise surprise – 700,000 words. That’s five or six novels, but mostly in stories of a thousand words or so.
My writing has slowed down in the last few years (it took me a little over a year to go from 400,000 to 500,000, a little over two years to go from 500,000 to 600,000, and now a little less than three years to go from 600,000 to 700,000) but I’m trying some new motivational things to get me writing more. As such, I may just have to set a goal of when I’ll reach 1,000,000 words. I’ll think on that and let you know.