Friday, January 19, 2018

700,000 words!

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.

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