OK, I promised the final totals for the year-end stuff.
This is going to be a little different – I am only counting my output from the start of September (when I made my new daily writing goal) to December 31, 2017. I plan to keep data for the following year, although what it will show me would be an open question. Excel really helped me organize the numbers, so it made it a lot more simple than I anticipated.
Current project (The American 9) word count: 83,715 words as of Dec. 31, 2017.
Goal for this project: 95,000-99,999 words.
Total words written from 9.1.2017-12.31.2017: 56,303.
Average words per week (3,500-word quota): 3,312.
Days writing: 96.
Average days per week writing: 5.6.
Days meeting word count quota: 65.
Average days per week meeting writing quota: 3.8
OK. My thoughts on all of this:
- 56,000 words is a pretty good decent number. That is well over 50 percent of my book right there done in three months.
- I’m disappointed that my average was not above my weekly quota. Close, but not quite. I would really like that to be a goal for me in the upcoming year, to make that quota or better throughout the year.
- Despite whatever setbacks or downers I’ve had, I’ve never been writing with this consistency before in my life. I never went more than two days in a row without writing anything, and that’s never happened with me before.
- I think I have a good system for keeping track of my writing production. I’ll put it into practice this year.
- I will have to consider what goals to work on when I shift more toward revising than writing regularly. If you have any ideas on what I could use for goals on that I’d be open to suggestions.
- 2018 will be a very interesting writing year for me.