So, I wound up doing this last year around this time and it was interesting to see those numbers. I also did a first half of the year review back this summer, so I’ll likely review my activity for the second half of the year, the year in it’s entirety, and maybe try and do some comparisons to the last couple of years that I was using similar stats to see if there are any changes.
Second half of 2019:
- Words: 3,465
- Revise/Plan: 1,650
- DWGM: 80%
- Words: 5,258
- Revise/Plan: 1,290
- DWGM: 82%
- Words: 38,711
- Revise/Plan: 180
- DWGM: 100%
- Words: 29,405
- Revise/Plan: 1,260
- DWGM: 94%
- Words: 10,474
- Revise/Plan: 480
- DWGM: 94%
- Words: 29,530
- Revise/Plan: 510
- DWGM: 79%
- Words (total): 117,843
- Words (avg.): 19,641
- Revise/Plan (total): 5,370
- Revise/Plan (avg.) 895
- DWGM (avg.): 88%
And, the stats from 2019 as a whole:
- Words (total): 193,881
- Words (avg.) 16,157
- Revise/Plan (total): 8,865
- Revise/Plan (avg.): 739
- DWGM (avg.): 78%
So, how does this compare to the totals I saw the past couple of years? It’s definitely an improvement over last year, which was the first year that I used this format to track my progress.
- Words (total): 53,878
- Words (avg.): 4,490
- Revisions (total): 8,955
- Revisions (avg.): 746
- DWGM (avg.): 52%
As you can see, I did a much better job at reaching my writing quotas than last year. I wrote more words overall (even though a good portion of that is fan fiction, it’s still fiction, folks), only had a slight drop in revisions and planning, but, again, I made my quotas on a much more consistent basis than before.
So, I felt good about how my work output grew since the beginning of 2018. I might actually start developing some consistency if I don’t look out. 🙂
We’ll see how 2020 goes.
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.
Considering that I had the whole week off, I was disappointed with my output this time. The only upside is that I improved on my totals from last week.
+2,975 words written.
Days writing: 5 out of 7.
Daily writing goals met (500+ words): 5 out of 7 days.
And the full totals:
Length of first draft (as of today’s date): 83,095 words.
Current goal for length of first draft by the end of Dec. 31, 2017: 83,000-85,000 words.
Planned length of first draft: 95,000-99,999 words.
So, Random Thoughts (most tied to the totals):
- Sorry this came out late today, but I had a shopping run out of town with my son and some other family time for the New Year. Thankfully, I am not out at a party tonight, and with Kathy Griffin fired from CNN there’s not too much point in watching the festivities on TV. So, writing time tonight.
- I keep saying I’m going to put together some more query letters for The Holy Fool, but I haven’t gotten around to it. That needs to get going again and in earnest.
- If I do have a resolution for 2018, it probably will be for my book to be published, even if it’s on Amazon or whatever. I’ve developed this online presence; it’s about time I used it to spread my writings around.
- Either tonight or tomorrow, I’m going to get online and read some more of my fellow bloggers here on WordPress. Thanks to everyone who has followed my page here or me on Facebook or Twitter.
- I’ve hit the lower end of my current goal for the overall book for the end of 2017. I’m over 83,000, but I want to see if I can get ambitious and get anywhere near 85,000. It will be fun to see if I can do it.
- Tomorrow, I plan to do another post detailing what happened with my writing during the last half of 2017. That will be very interesting to see once I crunch those numbers.
- Also want to do (if only, if only) two other posts this week – a long in the works thought piece and possibly one of my poems/essays.
- It was a wild year. I’m glad I started this blog mid-year and am looking forward to celebrating its first anniversary in the next several months.