Update and a Little About Tracking Progress

I managed to knock out 1189 words at about lunchtime today, passing my daily minimum of 1000 words a day. With this head cold I knew that’d be about as many words as I’d get done today. When I get a cold my head gets quite fuzzy and I find it hard to be creative, but I didn’t want to sit in front of the TV all day doing nothing. So as I’ve been watching DVD’s I’ve been putting my word counts into spreadsheets. Firstly I entered the last few months of last year into its file and then I did this year up until today.

Last year I wrote just over 105,000 words for the year. Up until the start of this month (December) I’ve written just over 130,000 words. I know I shouldn’t be putting too much weight on word counts, but for me its a good way to measure how productive I’m being.

Something that struck me as I was entering these word counts was how many days I’d just have a three figure sum to enter. There was even a couple of days when it was only a two figure number. All I can think is that those days were days when I was editing so it wouldn’t be a great measure of adding words. When I’m editing in the future I’m not going to worry too much about word counts unless I’m adding a big chunk of words. It feels really alien knowing that some days I thought adding only a couple of hundred words to a piece was progress. I know for some people that’s fine but for me I want to be writing about a thousand words a day as I know that’s what I need to do to be able to get a 1st draft done in about two months.

I’ve now go this mindset that anything less then a thousand words a day isn’t (for me) acceptable. That’s not such a bad thing.


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