After the success of last year’s attempt to write 100K words, I upped the ante in 2017 and set my sights for 125K. And lo and behold: with a day left in the first half of the year, 62501 words have already been written!
I can’t sing the praise of the Beeminder goal tracking tool enough.
And with the rules I’ve imposed on myself for counting towards my goal the words I’ve edited, written as critique, blogged, or otherwise not drafted as new prose fiction, the actual number of words I’ve worked on so far in 2017 is much closer to 150K.
This is how the numbers break down:
|Type of text||Words counted||Words worked on|
|New text written|
|Dutch thriller novel WIP||31175|
|outline, synopsis, timeline||4042|
|Substantial blog entries*||2002||4008|
|Harland Awards-related materials||4725|
|Critiques of other’s work||4843||8239|
|Dutch thriller novel WIP||4680||46805|
|Harland Awards-related materials||357||357|
* That’s blog entries that are over 500 words long, discuss a topic I care about, and draw a significant readership.