If I were a top trumps card, or for those in America, a baseball card, this is how my stats would look for 2015:
2015 in Statistics:
Words Written: 104,912
Pieces of WIP: 8 Stories
Days written: 145/365
Average Words Per Writing Day: 723.5 (on the days I wrote anything)
Finishing Average: 7 / 11 WIP have completed drafts = 0.55
The Year Overview
I worked on quite a few projects this year, and one of my short stories has been accepted for publication in an anthology in 2016:
Planes Shifter [Editing], Coyote Short [Fin], Winter Short [Fin], Resilience [Drafting], Kindling [Drafting], The Felled Gods [Fin], Fury’s Seal [Fin], Crisis Short [Drafting].
This year, my life was pretty hectic. When people think about stressful life events, moving home, family illness, buying a house, planning a wedding, and changing jobs are all up there. I had ALL of those happen this year, and that had three long-term effects: Less writing, less reading, and less self-care.
In short, I feel like I’ve been running on empty for 75% of this year.
However, the year was still productive:
- I have learned that I can take time off from my writing, and the words will return to my fingers when I come back.
- Having a loose but firm goal works for me.
- Mixing up short stories, drafting novels, planning and editing is good for my creativity.
- When I eat healthily and exercise and take time for my mind to breathe; my writing is better.
And I learned that The Felled Gods – a novel I spent months planning and world-building last year, is the most solid first draft in terms of plot, characters and structure I’ve ever written. Planning, although frustrating at times and time-consuming, clearly paid off in that instance.
This year I also passed 666,666 words of fiction, just counting one draft of each novel. Adding that to my short stories, and knowing I wrote thousands of words in earlier drafts of the completed stories, I have written many more, but since I only track one novel-length fiction draft per story, the number made me smile.
In 2016, I’m aiming to submit a novel to agents, and to write 100,000 more words of fiction; including editing and short stories.