Weekly word count (hat tip to Kristine McKinley)

ralphieKristine McKinley is a rather brave author.  The other day, she bravely posted all kinds of statistics pertaining to her writing. I thought it’d be a neat idea to post my own numbers (below). Though I don’t have the kind of detail she’s been keeping, still, it was a good week.

Word count as of last Sunday: 9500

Word count one week later, today, Saturday: 22,000.

I’ll be honest and say I wouldn’t have posted this if I didn’t feel like bragging.  My normal word count has been horrible. But recently, thanks to various podcasts I’ve been listening to, and my recent interview with P.T. Hylton, and his videos where he talks about his own progress, things are turning around.





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16 responses to “Weekly word count (hat tip to Kristine McKinley)

  1. Nice work!

    I’m doing crazy word counts too!

  2. Thanks for the compliment. I didn’t think I was being brave posting stats, I just wanted other authors and aspiring authors to have more data available. It’s nice to see the amazing stats that some people are able to post but not everyone has those. Like Steve Vernon said, this isn’t a race. I’m in it for the long haul.

    I’ve found if I keep an excel spreadsheet it really helps my numbers, of course yours are amazing so you probably don’t need that step.

    I’ve been listening to the Self-Publishing podcast and Johnny B. Truant also found that with the increased talking to other authors his word count increased, so maybe there’s a correlation?

    • I think knowing that others are doing it helps you to do it. My numbers for this one miserable week were amazing, but usually they’re kind of embarrassing. I’m hoping the change is permanent. It’s cliche to say, but putting my butt in the chair made it happen.

  3. cool.
    (But you’ll shoot your eye out.)

  4. So you wrote 12,500 words last week? I envy you. I’m more like Oscar Wilde, who said he spent the whole morning putting in a comma and the whole afternoon taking it back out. Oh well, at least my commas are good.

  5. I agree. And Harvey’s commas ARE good. (Hi Harvey!)

  6. P.T. Hylton

    Awesome job. Keep it up!

  7. Hi, Lindy.

    I think we need a best comma contest. I vote for the comma in John’s tagline (Death was a good gig, until someone changed the rules…), which has IMO a special elegance that is subtle and difficult to define. John, did you spend an entire morning putting it in, or did it come to you in a sudden blinding flash of inspiration?

  8. P.T. Hylton

    I just noticed that steampunk author Cherie Priest does a daily word metrics post on her blog. Here’s today’s. So cool. http://www.cheriepriest.com/2014/07/09/yea-were-the-all-time-winners-and-here-we-go-again/

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