Weekly word count: 18,889
Average: 2,698 words per day (compared to 2,797 last week)
Most productive day: Thursday 10 April, 3,931 words
Least productive day: Tuesday 8 April, 1,969 words
Year-to-date: 277,167 words (6,986 words behind target)
Revised daily word rate required: 2,759 words per day
Just a smidgeon below target this week, but as you can see, the revised target continues to grow. As soon as I hit 2,800 words required per day, it’s officially panic stations. Especially if there’s 200+ days to go. Like a limited overs run chase, the key is to keep in touch, as anything can happen in the last ten. That's what I'm telling myself, anyway.
If anyone ever decides to pull out the calculator and scrutinise these status reports, the first thing they might notice is that the word count attributed to "This Blog" normally exceeds the number of words that are actually published here on a given week. I'm not cooking the books (if I was, would I even bring it up?) - but I do write an average of one blog entry a week which I don't post. Sometimes it's because the post is incomplete (I have a folder of ones to come back to one day) or I don't think anyone should have to read what I began with the best intentions.
Should these abortive efforts still count towards my million words?
Yes, I think so.
For one, I wrote them, didn't I? Just because a short story fails to get published (as no doubt some of this year's crop will), doesn't mean the words were (completely) wasted. There's always something to be learnt.
So too an "unpublished" blog entry.
One failed blog entry actually became the meat of a story I'm working on. So there.
Okay, I've got that off my chest.
Oh, and I almost forgot… after hearing about Janet Frame’s habit of keeping three columns in her notebook for daily word counts—target, actual, and excuse—I noted down my excuses for those days this week that dipped below 2,732 words:
Tuesday (1,969): “Composition is a slow process. Plus: day job, shopping for step-sister’s 21st present, looking for a flat, eating, sleeping… They all take time.”
Wednesday (2,455): “Dentist, post office, long walk, day job etc etc.”
Friday (2,018): “Watched a movie, relaxed.”
Sunday (2,177): “Um.”
I had aimed to write 4,000+ words today. I don’t know what happened.
Temporary moment of sanity, perhaps.