While living and working in Edinburgh in 2008 I set out to write one million words in 366 days... but only managed 800,737.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Status Report: Week Seventeen

Week Seventeen – The Stats

Weekly word count: 20,034 words

Average: 2,862 words per day (compared to 2,088 last week)

Most productive day: Thursday 24 April, 3,667 words

Least productive day: Monday 21 April, 1,587 words

Year-to-date: 311,819 words (10,585 words behind target)

A few milestones this week. Wrote my 300,000th word on Thursday (day 114). Managed to cut into the deficit rather than add to it for the first time in three weeks. And I got a proper office chair. Sitting here now, I can’t a) believe I typed 300,000 words sitting on an armchair and three cushions and b) it took me this long to get a new chair.

The slice of pie called “Mystery Project” might become a short story, or a novel, or just remain ten pages of formless rambling. I just started going through my notebooks and abandoned projects and thought, “I could turn this into something.” I think it had something to do with reading The Crying of Lot 49, which I’ll talk about tomorrow.

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