Weeks Twenty-Four and Twenty-Five – The Stats
Fortnightly Wordcount: 18,221 words
Average: 1,302 words per day
Most productive day: Friday 20 June, 3,980 words
Least productive day: Take your pick (six goose eggs in total)
Year-to-date: 430,757 words (44,653 words behind target)
So, in the last fortnight, I have fallen another 20,030 words behind target. Gulp.
In eight days time it will be the chronological halfway point of The Year of a Million Words. However, if I write 2,732 words per day, I will only write my 500,000th word on the 18th of July. Then again, if you halve my eventual word count, I suspect I will have already written more than 50% of my year’s words… if that makes sense.
Of course, sense for me in 2008 is a relative term.
But regardless of what measure you use, this is a transition period.
It is clear that I will not be able to write well and prolifically whilst countering the twin evils of full-time employment and regular globetrotting.
Aside: when your twin evils are a job and travel, you should not be allowed to complain. Ever.
And of course, August is Festival Time here in
One of the joys of book festivals is discovering new writers, but at £9 per session (more for workshops & masterclasses) and so many sessions run during work hours, I’ll be relying heavily on the free readings at 10am on the weekends to get my fix of fresh voices.
Anyway, the moral of the story is: Don’t expect the Actual worm to make any ground on the Target worm any time soon.
Perhaps a name change is in order?
How about The Year I Tried To Write A Million Words And Came Up Short Because of Full Time Work and Travel? Or The Year of Word Counts? Maybe The Year Of Learning One’s Limitations? The Year of Eight Hundred Thousand, One Hundred and Six Words, perhaps?
Or simply: The Year of a Million Words [sic]?