Adventures in SP #2

I spent a good portion of the month of February writing. Nearly every day, in fact, and at the end of the month I had around 30K words. Not too shabby! And then life got in the way.

For those of you who don’t know, we own a bookstore. I really nice one, if I do say so myself, but we just opened last October. I do the marketing, advertising, accounting – although I have a real one on retainer for the tricky stuff, like when I have to do math – and booking events, writing the store blog and bi-weekly newsletter, etc., etc. We do still have a kid at home too, and the spring of 8th grade year is always busy with things like graduation and confirmation and getting the high school paperwork ready. Plus we had company come in, and a houseguest for a month – although it’s my stepmom and she is a GREAT help at the bookstore!

So, I got busy…with all that and a few other things besides. But I still wrote, just not as much or as often. I also have a tendency to go back through the WIP quite often, adding and deleting but mostly correcting. By the end of June, and a bit into July, I’d added another 20K words.

Now, it was crunch time. I was getting tired of procrastinating and I told the fam: okay, this is IT. I’m going to finish this book! And I did. I set the date of July 28 and, at 10:00 p.m. that night, I finished. 30K words in two weeks.

Someone told me that Stephen King once said that if one writes 2K words a day, that’s a good day. On one of those last days I wrote 6K. Took my hands a full day to recover!

So, just a tad over 80K (okay, 83,202) in six months. Not too shabby.

How often do you write? How many words per day, or do you not keep track? Do you write every day? Most days? Whenever the mood strikes (or the muse insists)?


5 comments on “Adventures in SP #2

  1. Red says:

    <<< Anal retentive is an understatement.

    Yes, I keep up with counted words (on blog and in books, but not emails, letters, comments, social media, handwritten items). I have just over 700,000 words for the last 10 months. I write five days per week to the tune of 3,000 counted words per day. My record day was nearly 11K (one day last week).

    It is fun to keep track 😉


  2. You know I’m a word junky! I think a goal like that helps us stay on track, as long as we know it’s okay to sway from it when we need to. with my last project I said I was going to do 10K a week no matter what – didn’t matter about the daily goal as long as I hit 10K by Saturday. And it worked! 80K in 8 weeks is the best I’ve ever done.



    • That was a great accomplishment, too! My goal was always 2K a day, until I was in that last week. Then I ended up using the calculator to figure it out…maybe I’ll try weekly for the next one?


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