January 2014 Writing by the Numbers

Since I just finished my writing for the day, and had a few minutes to spare, I figured I’d post my numbers for the month. It’s hard to believe that January is already over. It seemed to be an incredibly busy month, and I was almost certain my overall writing numbers would be down. It was down, compared to December, but not by as much as I imagined. I wrote about 25,000 words of fiction in January, compared to 29,000 words last month. The day-to-day breakdown looks as follows:

January 2014 Writing

The red line is my daily goal, what I try to aim for each day. I missed my goal on quite a few occasions this month, not for wont of ideas or desire to write, but for lack of time. The green line shows my 7-day rolling average, and for the first time in a very long time, my rolling average has fallen below my goal. I’m hoping that I’m on the path to correct this.

Overall, I still outdid my goal. I averaged almost 800 words/day in January. And I think that my busy schedule is finally starting to ease up.

I’ve spend the last couple of months hard at work on a novella that has proven to be a challenge to write, a wonderful thing for a writer. I think I have a really good story and an interesting set of characters. The challenge is in telling the best possible story. This means a lot of exploring, digging for nuggets, and tossing away all but the absolute best ones. It’s been tough to get it where I want it, but I think it will be worth it. And besides, I’m having a blast!

For those keeping score along with me, today’s writing makes for 194 consecutive days of writing. I have now written 337 out of the last 339 days. That makes less than a month to the first anniversary of this new method of writing. And I think that will be a milestone to celebrate!

Meanwhile, my story, “Big Al Shepard Plays Baseball on the Moon” was published in InterGalactic Medicine Show earlier this month, making it my first publication of 2014. And hopefully not the last.