I was going to write about this yesterday but then I got distracted and went off-topic.
These are my writing statistics.
I had 22 submissions.
I sold one story. Two reprints. And the anthology for the story I sold, also sold subsidiary rights. So, does that count as a reprint? Where are the writing statistics regulations?
I think I finished 5 new short stories and did about 15,000 words on the novel which is still in a condition that I don’t want to use negative words to describe. What else can I come up with? Unfocused? Searching for greatness? Acting out as a disaster?
My word count is 178,000 for the year which is mostly first draft words but it’s not completely accurate because I have system for how I count the time I spent revising and working out stuff when I’m stuck.
I read 30 books and I read 149 short stories/novella/novelettes although I don’t keep track of all the short stuff so I read more than that.
I attended at least 25 soccer games. That has nothing to do with writing but does explain where a big chunk of my time went. I would not dream of changing this.
I’ve been thinking about it and I honestly don’t think I can dramatically increase my output without major lifestyle changes that I’m not willing to implement.
I used to think that I just needed to focus more and be more motivated (and those aren’t the major lifestyle changes that I’m referring to) but my work days are long and I spend my days reviewing and drafting documents. On occasion I can come home and have a productive evening but I can’t sustain that for any length of time without becoming completely miserable.
And I have a lot of weekend time to work, and I do, but I also like to do other things like bake and garden and hang out with other people. I also insist on exercising on a regular basis.
So, my goal is to produce slightly more finished material than I did last year and Bob and I have already talked about some ways to promote that goal.
It’s good that your goals are based on what you know is possible and that won’t kill you. You do a lot more toward your goals than most people do!
Wow, I feel so disorganized after reading your writing statistics. Perhaps it’s time for me to stop acting like a student and write like a professional novelist!
You sold a story! I have met so many authors who can’t claim to have sold ONE story! Awesome!