Word Count

I was just looking over HollyLisle.com and it got me thinking about word count. In particular, how much writing I should be able to get done in a year. I should be writing everyday, but with work, family, and friends that is a real struggle. Between the pull of family responsibilities, the drain of the typical work day, and the siren song of online gaming with my friends I have to cut myself a little slack. So let’s say I write 5 days a week doing 2000 words a day, I can do that without too much trouble, that should give me 520,000 words a year. Now, I don’t really think that’s going to happen, Holly is a pro and she claims about 300,000 words a year, or two books a year. If I buckle down and really start putting some heart and soul into this there’s no reason I shouldn’t be able to get enough material written for 2 novels a year. Going by the numbers, I should be able to write three 150,000 word novels and still have 70,000 words started on a fourth. I don’t realistically think that I”m that motivated, nor is that taking into account any time for rewrites, revisions, or editing.

So here’s the plan. Complete the 1st draft of A Difficult Dinner by December 31st, expected to be about 120,000 words. Then with the start of the new year hit a new story hard, most likely Sitting Duct. I’ll set a goal here of having that done by the end of April. I’ll start editing A Difficult Dinner in the middle of February to give myself some distance from that story and a chance to get going on Sitting Duct.

May should find me starting a new project. Either Blackmoon or Crazy, Deadly, Cool not sure which will be more appealing to me come May. I should be done with that in August and have started editing Sitting Duct in the middle of June.

So with the coming of September I should be writing novel number three for the year, maybe a second story about Thane, and if everything goes smoothly I should be able to finish it before the year ends and start editing the previous story around the middle of October. That would make the most productive year of writing in my life. This is a goal I’d like to accomplish, but it’s going to take a lot of discipline on my part and a lot of support from the wife. This’ll either drive her crazy or make her proud. I’m guessing a little of both.