This post is going to be short, as I want to focus it on my writing this past year. Chances are you won't care a lot about this, but I feel like it is something I need to share. For the year of 2012, I kept a journal of how many words I wrote a day and then totalled it up at the end of the week. I have OCD, I know, but this has turned out to be surprisingly useful. It kept me disciplined and striving to beat my previous record. However, it had a few drawbacks. The last few months of the year left me quite stressed and so I wasn't writing as much - in fact, I barely wrote anything. This lack of entries in the journal made me guilty and angry with myself, making the stress worse...and well, it wasn't a very nice feeling. Despite that, the journal was a good idea, and the results it showed were interesting:
- In 2012, I wrote *about* 257,603 words - just over J.K Rowling's Order of the Phoenix Considering I was studying for exams and coping with some stress, I think that is a pretty good word count!
- The average word count per week was 6440 words, though I wrote more words in the latter half of the year than in the former.
- The highest word count was 11534 words, which was the week I was writing the climax of Wolfbane. The second highest was 11371 words, which was the week I finished Arwyn.
- My writing style changed a lot over the year. For example in the first few months, I was writing little and often, but after the summer I was writing a lot a few times a week. The first method amassed about 6000 words a week; the latter about 8000.
So, that's that. I think I did quite well with myself over the past year. This year though, the rules are being relaxed - there is no journal, no schedule telling me I need to write. I will write when I want and hopefully, I'll feel better for it.