Here's what I found out:
- My writing productivity, as in simply new words I've written, ranged from 0 words in some weeks when I was on holiday without my laptop or was armpits deep in an edit of a contracted novel – to 27357 words in a week when I wrote 22294 words on the novel, Love U More and 5063 words on blog posts – a combination of Liam Livings blogs about various topics and some promo blog for Escaping From Him. That's a pretty epic word count if I do say so myself. There's no way I'd be able to keep that up week in week out, even if I didn't have a day job, but I seem to work best with bursts of writing, interspersed with periods of no writing.
- My average word count per week altogether was 7545 words per week
- My average fiction word count per week was 5368 words per week
- There was a gap of 12 weeks when I wrote no new fiction words, because I had a series of edits / promo / marketing work contracted to complete by deadlines.
- There was only 1800 words recorded as 'planning' which makes sense because I tend to plot and brainstorm ideas pencil and paper, which I don't count words for
- In addition, I wrote my journal every day which also works out at about 80,000 words, but I've not included these in my total, although technically, they are still writing a story – of my day – even if it's not fiction
- 72193 words of blog writing is quite a lot really. Most of this is promo blogs for contracted books – interviews, the story behind the story etc, and some is my own opinion pieces on my Liam Livings blog.
- 38258 words for 'other' including beta reading, free-writing and reports for the RNA's New Writers Scheme
- There were 5 weeks when I wrote 0 words in total (across all categories). In these weeks I was doing edits, on holiday, doing proof reading of my contracted stories, or doing tax return stuff among other things
Do you record your writing productivity in a spreadsheet? Or do you just go with the flow?
If you'd like a copy of the spreadsheet I use, you can download it in this link.
Until next time,
Liam Livings xx
PS: because it's dark, cold and January, a selection of pictures I took in 2015.