Yesterday, my friend Whitney who blogs about the huge renovation she and her husband are doing to their house, posted some before and after photos. She’s been blogging since August and I commented on how much had changed in that time. She responded by asking me if I knew how many words I’d written in that same period of time. Whitney and I met right at the beginning of both of our journeys. Honestly, I’ve never thought about it but she made me curious and reflective.
I started this blog very tentatively back in 2014. I posted a non-fiction piece about a trip to Ireland. I repeated a story a tour guide had told me about fairy trees. There’s just something about that place. It inspires the poet and the dreamer for sure.
Next, I wrote and posted three fairy tales set in the far, hazy past. Then nothing for a while — months, in fact. But then at the end of June 2015, I published my first novel. It was time to get serious. This blog was to be my author platform, my doorway into a community of other creators and poets and dreamers.
Since August 2015, I have written Second Chances (working title), the fourth book in my novel series at 91,853 words and started the fifth, which has a few chapters complete totaling 6,058 words. I’ve also written a ten part series called Diary of a New Writer which totals 8,118 words. My ongoing fictional piece Here Lies a Soldier has run up to 7,368 words so far. My short stories based on songs add up to another 13,451 words. The Year of Drinking Adventurously has yielded another 4,150 words. And all the other blog posts, poems, limericks and so forth add up to 27,314 words. For a grand total of 158,312 words in 7 months time.
Does that seem like a lot? It isn’t really. On average it works out to 754 words a day. For those of you who have participated in NaNoWriMo, you’d need more than twice that many words per day to complete the challenge. Obviously, I’m not trying to keep to a schedule as rigorous as that, but I am trying to be a consistent and productive writer. I return once again to the important role that discipline plays in successful writing. Without going back into exhaustive detail about it, I’ll just say that having a schedule –one that is practical and fits into your life comfortably, is key. When you figure out that schedule, stick to it.
I love to write, it brings me a lot of joy. But it’s more than words. I would go so far as to say that it’s been therapeutic. There are things I can write about in fiction that I’d be reluctant to talk about otherwise. And this community I’ve found? Absolutely priceless. I love you guys!
How about it, writers and bloggers? Have you ever counted up your words? And what do you love most about blogging?