Writing Stats for January 2014

I'd like to start a new series of blog posts for 2014. Inspired by some of the posts I'm seeing from other authors, I thought it might be good to report to all of you on my writing progress each month. If you like these posts, please let me know in the comments or at one of my other sites.

I keep track of my daily progress with a page count. Yes, word counts are the common currency of writing. However, it's easier to write a one- or two-digit number on a calendar than a four-digit number.

One last thing before I get to the stats: my goal is to write at least 4 pages in the morning, six days a week, and at least 2 in the afternoon, six days a week. I'm thinking about modifying those goals in the next month or so. I'll let you know what I decide.

So, for January, I wrote a total of 131 pages. That's about 20-25 pages below what I should have written for the month. However, I did lose a week to suffering a back strain, and there were days where I had to run errands during my scheduled morning session.

All that said, under the old schedule, with just one session a day, six days a week, my output would have averaged about 100 pages a month. So, overall, January was okay, but not as good as it could have been.

(For you writers out there, that means I wrote roughly 33,000 words in January.)

Those are the stats for the first month of 2014. Here's hoping for more productivity the rest of this year.


  1. Good work! 33,000 words is nothing to sneeze at.

  2. Great work Robert! It's not a sin to take a day off occasionally; get a bit of distance and let your mind renew. Ruminate over where you want to go in the story, what you might consider revising once editing begins, and how the characters can interact in coming scenes. Besides, some days you just gotta go to the grocery store. Keep up the good work.


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