I put in a full day of writing. As I write this, my brain feels fired (fried, I meant fired). It’s a tad difficult to concentrate. However, that just means I did a good job today and I’m excited to share it. All in all, I had five writings spurts for today.
I woke up, ate breakfast, and was on my computer by 10:12. I started my first writing sprint by 10:20. My total ‘fingers-on-the-keyboard’ write time was 2 hours and 47 minutes. In that time, I wrote 4,152 words. That works out to 1,493 words an hour. Not the best I’ve done, but well above my average of right at 1,000 words an hour.
If you’ve been following the blog, then you’ll know I’ve been using Dragon to write this second novel. Today was no differnt, and how I hit these numbers.
If we look at total time spent: I consider my clock in time as 10:12, I took lunch at 12:15 and clocked back in at 13:21 and clocked out for the evening at 16:37. That works out to five hours total, and if you divide that by my word count it works out to 830 words an hour. Which is better than my average production schedule. On the last novel, for every hour of write time I blocked out on my calendar, I could expect to write 600 words.
I’m still having to seriously train my Dragon, and half the time I’m writing, I fix odd typos caused by Dragon. However, I suspect by the end of this novel my average write speed will be closer to 2,000 or 2,500 an hour. Likewise, I think the breaks between my writing sprints will shrink. Today I averaged 30 minutes in between each sprint, not counting the hour lunch.
I use a spreadsheet to keep track of my writing, especially my daily word count. According to the formulas, I should finish the first draft of this novel on December 25. I’m looking forward to finishing this novel and the third in the series so I can ultimately publish!