Good morning, and happy Valentines Day!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found it hard to stick with one writing project. Instead, I rotate from one project to a new project to a new project until my computer storage space is full.
I did something yesterday that motivated me to stick to just one, and I recommend you do the same if you have this problem. Even if you don’t, this is very inspiring and I’d recommend doing it anyway.
I made a list of all of the books I started writing this year and last year- probably not all of them, but only the ones I could think of off the top of my head. Beside the titles, I wrote the word counts. If I couldn’t find the document on the computer or my email (because who knows what happened to some of them…), I took a guess and rounded down a bit so I wouldn’t be over exaggerating.
Finally, I added all of the word counts. Here’s my list:
My Recent Books and Their Word-Counts
– Demonica: 4,191 words
– Nevada Confidential: 56,861 words
– Corazon: 2,012 words
– Guardian Wings: 888 words
– That Girl: (about) 6,000 words
– Dear Jackson: (about) 20,000 words
– Pearl Reef: (About) 10,000 words
– Journey to the Kingdom of the Animals: (About) 8,000
– Realm of Shadows: (About) 3,000 words
– Concordia: 1,462 words
-Ranger: 1,449 words
-Kingdom of the Sun: 11,425 words
– The Feline Network: 2,444 words
– Myth: 6,102 words
– Barnyard: 1,007
– Flicker: 634 words
– Wolf Island: (about) 200 words
– Captives To Confusion: 12,497
– Ocean Odyssey: 5,372
– Untitled Creepy Book: 3,611
– Carinsia (Many versions): (About) 10,000 words
– Ridge Wolf: 10,996 words
– Annie Android: 1,707 words
– To The Rebels: 6,592
– Her Reality: 15,378 words
All Added: 196,993 words
Wow! If only I’d stuck to one book. I think this was a real game-changer for me because it showed me what I can achieve if I just dedicate my time to one project and pour my heart and soul into it. I mean, this was over the course of just over a year! I used to feel like I couldn’t write a full book because I was always transitioning so quickly between them. It didn’t look like I’d written much because I forgot about each book; the numbers were scattered. The final count, though, made all the difference.
I decided to pick one book from the list and work on it until it’s done, and then go from there. I chose my recent middle-grade book, Journey to the Kingdom of the Animals, and actually wound up restarting it. I like the way it’s going now, and I have a good feeling about finishing it. (Plus I told my Mom that she had to force me to keep writing it, so…)
That’s all for today. I hope this was helpful to you. Make sure to tell me your final word counts if you try this; I’d love to see!