Thursday, March 31, 2016

My Targets in 2016

My Targets in 2016

In December 2015 I decided to try and write ONE MILLION WORDS by the end of 2016.

I wanted the personal challenge, I wanted to find out what was possible, I wanted to be an example to Boot Campers and anyone else who might take an interest.

I started December 7th 2015 and in December wrote 86,667 words at an average of 3,467 words per day. January started with a rush but then in the last third of the month I wrote


and I felt something was wrong. February was a disaster and I wrote less than 20,000 words in 27 days but managed a "save" with 11,000 for the last two days.

I had been quite ill for 6 weeks but now, today, the last day of March, I am a few hundred words short of writing 140,000 words for the month.

My total is now 341,359 words and I am scheduled to reach the 1,000,000 mark some time in November.

113 Flashes
054 Poems
039 Stories

Many articles, lots of writing about writing (and this process)

It is really tough. I have sore eyes, sore fingers. I have to go for walks and go to the gym every day to make sure my body doesn't seize up. I've lost weight.

But I'm showing myself what can be done, and there is NO FALL OFF IN QUALITY.

Far from it. When I am in the zone the quality INCREASES. I have written already, the equivalent of 3-4 novels, a few books of shorts, and the standard remains close to my best.

Always aim higher.

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