I’ve kept track of how many words I’ve written each day since November of 2009. These started out as .txt documents with the number of days, target word count, and words I actually wrote. From 2012 onward, I started keeping track of my daily writing in a spreadsheet. Over the years, I’ve been refining these spreadsheets into what I hope is their final form.
This is what the spreadsheet currently looks like. If I work on more than one project in a day, I copy the columns (Project Name, Task, Goal, Written) to the right and fill in the information. That way I know exactly how many words I wrote for each story each day.
Additionally, everything I write, whether it’s prose, worldbuilding, or even blog posts, gets copied to a document created specifically for that month. They’re named 01_January, 02_February, etc. and I delete them at the end of the year. This is what I use to figure out my monthly word count, which is what inspired this blog post in the beginning.
Originally, I was wondering if 2020 was worse writing year than previous years. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my monthly word count in one place. I spent way more time than expected compiling all this information and putting it into one place only to find out that 2020 was actually a better-than-normal year:
I wrote 237,601 words in 2020, which is more than every preceding year except for 2013. It’s one of my best writing years. All I did in 2020 was write and edit The Book of Immortality and The Land of Two Moons, and I’m pretty sure that’s why I did so well. I didn’t have to come up with anything new!
Any other writers following me? Do you keep track of your writing on a daily or monthly basis?