Statistics and Writing History

by Jan Michal Lucki, January 29th, 2022

Today, I finally finished a short story I started writing what feels like 5 years ago. I was digging through my archives, trying to figure out exactly when I'd started it, but all I had was February 16, 2020, the day I finished my first rough draft.

Then, by chance, I found the Writing History feature of Scrivener. It showed me the exact day I started the story, and even my total writing days, and average words per day.

The short story, tentatively titled The Whispers, took a total of 88 writing days to find its complete form, with an average of 406 words written per writing day. That's 35,728 words written for a short story that's ended up around 5,100 words long. It also took a ridiculous 890 actual days to complete, from the first writing day, to the last. 2 years, 5 months, and 6 days.

Over two years of not writing the story. Sure, I did other things in that time, but I need to learn a little more self discipline going forward, for writing short stories. Thankfully, I think the scrawls have helped a lot with that, and I haven't gone more than 2 days without writing since August 9, 2021, apart for 1 week where I took a holiday abroad.

Let the writing adventure continue.

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