Possession first draft complete–and some nerdy writing statistics

Panda_happy_jumpYesterday, I typed the magic words on Possession–“The End”! 🙂 It hasn’t quite sunk in that it’s finished yet, but I’m happy to report that I celebrated with some very nice strawberries, dark chocolate and cookies. Yum!

Now, for some nerdy writing statistics on the first draft!

Total words:
103,599

Total new words written:
80,063

Days to complete the draft:
43

Average words per day:
1,908

Average words per hour:
1,234

And, some fun charts!

possession_words_per_day

What can we conclude from this? Well, for one thing, I don’t like to leave days with 0 words. 😀 Even if I didn’t have any time to write some days, all but one of those days I still wrote a few sentences. I really prefer to keep the book fresh in my mind, and I find that really helps. At the other end of the spectrum, my top word count per day was 5,000 words.

Otherwise, there are more low bars early on, and the reason for that is that I could reuse more experimental scenes for the first part of the novel–but I had to modify them and that took time, so I wasn’t writing new words.

Here’s another with average per weekday:

possession_average_weekdayTuesdays had the fewest words, which makes sense because it’s the day I’m usually writing blog posts. Mondays and Fridays quite unsurprisingly have the most, because those are the days I have more time to write. Why are Wednesdays so high though? Beats me, but it seems to be a productive day, despite having the same amount of writing time (on average) as Thursdays! I also note that I never end up writing as much as I optimistically think I will on weekends. 🙂

Here’s another one:

possession_scatterHere I was curious to see if I write faster depending on how much time I spend writing. The answer seems to be no. Most days, I write between 1,000 and 1,800 words per hour it seems. There’s one fallacy in the data though, and it’s that I didn’t track how many writing sessions I did. Most days, it’s two–one in the morning, one in the evening, but sometimes it was three.

Well, that was fun! Right? Right? 😉

Now, I’m off to celebrate finishing the draft some more!

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6 Responses to Possession first draft complete–and some nerdy writing statistics

  1. I love the stats! I’m super nerdy about tracking my writing habits, too. I was surprised in the last book to realize I typically write more per hour in the afternoons than morning. I would have said the opposite. Of course, there are more interruptions in the morning, so it might just be having a solid chunk of time that makes the afternoons more productive.

    I’m impressed that you wrote nearly every single day! That’s quite a marathon. Congratulations on finishing the first draft!

    • Sara Thorn says:

      Thanks Rebecca! I like to keep the flow going once I get started, so I try to keep at it every day.

      Uninterrupted time is definitely key for me–it would be torture to write in 10 minute chunks or something. I need to fall into the fictional dream to get those words down. 🙂

  2. That’s very inspiring, actually, seeing how many words you manage to write in a day or hour. I really really need to up my game when it comes to writing more words.

  3. Grace Kahlo says:

    Congrats, Sara! I’m with Kathryn–it’s really inspiring to read your stats and how much you accomplished during the past 43 days! I’m in awe 🙂

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