Saturday, June 18, 2011

200,000 Words

Just logged in my daily word count on the spreadsheet I use to keep track of such things, and saw that I had hit the milestone of 200,000 words for the year. It seemed like such an auspicious moment I thought I’d better commemorate it with a quick blog entry. As you may know, I’m two weeks into the Odyssey Writing Workshop, and the workload is such that there’s not much time for blogging, or anything else but writing and critiquing classmates' work.

It’s been quite an amazing experience, though. I find I’ve been working from about six a.m. until about eleven at night, but it’s been quite rewarding. I’ve been cranking out about 12,000 words a week, so just under double my usual weekly output. I’m also learning a lot through the lectures and the critiquing process. I feel like I’ve learned so much new stuff about writing that its like using a sling shot my whole life, and now I’ve suddenly been given a machine gun. But of course all this new found knowledge means I’ve got to change the way I’ve been doing some things in the past.

Anyway, that’s about all the update I’ve got time for now. Back to work!



  1. I know and appreciate that feeling. You're now right about at the point where I told Jeanne that "I now know what I'm doing wrong, but I don't yet know how to get myself to fix it."

    Good luck with the second half of Odyssey!

  2. Thanks, Eileen

    Yes, I have learned so much that I am doing wrong, it is almost overwhelming. I am of course glad of this, but I don't know how to fix it all either. At present I am just focusing on the one or two things Jeanne and I made as goals for me and fixing those--otherwise, I don't think I would get anything written!

    See you in a few weeks.