I’ve blogged before about the ‘joys’ of being a multi-project writer, but as the multi-project approach led me to actually finishing things, I’ve always assumed I should stick to it, without ever having looked at it critically.
But when a non-writing friend observed that I seemed to have been working on the same novels ever since he met me, I suddenly found myself doing an analysis.
The results were interesting.
There are 4 novels that I’ve started in the past 6 years and none of them are particularly close to being finished, so what have I achieved in that time?
On those novels I’ve written: 50 + 60 + 20 + 30 thousand words. I also wrote another 50 on the manuscript I finished in 2008.
So, ignoring words written and thrown out on those, and the short stories worked on in that time, that’s 210,000 words.
Considering that I achieved very little writing last year, (knocking much of a year off the time frame), I’m happy to think I’ve produced over 35,000 ‘novel words’ a year. With a full-time job (in which I also spend most of my time writing) I feel fairly contented with the output.
Obviously, if I were only switching between two novels, not four, I might have finished another manuscript by now, but still…