I’ve written more words this year, to date, than I wrote in all of last year

Some might recall that last year was an insanely productive year for me. I wrote 279,000 words, which was more than my combined output during the five years of my writing “career”. Originally, this year did not look like it was going to be as productive, and I was happy enough with that. I thought that I had spent last year establishing a productivity-related high water mark that would from now on allow me to make improvements by increasing the quality of my writing instead of its quantity.

But then I wrote a novel in 8 days (and, including revisions and other short story writing, that means I wrote 100,000 words in July alone). So, as of today, I have written more words this year than I did last year, and could very well break 400k for this year.