No words written yesterday and very little done writing-wise (drinks after work for someone's leaving do threw a spanner in the works). Last night I totted up my year-to-date figures (something I try and do at the end of every month).
I haven't set myself any specific targets for my writing year (apart from "write over 100,000 words this year") but, having read Sally's recent blog entry, I've started thinking that maybe I should. Anyway, here are my stats for the first four months of 2007:
Number of words written: 55,017
Number of stories written: 10
Number of flashes written: 2
Number of poems written: 1
Percentage of novel written: 38.1%
Number of subs: 81*
Number of hits: 9
Number of rejects: 29
Number of publications: 3
* 81 isn't the number of unique stories/flashes/poems I've sent out as I recycle my subs. i.e. if I send out a story to a comp in January and get a rejection in February I'll normally send it out again, straight away, to another comp or publication. That way you continually have subs 'out there'.
My stats don't look too bad for four months (especially the number of words written, the novel stats and subs rate) but I'm not impressed by the number of stories and flashes I've written. The hit rate could be a bit better too.
So, time to set myself some targets for the rest of 2007:
1) Finish novel
2) Write 40 stories
3) Write 20 flashes
4) Write 200,000 words
5) Get 40 hits
6) Achieve 20 publications (online or print)
7) Start new novel?
The targets look a bit high and scary at the moment but sometimes you need to stretch yourself. At the end of the year I'll report on how well I did!