I recently read that a writer must first write ONE MILLION words of crap before their writing becomes any good.
Wow. One Million words is A LOT.
Sure, the more you write, the better you get ... but one million words? Really? That seems like a lot. Let's tally up my total to see if I'm anywhere near this mark.
I've completed 6 books during my 3 years of writing (and this is with actually taking a year off). And I've started a slew of other ones. Here they are:
Lost & Found (MG) 32,773
Recaptured Dreams 68,540
Broken Ties That Bind 90,541
All American Girl 90,449
WIP's (things I've started or am currently working on):
Seduction of MJ 2,159
Lorcan Warlocks 9,687
Saving Ezra 16,360
Urban Cowgirl 6,901
Life Goes On 855
Touch of Heart 18,783
For each completed book, I'm going to add an additional 7,000 words. Because let's face it, in those first stages, lots of stuff is deleted and added. I like to call that stuff word vomit. :-) Typos fall under that catagory, too ... but, er, that's another topic.
So, the rough number of words I have written is (drum roll please ...)
Hmm ... so I've written SIX books and still only reached the halfway mark? *shakes head*
Now ... did I write crap to begin with?
Am I still writing crap after a half a million words?
And every time I tap away at the keyboard, I'm getting better, and better, and better, and better. And I'm better than the first book. WAY better. *pats self on back*
So, I don't think a million words is the magic number. I do believe everyone has a magic number, but depending on you, that number may be small or large.
What do you think, peeps? What's your magic number? Have any of you hit the one million mark? Tell me. (Although I'm pretty sure there is one of you out there that has ... ahem, Dr. B.)
PS If you missed the Author Interview with Christi Goddard yesterday, go check it out here.