I’m not having one of my better days and so I decided to cheer myself up by writing a blog post about something cool.
About this time last year I started writing stuff. I’ve always been creative but apart from an abortive flirtation at University I’d put those energies into other things.
Spin forward to February 2011, with me not using that bit of my brain much.
Luckily for me I have a wonderful insightful wife who noticed and pointed out that maybe I was a frustrated creative. So I decided to crank up the old lap top and have a go.
I started a spread sheet to record each story and how many words I’d written. In my own naïve way I also set some targets or perhaps it’s better to say levels, where words = experience. Essentially I cast myself as a Level 0 D&D writer, with 1d4 Hit Points, an outdated writing device and no social network.
So the levels were as follows:
0-50K – Apprentice
100K – Journeyman
250K – Practised
1000000 – Veteran
I guess I liked the idea that by plugging away at enough low level stuff I naturally progress and develop (and of course upgrade my kit).
So how did I do? To date, over the past 12 months, I’ve written 244642 words of fiction. That’s not to say they’re all very good words. In fact some of them will never see the light of day but regardless, I have made them and feel proud of that.
They include the first draft of a novel, the first four fifths of the sequel, a couple of short stories and lots of flashes.
I suspect that ‘real’ writers think more about books written than words written, in the same way that my C.V. kind of zoom’s out as I get older. For now though I’m just going to enjoy the glow for a bit.
Any of you think of your writer self in levels? Any Arch-Writers out there? Dual classed types? Or is it just me?