It's been six months, or thereabouts, since I started my writerly journey. While I have my ticker, and I regularly update about my rejections, I thought a little statistical update might put these months into context.
This update is for me as well, to give myself a little self-motivational cheer leading.
Numbers of stories I have written: 15
Approximate number of words (without edits): 58 000
Stories submitted: 7
Number of submissions made to magazines and online publications: 22
Number of contest entries made: 5
Number of close, but no cigar: 3
What surprises me most is the approximate number of words written. I'm rather scared of making plans about a novel, but seeing that 58K number coming from aggregate sources over six months is heartening. I know I can do it if I put my energy into it. However, a novel is a completely different beast because it's such a large devotion of time and I am really loving writing short fiction at the moment.
So hello void, I'm still shouting, but you haven't defeated me yet.
Litres of blood, sweat and tears expended: infinite