2018 Word Counts


December 2018

  • 12/05/18: 1,623 (TCA)

  • 12/04/18: 1,609 (TCA)

  • 12/03/18: 948 (TCA)

KEY NOTES:

"TCA" = The Crypt Artist by Deborah O'Toole.

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November 2018

  • 11/28/18: 114,403 (ML)

  • 11/26/18: 2,736 (JCC)

  • 11/23/18: 1,845 (JCC)

  • 11/22/18: 2,910 (JCC)

  • 11/21/18: 4,016 (JCC)

  • 11/20/18: 3,911 (JCC)

  • 11/19/18: 2,616 (JCC)

KEY NOTES:

"JCC" = Japanese Culture & Cuisine by Shenanchie O'Toole (aka Deborah O'Toole; editing & web assembly), and "ML" = Megan's Legacy by Deidre Dalton (aka Deborah O'Toole; editing print edition only).

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September 2018

  • 09/21/18: 1,212 (TCA)

  • 09/20/18: 1,619 (TCA)

  • 09/19/18: 1,099 (GH)

KEY NOTES:

"GH" = Glinhaven and "TCA" = The Crypt Artist by Deborah O'Toole.

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July 2018

  • 07/01/18: 1,711 (TCA)

KEY NOTES:

"TCA" = The Crypt Artist by Deborah O'Toole.

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June 2018

  • 06/27/18: 2,016 (TCA)

KEY NOTES:

"TCA" = The Crypt Artist by Deborah O'Toole.

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February 2018

  • 02/28/18: 1,190 (KS)

KEY NOTES:

"KS" = Kama Sutra book review by Deborah O'Toole.

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January 2018

  • 01/16/18: 1,116 (GH)

  • 01/15/18: 1,011 (GH)

  • 01/14/18: 679 (GH)

KEY NOTES:

"GH" = Glinhaven by Deborah O'Toole.

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About WORD COUNTS

If I wasn't an author, I'd probably be a statistician. It's just in my nature to organize and track data of all kinds, especially information pertinent to my writing and all else related. I'm a Virgo, which might explain the tendency.

Since May 2010, I've kept track of my writing word counts. The process was inspired by the Daily Words Challenge. I try not to put pressure on myself in order to keep creative juices flowing, thus the multiple challenges. I always forgive myself if I fall short of any of the marks.

Someone asked me if it was time-consuming to track daily word counts, inferring it was an unnecessary task. However, the process takes mere seconds when using Microsoft Word. I can track entire documents, words as I type them or specific selections (such as paragraphs and sentences) with the click of a mouse.

For instance, the above paragraph contains fifty-three words. In Microsoft Word, simply select the text to be counted and glance at the status bar at the bottom of the page. If it's a large document but you only want to count specific text, the status bar will read "53/650" (text selected as opposed to the word count of the entire document). It's quick, easy and painless. Therefore, not time-consuming in the least.

Writers who plan to submit their work to traditional publishers typically have to provide a manuscript word count anyway, so keeping track from the get-go is a good idea.

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