I finished SCENT OF MAGIC last night, or rather early this morning!! Wrote my two fav words THE and END ;> Of course, it's not done done - just a messy first draft that will need many rounds of revisions, starting tonight.
I figured out a few stats for a comment on my Goodread's page, so I thought I'd share. As I write, I keep track of how many words I finish each night. I'm a slow writer - and I guessed I average about 1200 words a night - the most in one night for SCENT OF MAGIC was 2664 (Apr 3) and the least was 451 (Jan 18).
It took me 95 writing days over 7 months (mid-Sept to mid-April) and I wrote 101,913 words. Hmmm...I guessed wrong about my average - I calculated it out and it's 1073 words/night for this book :)
Each book is a little different. I went back to my TOUCH OF POWER numbers and it took me 80 writing days over 6 months (Oct to March) and I wrote 99,848 total words. The max was 2654 (Nov 6) and the least was 296 (Jan 12). Average # 1248 words/night.
Hmmm.... guess it's not THAT different - I'm not very prolific in mid-January!
Here are the numbers for OUTSIDE IN: 70 writing days over 5 months (mid-March to mid-July) for a total of 78,028 words. The max was 2380 (May 18) and the least 286 (May 17) hmmm...interesting. Average # 1115 words/night.
Here are the numbers for SPY GLASS: 90 writing days over 5.5 months (mid-June to Dec 3) for a total of 116,542 words. The max was 4186 (Dec 1 - which was near the end - so second max is 2779 on Oct 16) and the least 451 (July 14). Average # 1295 words/night.
NOTE: Both SPY GLASS and OUTSIDE IN were written in that very stressful time when I had two books coming out per year - shudder!
Now I wished I've done this for all my books. But I started about half way through SEA GLASS as a competition with my friend Judi :) If it wasn't for her, I'd still be working on that book!
PS: I took that picture in January - it's the sunset behind my house. I'm a sucker for landscapes and up close pictures of flowers :)