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Word counts....

Went a little crazy today, and wanted to get an idea of how much I've written in my post manga InuYasha story universe:

Using the word counter at ff.net as my source, which is a little more generous than the one on my word processor, but a lot easier to wrangle for this type of stuff,  if I count just my post manga universe poems, oneshots and drabbles (including a few pieces that actually happen before Kagome's return, but were written for the post manga universe, I've done

165,474 words.

If I add in Yesterday's Tomorrows, which was the start of all this stuff, really, the number goes up to:

186,772 words.

That's a lot of mostly IK stuff.  My goodness.  I also wrote another 55,000 words on a story for the NaNoWriMo, some revision for Evil in Men's Hearts, the revision of After the End, a few non-fanfic short stories, and lots and lots of non InuYasha poetry.

There will be at least one year in my life that I can claim I was a productive writer.

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sunsingergirl
Oct. 8th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
O.o

Holy regurgitated fish paste, Sue!
knittingknots
Oct. 8th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
I was rather shocked, myself...
luxken27
Oct. 8th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
O.O Wow. That's...wow!!

You certainly have devoted a chunk of change to this universe. That's impressive on a bunch of different levels...goodness knows I've never been able to break 100K on any of my working universes, and that's actually one of my goals.

Kudos!! And am I right to assume you're nowhere near finished? Hehe :)
knittingknots
Oct. 8th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
I haven't even finished year 1 (1557) much less finished the whole of what I have sketched out already...I've pushed it up to 1568, so that's ll years already to play with...And since it's the only story universe (with rare exceptions) that I put Inu and company into, it's easy to stay focused on who they are and what they've done and their characterization...

And to think, it's all been written non-linearly...

One day I'm going to have to name this monster.
luxken27
Oct. 8th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
That's the thing with serials...they have the infinite possibility to unfold with no ending in sight. That can be a good thing (such as here ~ since you are focused on the characters and how they grow and change over time, instead of zooming in on a certain plot), and a bad thing. I think serial-style writing works quite well for me, but the one thing I fear most is the stories spiraling out of control.

And to think, it's all been written non-linearly...

LOL, I know!! That's the most amazing part!! Speaking from experience, that is Not. Easy. Not in the least!

But the good thing about non-linear is you can write all the 'good' parts first, and go back and fill in the rest... :D

Edited at 2009-10-08 05:47 am (UTC)
kokoronagomu
Oct. 8th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
and i, for one, have enjoyed most of those words... the poems-- not so much (can't read dizzy)

ah, the products of a fertile imagination!
patty530
Oct. 8th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
Um...WOW. Congrats. Dang, I feel like an underachiever. :)

Since I've read just about everything you've written that means I've read over 100,000 of your words. Cool.
knittingknots
Oct. 8th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
If you've read everything, it's probably closer to 300,000...amazing....I didn't realize just how much I've been writing...
madmiko
Oct. 8th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
Is all that in this past year? Not counting your other writings? Niiiiiice! ^_^ I'll be checking out my yearly totals coming up in November. This past year has not been nearly as productive for me as the one before. Keep up the good work--it benefits us all! ^_^
knittingknots
Oct. 8th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
I think it's over about 15 months. But for me, it feels like I've accomplished learning to make writing fiction a high priority, and a part of who I am. That is cool.
landofthekwt
Oct. 8th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Congrats. Many of us hang on your every word just waiting to see the drabble or one shot you have written today.I love the slice of IK domestic life you let us see because they seem like real people doing the important business of living and raising a family.
knittingknots
Oct. 8th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
They're not real people? LOL (In my mind, since I spend so much time with them, they're more real to me than many people I only casually know...) Yeah, that's my goal, to walk with them through the business of living everyday life with its ups and downs, crises and happy moments.
baltimoreandme
Oct. 8th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
That's at least a novel and a half!
knittingknots
Oct. 8th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Now I have to learn to do that on a sustained story...at least I've learned how to write consistantly...
darkelf19
Oct. 8th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? I'm thinking I'll give it a shot.
knittingknots
Oct. 8th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
I am. I just finally decided which of the stories I'm playing with I'm going to do.

It's really good practice on learning sustained writing. One of the things I've been learning this year is how to write when I don't feel motivated to write....
darkelf19
Oct. 9th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
Share the knowledge?
knittingknots
Oct. 9th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
It's a case of you just do it. Attacking that blank page even when you don't want to. I'll let myself go a day or two sometimes, but even on a bad week, I usually knock out 3 drabbles or oneshots. The more I do it, the easier it is to kick the aversion down.

I also gather things that I know will help me come up with ideas. Pictures, poems, trivia, books on art, cooking, history, and other stuff are often starting points for me to come up with ideas. And if I get an idea, I start writing something. I might not complete it at the moment, but I save it and go back to it.

But I am doing short works. Knowing that there is an end in sight helps get through the momentary aversion. Now I have to put that hard-gained knowledge to work on a longer, sustained, more carefully plotted story on a regular basis.

I also find sometimes journalling to myself about what I would like to do with the piece I'm writing sometimes helps...or talking to a friend to help me focus.
darkelf19
Oct. 9th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
Great ideas! Thanks. Maybe I'll be able to kick this slump I've been in. *crosses fingers*
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