Well, I published some stories well before I’d completed a million words. Some people even said some complimentary things about them. But one of the things I figure is I’m never going to stop learning. So I keep writing, figuring each new million words as a new apprenticeship.
This year I’ve written a half-million. That complements the half-million from last year. This is the first time I’ve consciously tracked the word count. It’s nice to feel like I’ve clearly got a million under my belt. I think in all the years leading up to that I’d probably written more than a million. But that feels like another lifetime.
Last year was my most successful ever – with more paid publications than ever before. This year was even better. It feels like the work is paying off.
Next year I’m embarking on a new apprenticeship. The first half-million of the next million. Always learning.