I heard Tobias Buckell say in an interview at Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing that most writers need to write a good one million words of crap before coming up with anything publishable. Obviously this isn’t always the case, but it got me thinking of how many words I have written.
276,377 words! Is that a lot? Granted, I’ve written loads more short stories than novel attempts, but that means I’m a little over a quarter of the way to that million. Is that a good thing? I don’t know. Perhaps I’ll break the mold with some short stories, but perhaps those aren’t generally counted and Tobias was referring to novels, which would make sense.
What about your word counts? Count everything that is fiction! All of it, even unfinished stuff!