Think You Will Never Finish A Novel? Grammarly Will Show You The Truth
We’re underestimating our own abilities.
For many years I believed I would never finish a novel. It’s a huge undertaking. If people like George R.R. Martin do not complete their novels in 8 years, why should I be any different, right?
Ever since I started writing in English for publishing purposes, I’ve been using Grammarly. I use it almost everywhere I write in English. Especially for work emails and Medium posts.
A few weeks ago, I discovered something pretty remarkable in my Gmail’s promotional tab: Grammarly Insights.
Grammarly was sending me weekly stats about my English writing without me even realizing it because it was being sent to my promotion tab on Gmail.
What I discovered there changed my whole outlook on the endeavor to write my book. It was closer than I thought.
I have a streak of 28 weeks writing with Grammarly. Each week I get an insights email, and they mostly go to the promotions tab on Gmail. So I manually searched the April emails and discovered something pretty amazing.
They say an average novel is about 50K words, no? Well, I wrote 73K words in that first week of April. Now if only each one of those words had made me a dollar, I would be debt free!
84K words in the second week of April. That is 10K words more than the previous week. I don’t even feel like I wrote that much. The third week was less productive than the last two.
April 19th was a holiday in Israel, and I was disconnected for 48 hours from technology. That’s the reason for the low amount of words in that week. The week after I came back with a bang.
Holy moly! 202K words?! That is a lot! I don’t even remember writing that much!
Overall, I wrote 407K words in April alone.
I still can’t quite fathom this amount of words.
Now, imagine if even half of this amount was devoted to writing my novel. I would have a 200K word novel in one month. One. Month.
As you can see, writing a novel is an enormous task but not an impossible one. Grammarly Insights proves that we already write so much and if we plan our writing, we can make it happen a lot faster than we previously believed.
The next time you doubt yourself, go check out how many words you wrote this month — it’s probably much more than you thought.
Oren Cohen is a Software Development Engineer, Gamer, Geek, and Writer. He is writing in all sorts of topics on Medium, though his passion lies with Fantasy and Video Games.