The Magical 50k word barrier

When I finished the re-write of chapter 15 my spreadsheet tracking tool told me that I had gone over the 50k words mark.


I know I’m sad posting a picture of my spreadsheet, but Shannon Howell posted something similar in an update about last month and I thought it was a good idea. Maybe next time I’ll add a chart 🙂

For pages and words I am 54% of the way through the re-write and 48% of Chapters are complete. The reason they are behind is simply down to longer chapters in the first half of the book. They shorten as we get towards the end to (hopefully) help build momentum.

So I am more than half way through and have written over 10k words so far in March. I will soon burst through the 200 page mark and I like being able to tick off the targets and milestones. I don’t know about you, but I get an extra shot of confidence the further I go into any project. Being able to see the finishing line is the best incentive.

When I started the re-write back in October I was determined to get to the end and now I am fully immersed in the story, I cannot wait to write the next scene and then the next one. (except when I take a short break to write a new blog post)

I don’t know whether it was my recent birthday or the fact that spring has sprung, but something seems to have clicked. I need to ride the wave all the way to the finishing line.

Talking of spring, I thought I’d share a photo of fresh bloom.

About Pete Denton

I'm a writer working my way through the redrafts of a British crime novel. I also write short stories, flash fiction and some screen writing. Check out my blog for more.
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33 Responses to The Magical 50k word barrier

  1. robincoyle says:

    I can’t believe I have failed to ask you what your book is about! Well?

  2. urbanheart says:

    I totally get it, I got really excited last night when I checked the word count of my first attempt at a novel, 9081 words! Still a long way to go but getting there

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  4. Very nice spreadsheet. It’s not sad, it is very happy. 🙂

  5. justinbog says:

    Hello, Pete,
    I love hearing the good news about your work in progress. Word counts are fun . . . I always check after a hundred pages go by (not very swiftly either, on my count) . . . and statistics do tell a tale all on their own. Oh: Happy Birthday too.

    • Pete Denton says:

      Thanks, Justin. Hopefully I’ll hit the 200 pages mark by the weekend. I do like to feel like I’m making progress and the more I work the more I want to work. Good luck with your writing.

      Thanks for the birthday wishes too 🙂

  6. rtd14 says:

    I’ve kept up with the basic word count of the main book I’m writing, but I’ve never been that organized in keeping a detailed record. Congrats to you! I could not do that. I have so much to keep up with work and trying to edit. But that is me. Again, awesome!

    • Pete Denton says:

      Thanks, Rebecca. Sometimes I spend more time getting the periphery bits and pieces when I should be concentrating on writing, but I do like to be organised. Best of luck with your writing.

  7. Hope the finish line is in clear view for you, Pete!!

  8. Ava Alexus says:

    You’re certainly right Pete about the 50K mark being magical. That’s all I think about when I’m writing, and after my few days break it seems so far away! (I always do a word count when I finish writing a section. It’s like compulsive checking!)

    Congratulations 🙂 Spring does make things seem a bit brighter and sweeter.

  9. Jeannie says:

    ride the wave Pete! 🙂

  10. Hurrah! How will you celebrate that milestone then?

  11. djpaterson says:

    Great achievement, Pete.

  12. Good to see a fellow writer making progress. I’m at 29k on mine, about a third of the way through. Good luck!

    • Pete Denton says:

      Thank you. I agree. I love reading other people’s blogs charting their progress. It inspires me to keep plugging away.

      A third of the way through will soon be halfway 🙂 All the best with your book.

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  14. Kourtney Heintz says:

    Congrats! I like how you track everything and measure your progress. It must help you stay focused and on track.

  15. Hey Pete,
    You’re not ‘sad’ at all for posting that spreadsheet, I thought it was a cool idea! I am obsessive with tracking each word and every page on my first drafts, because like you said, it’s a total rush to accomplish important goals. You’ve inspired me to to start one of those babies to keep track my revision progress. Great idea!

    And Happy Late Birthday! (Mine was on the 10th) 🙂

  16. danbracewell says:

    Way to go, Pete! I actually like your spreadsheet. I might have to do something similar. I like going back and seeing what I was doing. Helps me see what I did right and what I could have done better and also what my tendencies are. Always good to improve one’s game! Thanks for the post and go, go, go!

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