Writing time

At the beginning of this year, I thought it would be interesting to see how much time I spend writing and beta reading, so I started to keep track of my writing / beta reading time.

Now that the first half of the year is over, I took a look at the numbers.

WritingBeta reading
January47 hours5 hours
February31 hours2 hours
March36 hours3 hours
April12 hours31 hours
May51 hours15 hours
June36 hours4 hours
TOTAL213 hours60 hours

I was amazed to see how big the differences between some of the months are. On average, I spent 35.5 hours each month writing and 10 hours beta reading. Is that a lot? Very little? I have no idea, since I don’t have any other numbers to compare it to. But I think for someone who has a full-time job in addition to being a writer, I’m doing okay.

Obviously, the time spent beta reading takes away from my writing time, but I still don’t regret the time spent helping other writers with their manuscripts.

2/3 of my writing time is spent on the train. If it weren’t for the Deutsche Bahn (the German national railway company), it would probably take me two years to complete a novel. ;-)

So is anyone else here a statistics freak and keeping track of the time spent writing?

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