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.
|January||47 hours||5 hours|
|February||31 hours||2 hours|
|March||36 hours||3 hours|
|April||12 hours||31 hours|
|May||51 hours||15 hours|
|June||36 hours||4 hours|
|TOTAL||213 hours||60 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?