I discovered today that I’ve written over 25,000 words in the course of working on my dream series of books.

That’s 25,000 words of backstory, character development, and worldbuilding. Not including the stuff I toyed with, wrote down, and discarded. And there’s much more to be done before I actually start the first draft.

I suppose this could be a little discouraging: 25,000 words and not even a partial draft to show for it. But I’m going to take it as a good sign, because:

  1. With the scale of the stories I have in mind, detailed planning and preparation is a must.
  2. I’m much more productive now that I’ve learned to get things down on paper instead of just simmering ideas inside my head.
  3. They may not be part of an actual draft, but 25,000 words is a lot. For me, anyway. It’s something to show for my effort.

I’m aware that 25,000 words isn’t that much in the grand scheme of things. But still … with big goals, it’s nice to be able to quantify your progress, even if you’re only a fraction of the way there.