A Year of Creative Output

I have an Apple Pencil now. Suddenly, I feel dangerous…[/caption]Today marks my second consecutive year of blogging (nearly) every day, and I’m very pleased with how far this space has come. I’m extremely grateful to my regular readers 1, and have actually conversed with some “off-blog” this year. Given my wide-range of subject matter, I’m always fascinated why people follow this blog. If you’re a regular or semi-regular reader I’d love to get your reasons in a comment some time!

Wezlo as a comic
I have an Apple Pencil now. I suddenly feel dangerous.
Yesterday morning I was chatting with friend about reflecting on 2016, and our conversation got me pondering just how much I’ve written this year. Now that all my writing is organized in various Scrivener projects, it was actually quite easy to find out! Let me break it down.

My “general posts,” any post not marked “Fiction Tuesday” or “Unpacking,” tallied 113,244 words.

The scenes from Welcome to the Valleys which appeared on Fiction Tuesday in 2016 totaled 58,086 words. Accompanying those scenes were my unpacking posts on Wednesdays. Those posts which referenced Welcome to the Valleys came to 24,457 words.

In the Land of the Penny Gnomes became my Fiction Tuesday focus once I completed Valleys, but most of those posts had been written several years ago. All I did was edit them for posting. The scene immediately following Christmas, however, was brand new material which added 1,289 words to my blogging total. All of my unpacking posts for Penny Gnomes were new, and those came to 7,802 words.

All together, my blogging word count for 2016 2 is 204,878 words. As my friend put it, “You’re going to need another keyboard cover if you keep that up!”

That, however, is not all I wrote. As many of this blog’s readers are aware, I am a pastor. This means most weeks I need to go through the process of creating a short research/reflection project. Two elements of this work found their way into a Scrivener project in 2016, totaling 54,771 words. This does not include notes I wrote on individual Bible verses or my translations and initial thoughts, both of which reside in different spaces 3. Perhaps next year I’ll put all my work 4 into a Scrivener project, it would be nice to track just how much I’m writing.

Added together, my personal writing projects totaled 259,649 words. To put that all in perspective, National Novel Writing Month has a target of 50,000 words. This means my writing was the equivalent of just over five NaNoWriMo’s 5!

This is an insane amount of output 6, but I’m not quite done yet. I’ll be continuing this discipline in 2017 and, as I’ve now acquired an Apple Pencil, perhaps I’ll be creating a comic or two in the coming year 7.

I began this blog in 2008, but it’s only in the past two years I’ve put a measure of effort into it. As always, I thank you all for your engagement and encouragement. It’s been fun to write for you in 2016. Let’s do it again in the new year 8.

  1. Even though one of my regulars has been nominated for something like six “answer these interesting questions” blog awards this year and has nominated me exactly zero times. Yes, I’m whining. 
  2. Not including this post. 
  3. And I’m not inclined to go looking for word count information for all this material. 
  4. With the exception of verse notes, which are kinda tied to software. 
  5. 5.19298, to be exact. 
  6. Though my boss at ABCNJ, who finished his dissertation this Summer, would laugh and call my stuff “lightweight.” His advisors had to beg him to leave stuff out. He’s trying to fit it back into the book he’s writing based on the material. But I taught him how to use Scrivener so I get some credit for his output. So there. 
  7. Sadly my app of choice for cartoon conversion, Toon Paint, seems to have become orphaned. Making comics is a bit more intensive now. 
  8. FYI, this post added 667 words to my yearly total. 


  1. Wow. Congratulations. You’ve basically written two novels this year!

    1. wezlo says:

      It’s been kinda fun!

    2. I can just imagine 🙂

  2. Peg Horton says:

    I enjoy your creative writing. Your comics. Would be fun. Let the words flow.

    Sent from my iPad


  3. chrisjwilson says:

    Congratulations on the creative milestone. Blogging (nearly) everyday is no easy feat. I always find it interesting why people leave comments on blogs and so the fact that I leave comments on yours intrigues me. I suspect it is partially your conversational style, you don’t lecture but invite and involve. I also think I come for a variety of reasons, mainly as I know you are a christian who has come to use the iPad a lot (and who is creative too). That resonates deeply with me and so I can see a lot of similarities (by the way it was one of your comments on a post by Phil on ChurchMag that lead me to your site in case you are wondering).

    1. wezlo says:

      Cool, thanks! Was it the thing about scrivener and Keynote?

    2. wezlo says:

      I still shudder at the idea of using Keynote for notecards 😐.

    3. chrisjwilson says:

      If it works for Phil ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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