The One About… Writers Write

Most of 2016, this blog was silent. For those who aren’t aware of the reason why, I put my life on stop to care for my mother as she fought her final battle against terminal breast cancer. It was a savage privilege to be there for her final days. But in the same time, it was paralyzing as a creative. It was so dark, it would have absolutely contaminated any of the work I was involved in. So I froze every project.

I did not put fingers to keyboard in 2016 again according to my notes until mid-June, about two weeks after my mother’s passing. I started again on what would be the final draft of what would be the final draft of Triangle: Wildcard, having rethought my approach to that novel, and moved on from there.

The thing it, as a writer, I’ve tried to always to put between 2,000 and 3,000 words into a document per day. They might be usable, they might not. But the idea is you build a habit. Three thousand words per day translated to roughly 100,000 in a year –  another good sized novel.

I guess I was busier, though. I use Grammarly, a program which checks my work on the fly (highly recommended for any other writer out there), and, well, they came up with a slightly higher number:


Just under two million words? Admittedly, some are duplicates, even if I only created only a quarter of those – that’s 500,000 words – in basically six months.

I actually had a productive year, creativity wise, despite the way it started. Who knew?

About D. G. Speirs

D.G. Speirs is a storyteller, novelist and voice actor living in Florida. He keeps searching for better stories to tell, even if he has to make them up himself. His latest novel, THE AGENCY, is now available on
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2 Responses to The One About… Writers Write

  1. Well done and wishing you some positive creative vibes to start this new year, especially after such a heavy time in 2016…

    • D. G. Speirs says:

      Thank you, that’s very kind. It’s been a very creative end to 2016, so I’m looking forward to that carrying over to the January. But every day is another step on the journey, and I always look forward to what each day unfolds.

      Be well on yours. Namaste.

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