Water and grass

As part of my ongoing studies, I’m studying big data, analytics, and data visualization. I find it all fascinating. Currently, I’m spending time working on understanding Splunk. What about data and writing? I think writers don’t generally think too much about data—but this is something that I have always enjoyed exploring.

Writing Data

What data might a writer want? To start off, tracking word counts. Today kicked off National Novel Writing Month. Writers around the world are tracking their progress on their novel. Tracking word counts makes it very clear how much progress you are making on your project. A writer must average 1,667 words each day to complete the 50,000-word novel in a month.

The online writing tool Novlr is offering a free month right now. That includes their built-in word count tracking tools and includes their new progress-tracking tool.

Writers may also want to track time spent writing, pages written, submissions, income, expenses, contracts, characters, series, etc. As it turns out there is a great deal of things that a writer may want to track, and potentially analyze.


I’m in the process of migrating my various sites to a new host. I don’t have much time to work on it right now, given the amount of time spent in my degree program, but over the next 9 months I expect to make some progress on migrating all of my sites. This effort begins my plans to relaunch my writing, illustration, and publishing efforts once I finish my degree.