My latest book, a Christmas-themed standalone novel titled The Christmas Letters, was written over 65 days. First draft. This doesn't include editing, which I'm still working on.
Will I be able to publish it before Christmas Day December 25th? Time will tell. Editing has been going well so far. I've averaged 2-3 chapters a day. And with 41 chapters . . .
When I reviewed the stats on The Christmas Letters, I found that during those 65 days, I had written on 48 of them. That means there were 17 days I did not write a single word. On average, counting only the days I had written, I had an average of 1,126 words a day. If I count all of the days, whether I wrote or not, that number dropped to 831.
From here on out, I'm going to document how many words I write each day and how many days it takes each novel to write. Keep in mind, life happens and that's where the 17 non-writing days come into play.
But still, if I had written on those days, I could've finished The Christmas Letters much, much sooner.
As I updated my writing spreadsheet (where I keep a tally of all my writing projects), I realized that The Christmas Letters is my first novel that is not in any series. At first, I thought this was a typo. But it's not. All of my other novels are between two series: the Central Division thriller series and the Shadowkill trilogy. Oh, sure, I have other standalone stories, but they're shorter, novellas, novelettes, and such.