I agree with the dissenters that assigning an arbitrary number of hours to mastery is probably pointless. Christ, Mozart died at 35. He didn't do no damn 10,000 hours of practice. Nevertheless, a million words is the agreed upon (arbitrary or not) level of mastery for my craft, and I'm happy to announce to anyone who even slightly gives a shit that I've reached that goal.
I try not to talk about the craft of writing too much on this blog (because it's BORING) but I do like to share my successes and some people are interested in this sort of thing, so here you go. In this non-scientific analysis I'm counting just work on novels that exceeded 10,000 words. So, I've disregarded all of my screenplays, short stories, games, and anything that was basically me writing a chapter and getting bored. If anyone's really interested in a breakdown of every word I've ever written, I'll get back to you on that at a later date when I can hire a team of analysts to work around the clock.
I've also broken this list down by categories which are mostly self-explanatory. However, if you don't know, "trunked" is a reference to old-timey days when an author would stick a mansucript that no publisher would buy into a trunk at the foot of the bed. I have put some of my trunked manuscripts up right here on this blog (I call it "burning" them.) Hence the title of this blog. And now you know!
|GORE & PEACE I: THE GHOUL ARCHIPELAGO||Oct-13||118000|
|BILLY AND THE CLONEASAURUS||Jun-14||50000|
|Complete, to be published|
|THE HYENA SERIES I: BLACK SUN, BLOOD MOON||Jul-14||103000|
|BROKEN-DOWN HEROES OF THE WESTERN NIGHT||Jan-14||60000|
|THE TWO AMERICAS I: EVERY KINGDOM DIVIDED||Nov-12||89000|
|Incomplete, to be published|
|MODERN BLOOD I: HUNTER OF THE DEAD||Jul-14||23000|
|GORE & PEACE II: NOTES FROM THE UNDEAD||Nov-12||50000|
|LIFE AND DEATH||May-11||140000|
|THE LAST WAR||Nov-09||111000|
|HELL AND BLOOD||May-09||32000|
|THE IRON CROWN||Sep-07||45000|
|LOVE AND HATE||Dec-06||27000|