One Million Words

I created this blog 10 years ago to document my journey to publication. It’s really not worth reading chronologically, but I recently went back to a post I made on June 28, 2006. At that point in my life, I had recently shut down Deep Magic. I was also about to start writing a little book called The Wretched of Muirwood which I later self published. I had written nearly one million words up to that point. They were my practice words.

And so forgive me for being a little nostalgic a decade later. Deep Magic is back with bold new stories and an awesome group of people working together to make it all happen. It’s a dream come true and I have to thank you, my readers, for reading the stories that come out of my imagination.

It was Terry Brooks who first taught me the “one million words” principle. It goes like this. After you’ve written your first million words, you are ready to start being a writer. It was true for me. If I ever write a book about my author journey and the craft of writing, you know that lesson will be there!

Last month marked another major milestone in my life. One day during the month of July 2016, I sold my first millionth book. It was probably a Kindle version of Landmoor, for all I know (wouldn’t that be ironic?). I’m still a little stunned and don’t like bragging, but I wanted to celebrate the occasion with you. So, to each and every reader and fan who reads this silly little blog:

Thank you!

Jeff Wheeler

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  • Shannon says:

    Congratulations! That is a huge milestone and I am happy to have been able to watch your amazing journey. I can’t wait for you to hit two million.

  • Elle Jacklee says:

    Congrats Jeff! Definitely a monumental milestone! Your success is well deserved! Here’s to the next million!

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