I’m mildly obsessed with metrics – both at work but especially at home. I suspect it’s my engineering background triggering a bit of OCD. I track my running in three different apps, my food, my weight, body fat and water and of course my writing.
I have a couple of spreadsheets for writing – my submissions spreadsheet and my writing log which tracks how much writing I do each day of each type writing – Outlining, New, Revising, Rewriting. Yesterday, I added a weekly summary page with a graph.
The graph for last week looks like this:
That’s a total of 5,798 words for the week which is actually my third most productive week.
Monday was purely a revision day so the wordcount is very small. I’m still working on my methodology for revisions because those invariably end up as a net negative day. That would throw off the metrics so I ignore revision for the overall total words and my OCD demons would like me to find a better way of dealing with that.
The two blocks of outlining were a science fiction serial (Wednesday), a monster story (Friday) and In the Shadow of Memories (Sunday). Most of the other writing was The Bone Boy.
I also haven’t been tracking my blogging but starting this week I’ll be gathering those metrics as well.[Metrics Monday – Now With Graphs by Philip Harris was first posted on Solitary Mindset on 26 August 2013]