Metrics Monday – 7th July 2014

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It was all Glitch all of the time last week – 5,743 words of revisions and a completed third draft. Sunday’s 2,441 words was also my third most productive writing day – a direct side-effect of the need to finish the draft before sending off for editing. Next up, finalising the first draft of Leah – it’s a bit of a mess at the moment, all sorts of random chunks that need to be deleted or expanded or moved around. That should keep me busy for a couple of days. [Metrics Monday – 7th July 2014 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 7th July 2014]

A Year of Writing

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It’s been said many times by many people much smarter than me that the secret to successful writing is to write every day. Even if it’s only for a few minutes, it exercises your writing muscles and makes them stronger. You get into a rhythm, you improve. With that in mind, on 29th June 2013, I set myself a challenge to write something, some piece of fiction, every single day. The last time I did was back in 2010 that I wrote every day for 197 days in a row before taking a break. As of Sunday, I’ve written every day for a full year and I’m a very happy bunny. As I’ve demonstrated previously, I’m pretty obsessive about tracking my writing so I have a fair amount of data on that one year writing streak. First off, I wrote 253,189 words. That’s an average of 694 words a day – a nice increase from the 665 words per day I managed over the first three hundred days so I’m pleased with that. Those words took me 16 days, 2 hours and 50 minutes to write, or 655 words per hour which is down from the 673 words per hour at the three hundred day mark. As you’ll see in a minute, … Read More

Metrics Monday – 30th June 2014

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Another productive week – I managed to write a total of 5,177 words. Not as good as last week, but still pretty respectable. The first four days were spent on the Leah (working title) short story and a bit of preparation for my next novel. Friday onwards was spent on the third draft of Glitch. The first draft of Leah is almost done and so far it clocks in at 15,513 words which is about 10,000 more words than I expected. I’m going to wrap up that first draft tomorrow as a break from working on the third draft of Glitch. With Leah almost out of the way, I needed something to write until we got back to Vancouver. So, I worked on the outline of my next novel project and wrote a bit of one chapter, just to get a feel for it. I’m itching to get going on that one although I should really finish the second draft of The Ghost Smuggler before I start another novel. As far as Glitch goes, my wife has finished her read through and I’m going over it again and giving it another tweak before it goes to an editor next Monday. I’m almost 25,000 words through after three days so I’m well on track to have it … Read More

Metrics Monday-ish – 23rd Jun 2014

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It turns out going on holiday gives my productivity a huge boost. Who knew? That’s a total of 9,006 words. Even my worst day, Saturday, broke the 500 word mark and Sunday’s post-Half-Marathon recovery session netted 2,643 words which is the second most productive single day I’ve ever had, at least as far as my fiction goes. A lot of this productivity comes from my new short story – working title Leah. I did wrap up the second draft of Glitch on Wednesday which gives me just over a week to do a quick third draft before it goes off to an editor. [Metrics Monday-ish – 23rd Jun 2014 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 27th June 2014]

Metrics Monday – 16th June 2014

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Last week was exceptionally good – a total of 8,358 words including 3,603 words on Sunday which is the most productive single day I’ve ever had. The week was spent on a mix of Glitch revisions and a new story that I haven’t settled on a name for yet. It bounces between Leah’s Story, Scavenger Girl and The Girl in the City. That big push on Sunday took me to the end of the main revisions of Glitch, I just need to go through some final tweaks and then the second draft will be complete. [Metrics Monday – 16th June 2014 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 17th June 2014]

Metrics Monday – 9th June 2014

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Despite packing in over 80km of running, I managed a very productive week. I spent a lot of time working on the revisions for Glitch but Ethel has been bugging me about a new story and I ended up writing the opening sequence and outlining the rest of it. The story’s currently called Leah but I suspect that will change. Total word count for the week was 6,044 which was a lot more than I’d have expected. Glitch is coming along very nicely. As I write this, I’ve got about 11,000 words to revise plus a couple of chapters to rewrite and then the second draft will be done. I still have a bunch of notes I made during this draft that I need to work through and I want to get my first reader (that’s my wife) to read it. That will result in a third draft but that one shouldn’t be as extensive and I’m hoping I can get it done this month. I’ll also be trying to fit some time in to finish Leah. Ethel has really got my attention with this one and I’m having a hard time working on Glitch instead. [Metrics Monday – 9th June 2014 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 9th June 2014]

Metrics Monday – 2nd June 2014

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At first glance, last week was extremely unproductive – I wrote a feeble 2,061 words. But, with the exception of a quick outline on a new idea, all that time was spent on the second draft of Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet. Revising doesn’t result in high word counts and I’m now over 20,000 words into the draft. I’ve got a couple of chapters I need to rewrite but other than that, the heavy lifting is complete. I just need to fix all the thousands of tiny mistakes by the end of June. [Metrics Monday – 2nd June 2014 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 2nd June 2014]

Metrics Monday – 26th May 2014

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Another week, another seven days added to the writing streak (330 days and counting). A real mix of stuff this week. Some revisions of Glitch, a trial chapter on the next novel I’ll be writing and revisions of a couple of short stories Saviour and The Face on Benefit Street. All in all, a total of 3,896 words which is a bit less than I’d have liked but our renovations had a bigger impact than I thought they would. This week will mostly be spent on Glitch. I’ve still got over a month to get it revised but I want to get back to The Ghost Smuggler and on to my next novel as soon as possible. [Metrics Monday – 26th May 2014 by Philip Harris was first posted on Solitary Mindset on 27th May 2014]

Metrics Monday – 19th May 2014

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I spent three days at home this week, which meant I got plenty of time to write and clocked up another 6,517 words. I’ve switched to editing Glitch but half of that word count was a new story, tentatively titled The Face in Benefit Park. I finished the first draft on Saturday and I’m really happy with it. I’ll leave it to fester for a few days before revising it and then running it past my first reader – my wife. I’m not expecting this week to be as productive – word counts should be a lot lower while I revise Glitch. [Metrics Monday – 19th May 2014 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 19th May 2014]

Metrics Monday – 12th May 2014

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Another very productive week – 6,324 words. The majority of that was working The Ghost Smuggler but I did also revise Immersion Therapy and outline a new story which doesn’t have a title yet. Unfortunately, The Ghost Smuggler isn’t finished and I need to move on so I’ve put it aside for (hopefully) a couple of weeks to work on the Glitch revisions. I’ve got some time off this week (including a Canadian long weekend) and I’m not back to a full training schedule yet so I’m hoping to make a big dent in it over the next few days. [Metrics Monday – 12th May 2014 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 13th May 2014]