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

Three Hundred Days of Writing

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Yesterday, I hit the three hundred day point in my writing streak –  breaking my previous record by one hundred and one days. I wish I could say I hit such a significant milestone with a spectacular flourish but this week’s word count has been pretty low so far and I limped across the line with a meagre 454 words. Here’s a graph of what those three hundred days look like. (Click for a bigger version) The blue line is the number of words per day. It’s a bit spikey so I’ve added a seven day rolling average (the red line) to give a better sense of my general productivity. There’s clearly 4-5 blocks of time where I increased my productivity and a patch around the middle of the streak where my daily word count was consistently low. The green line is the overall total number of words. I ended up writing 199,407 words. That comes to 665 words a day which is down slightly from the 150 day mark (681 words per day) and the 100 day point (737 words per day). That’s probably due to the fact that I’m spending a lot of time revising which doesn’t contribute a lot of words to the total. Had I known how close I was to … Read More

Metrics Monday – 13th January 2014

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A pretty good word count for the first full week of the year – 4,345. Most of the writing was the revisions to The Ghost Smuggler which are going well. I’m currently about 18% through the second draft. This one is focused on fixing structural problems. I’m reading the whole thing as I write and fixing and improving as I go but there will be a third draft purely focused on wordsmithery. Once that’s done, I’ll be giving it to my wife to get her feedback. As well as The Ghost Smuggler, I did the final, final edits to a story called Twelve Things You Need to Know About Merfolk and also tinkered with the opening chapter of a new novel. I’m not ready to start writing it but the idea has been gnawing at me for a while and I needed something to work on to keep up my streak (currently sitting at 197 days). I didn’t have a chance to work at home on my PC so I needed something that didn’t need Scrivener. We’re going to be away on vacation from Wednesday. We’re travelling to the Bahamas for a marathon. Unfortunately, I’m injured so I will be relegated to Chief … Read More