Metrics Monday – 17th March 2014

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I clocked up 4,466 words last week – a mix of The Ghost Smuggler, some rough work on the opening to my zombie novella project and a few hundred words on an exercise for a workshop. Not too bad but I came to the conclusion yesterday that I have a lot of cool projects I want to get done and if I want any of them finished any time soon I need to up my productivity. So, yesterday, I used some downtime that would normally be wasted (waiting outside the Peak Centre for Human Performance for my latest blood lactate test) to work on The Ghost Smuggler and did an extra evening session instead of reading. As a result I broke 1,000 words for the day. Now, if I could just do that every day I’d be in a much better spot. Total words so far today – 0. Today, I realised I’ve sent off hardly any submissions this year and that’s something I need to change too. [Metrics Monday – 17th March 2014 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 18th March 2014]

Metrics Monday – 3rd March 2014

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The two productive weeks I had planned didn’t really pan out how I expected them. Rather than two weeks of creative productivity I had two weeks of day job shenanigans, a return to marathon training and a time consuming reorganisation of the apartment. Still, 4,016 words isn’t disastrous given that a most of that work was revising and it’s almost 300 words more than last week. The Ghost Smuggler is moving forward although I’m still only around 40% of the way through this draft – I’ve been adding a fair amount of words. That’s well short of my goal of 100% but better than nothing and the book is getting longer and more layered which I think is a good thing. I did make another breakthrough regarding the plot on Sunday. I’ve been searching for a way to reveal a key plot point regarding the main character and I finally settled on an approach while soaking in the bath after my Sunday run. I started writing that scene and it seems to be working. I think that’s the last major sticking point but I’ve revised a lot of the story during this draft so there may be new issues to fix. … Read More