Metrics Monday – 2nd December 2013

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Another late metrics post. I blame Eddie Izzard.   Despite attending a couple of events and the launch of the new XBox One and PS4 last week I still managed to add 4,525 days onto Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet – a project which continues to get bigger and bigger. More on that tomorrow. [Metrics Monday – 2nd December 2013 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 3rd December 2013]

One Hundred and Fifty Days of Writing

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I completed the 150th day of my writing streak on Tuesday which means I’ve written every day since the 30th June. Total word count for those 150 days was 102,135 or  about 681 words per day (compared to 737 words per day for the first 100). This is the daily word count graph for those 150 days. (Click for a bigger version) All those words took me 153 hours 15 minutes which is a delicious 666 words per hour. You can see the breakdown by day in this graph which includes time spent revising. (Click for a bigger version) In the fifty days since I last looked at the streak I’ve written  about 28, 480 words. Most of that was on the newly re-working titled Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet but I did finish off In the Shadow of Memories and write a flash piece called Clockwork which I’m hoping to revise and send out this weekend. It’s hard to tell from those graphs but if you compare the last 50 days with the first 100 it’s clear that my writing productivity has dropped. With the Christmas break coming up I’m hoping I can buck that trend and pick up the pace … Read More

Metrics Monday – 18th November 2013

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Despite being away in Stockholm, I manged a respectable 5,011 words last week. As you can see there was a big spike on Thursday – that was the four hour/2,226 word marathon I managed on the flight back to Vancouver. Without that it would have been a pretty feeble week. Most of that work was on Glitch but Sunday’s writing was actually a new story – working title Clockwork. It’s a science fiction flash piece, about 847 words. Stylistically it’s a bit of a departure for me so we’ll see if I still like it in a week or so when I come back to revise it. [Metrics Monday – 18th November 2013 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 18th November 2013]  

Metrics Monday – 11th November 2013

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Yes, this is late but I’m posting it anyway. For the sake of completeness and to satisfy my OCD. Not a terrible week – 4,433 words on Glitch Mitchell and the Planet Within although at some point on Saturday it became Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet. We’ll see if that sticks. [Metrics Monday – 11th November 2013 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 18th November 2013]

Metrics Monday – 4th November 2013

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Another busy week, another feeble word count saved only by an unexpected burst of productivity on Saturday. I did manage 3,813 words and broke the 30,000 word mark on Glitch which is encouraging. I got a bit bogged down for a couple of chapters but I’ve upped the peril again and things are moving along nicely. The chapters are getting shorter, the most recent one clocks in at 1,877 so I may be done sooner than I think. I also put the finishing touches on In the Shadow of Memories on Wednesday and submitted that so we’ll see how that one fares. This week should be a bit better word count wise, particularly as I have 14-15 hours of flying to do at the weekend – plenty of time to get some more work done on Glitch. And of course I’ll have the return flight as well so with a little bit of luck, I should be just about finished with the first draft by the end of November. Then it’s on to revising The Ghost Smuggler. I had considered doing NaNoWriMo this year but the timing wasn’t quite right. It’s too bad, Glitch would have been the perfect book to work on. I do have … Read More

Metrics Monday – 28th October 2013

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My entertainment and day job calendar was packed last week which makes me all the more surprised that I managed to break the 4,000 word mark – 4,045 words to be exact. Mostly on Glitch with a tiny bit of revision on In the Shadow of Memories which needs to be finished this week. We went to a lot of fantastic events this week, including some great Vancouver Writers Festival sessions but more on that later. [Metrics Monday – 28th October 2013 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 28th October 2013]

Metrics Monday – 21st October 2013

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Another mediocre week, just 3,527 words on Glitch including a bit of outlining. I did break a couple of milestones. I reached 122,335 words for the year, breaking the 120,000 mark and my previous best of 119,514 words from 2010 when I wrote the original version of The Ghost Smuggler. Interestingly, it’s taken me quite a lot longer to write that many words this time – 198 hours compared to 149 in 2010. Hopefully that’s because I’m focusing on quality rather than quantity. Still plenty of time for writing this year (just not in the next week) so I’m setting my sights on a 150,000 word year. It’s good to have goals, even arbitrary ones. [Metrics Monday – 21st October 2013 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 21st October 2013]

Metrics Monday – 14th October 2013

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Not quite my least productive week since I started my writing streak (which now sits at 106 days) but close. In fact, this week’s total of 3,202 is only 6 words more than my lowest. This week was only saved by the fact that I wrote almost 800 words on the ferry on the way to Victoria, and managed to stay awake long enough on Sunday night to add 677 words – a lot more than I was expecting. Still, I’ve broken the 20,000 word mark on Glitch Mitchell and the Planet Within (working title). I don’t have high hopes for this week either, I have a day off but I’m also going to very busy with a day job project. [Metrics Monday – 14th October 2013 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 14th October 2013]

One Hundred Days of Writing

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I wrote 569 more words on Glitch today – making this the 100th consecutive day of writing. I started the streak on the 30th June and have written every day since then. Total word count is 73,655 or 737 words per day. Here’s the graph of those words – for the most part, these metrics don’t include words written while I was revising a story. (Click for a bigger version) The very low word count on day 51 (August 19th), was a pure revision session focusing on cutting out words rather than writing new ones. That writing took me 114 hours 27 minutes which is about 644 words per hour. You can see the breakdown by day in this graph which includes time spent revising. (Click for a bigger version) During that time I finished the first draft of The Ghost Smuggler (34,250 words) and started nine short stories and what will eventually be a full length novel – Glitch Mitchell and the Planet Within (working title). Six of the short stories are finished and one of them has been sold. This isn’t my longest streak. That record was set in 2010 when I wrote for 197 days (I wasn’t paying … Read More