Metrics Monday – 7th October 2013

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Another very busy week, but I did manage to continue my writing streak – bringing it to 99 days. Total word count for this week was a respectable (for me) 4,502. Most of that was spent working on Glitch but I did revise a flash piece I’ve been working on called The Ride. This week will be hectic. I’ve got a lot of day job work to be done, especially as I’ll be out of town for a few days at the end of the week running the Victoria Marathon for the second time. [Metrics Monday – 7th October 2013 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 7th October 2013]

Metrics Monday – 30th September 2013

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Not a great week from a writing perspective, just 3,619 words. Most of my spare time was taken up with a new day job project. It isn’t the least productive week I’ve had but it’s close (I had a 3,196 word week six weeks ago). Still, I continued my writing streak (92 days and counting) and broke the 12,000 word mark on Glitch. I did spend a big chunk of time writing yesterday; revising and sending out my monster story, Saviour. That’s the eighth story I’ve written this year and I still have four more first drafts to revise. My total word count for the year is 111,072 words. I should easily smash through my previous record of 119,514 words set in 2010. Overall, my renewed focus on writing is making for a very productive year. More importantly, I’m really enjoying writing. More and more I’m choosing to write over TV or videogames, rather than having to force myself to put them aside. [Metrics Monday – 30th September 2013 by Philip Harris was first posted on Solitary Mindset on 30th September 2013]

Monday Metrics – 23rd September 2013

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All Glitch all the time. Thanks to two surprisingly good days, I managed 5,840 words on Glitch this week, bringing the total word count up to 8,702 (plus 1,000 words or so of outline). This week should be better – I’ve got a couple of days off from running (although I’ve got a splitting headache this evening that may scupper my chances of getting a good start to the week. I’ve got three stories I need to edit this week and my secret day job prototype has transformed into a secret day job project so that will eat up some of my mindspace, if not my time. [Monday Metrics – 23rd September 2013 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 23rd September 2013]


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The weeks are following a similar pattern at the moment. Monday and Tuesday have a crappy word count, then Wednesday comes along and BANG. Just under 1,552 words on Glitch today – Chapter 2 complete. Almost makes up for the very disappointing rejection I got last night. Oh, and I also found out I can switch my Kindle account back to the US so I can take advantage of all those juicy ebook offers. Too bad I missed out on both Doctor Sleep and The Lies of Locke Lamora. [BANG by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 18th September 2013]

Monday Metrics – 16th September 2013

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After a slow start, last week turned out to be very productive – 7,267 words. That’s my second most productive week of the year, my best being the 8,871 word week I managed at the beginning of August. The first couple of days went how I expected, very low word counts, but on Wednesday evening I found myself home alone and hammered out a respectable 1,436 words on my monster story, Saviour. My Thursday and Friday sessions also went better than expected and I was able to wrap up the first draft. I’d realised I needed to make some changes to In the Shadow of Memories so I did those on Saturday morning which meant all my in-progress stories were at the first draft stage and I needed something new. I’ve been toying with an idea for an episodic science fiction novella for a while. I had a very rough outline and the opening 3-400 words but not a lot else so I spent about two and a half hours on Saturday doing a much more detailed outline. The structure is fairly complicated so I ended up having to use a spreadsheet. By the time I’d finished I had the structure sorted … Read More