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]

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]

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

Monday Metrics – 9th September 2013

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As expected, not a very productive week, writing wise, although at 3,923 words it’s not my least productive week and I hit day 70 in my writing streak. Apart from the one productive day on Tuesday, I’ve been limited to scraping together half an hour here and there to pound out a few paragraphs. What I have found is that limited time helps me focus and my words per hour rate is generally pretty good. I know I don’t have a lot of time so I don’t let myself get distracted. I worked on four stories this week, the final revisions of The Bone Boy, finishing off the first draft of In the Shadow of Memories, outlining and writing a new flash piece tentatively called The Ride and working on my monster story, Saviour. The Ride is out for feedback, Saviour still has a way to go and I’ve realised I need to rework a chunk of Memories. I also started doing some research for my next big project. It’s going to be busy week and I won’t be taking any time off so I’m expecting another low word count week but we’ll see how it goes. [Monday metrics – 9th September 2013 by Philip Harris … Read More

Metrics Monday – Now With Graphs

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I’m mildly obsessed with metrics – both at work but especially at home. I suspect it’s my engineering background triggering a bit of OCD. I track my running in three different apps, my food, my weight, body fat and water and of course my writing. I have a couple of spreadsheets for writing – my submissions spreadsheet and my writing log which tracks how much writing I do each day of each type writing – Outlining, New, Revising, Rewriting. Yesterday, I added a weekly summary page with a graph. The graph for last week looks like this: That’s a total of 5,798 words for the week which is actually my third most productive week. Monday was purely a revision day so the wordcount is very small. I’m still working on my methodology for revisions because those invariably end up as a net negative day. That would throw off the metrics so I ignore revision for the overall total words and my OCD demons would like me to find a better way of dealing with that. The two blocks of outlining were a science fiction serial (Wednesday), a monster story (Friday) and In the Shadow of Memories (Sunday). Most of the … Read More