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
If my writing was a starship most of its systems would be turned off to conserve energy and life support would be at a minimum, just enough to keep the crew alive. I did manage to get down a respectable 4,108 words this week but my writing time is severely constrained at the moment. I’ve got two prototypes I’m building for work, plus a presentation to create for a keynote speech I’m giving in three weeks. All of the writing I did manage was on my new science fiction story, tentatively titled In the Shadow of Memories. I should be able to get that finished in the next couple of days and then I need to revise The Bone Boy. I’m expecting next week’s wordcount to be a bit lower, despite the fact that I have a four writing deadlines looming. I’m also unlikely to be able to blog much. [Monday Metrics – 2nd August 2013 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 2 August 2013]
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
Yesterday marked the 50th day of my current writing streak. During that time I’ve written 37,950 words, mostly on The Ghost Smuggler. Still a long way to go to beat my 197 day streak I hit back in 2010 but I’m pretty sure it’s the longest streak since then. After a couple of strong weeks, my weekly word count dropped off to 3,196 words – the lowest for eight weeks. That’s not really surprising and I’m expecting the next few weeks to be lower than average. Given that I’m working on short stories at the moment, I’m going to be doing plenty of revising. I don’t have a reliable way of counting the words I’m adding during the revision process so that time will show up as 0 word days. If I’m revising in Google Docs, I may be able to use Jamie Todd Rubin’s scripts to get me part of the way there and then process them myself to get the revision stats. I might try that this week and see how I get on. My OCD gets all twitchy when I ‘lose’ data on my writing. [50 by Philip Harris was first posted on Solitary Mindset on 19th August … Read More
Here’s the rundown of my writing stats from 2012 (numbers in brackets are values from 2011). Stories sold: 5 (1) Writing time: 64.2 hours (114.6) Total word count : 34,520 (24,418) Short story word count: 3,945 (24,418) Average words per hour: 626 (408) Average words per day (full year): 94 (67) Days of writing: 48 (70) Average words per day of writing: 719 (207) First drafts completed: 3 short stories (6 short stories) Final drafts completed: 7 short stories (5) New flash fiction stories completed: 1 (3) New submissions: 50* (36) New markets submitted to: 21 (26) Submissions still outstanding: 4 Writing blog posts: 56 (53) *Plus two ‘chapters’ submitted to the Clive Barker project on deviantART 2012 was clearly the year of the submission. I think there’s a couple of reasons for that. I have 20-25 stories that I’m comfortable sending out and there are now quite a few high quality markets that have quick turnarounds so I get the bad news and can submit elsewhere quicker than in the past. Most of those stories are sitting in the to-submit pile at the moment so the first thing I’m going to be doing next year is getting them all out … Read More
A good writing year this year, at least as far as completed short stories goes (values in brackets are the numbers from 2010) Stories sold: 1 (1) Writing time: 114.6 hours (149.2) Total word count : 24,418 (119,514) Average words per hour: 408 (877) Average words per day: 67 (327) Average words per day of writing: 207 (583) First drafts completed: 6 short stories (2 short stories, 1 novel) Final drafts completed: 5 short stories (0) New flash fiction stories completed: 3 (1) New submissions: 36 (23) New markets submitted to: 26 (14) Submissions still outstanding: 14 Writing blog posts: 53 (0) Day job blog posts: 12 (0) Overall I’m pretty happy with those numbers, bearing in mind that 2010 was focused on writing the first draft of The Ghost Smuggler, whereas this year was all about short fiction and even then, most of the writing took place in the last half of the year. I’ve also been very busy with my day job and my wife and I trained for, and ran, four half-marathons. So that wraps up 2011. Thanks for dropping by, I hope you all had a great year and that next year is even better.