Metrics Monday – 7th April 2014

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After a couple of very successful weeks I only managed a measly 2,017 words last week – primarily thanks to my day job taking up most of my spare time. In my defence, I did wrap up the almost last draft of my new short story – Immersion Therapy and revisions take a while but don’t generate much word count. I also got through a couple more chapters of The Ghost Smuggler, did some outlining of my zombie novel and wrote a few hundred words to get a feel for that one. The current plan is to start writing it in July – I should be done with the revisions of The Ghost Smuggler and Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet by then. I’m hoping for a better word count this week but I’m spending the next few days in San Francisco at an internal Developer Conference. That’s a bit of a mixed blessing as far as writing goes. I get a couple of flights I can use to write and I don’t lose time to running or commuting but on the flip side there are usually a lot of after hours events and I’m presenting which means I’ll be preparing for that during my … Read More

Metrics Mondayish – 31st March 2014

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Apparently, my OCD won’t let me skip this even though it’s very late. A very respectable 7,645 words including the 2,942 word first draft on a new story that is currently called Immersion Therapy but probably won’t stay that way. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and I’ll be editing it tomorrow ready to give to my wife to read. The other writing was on The Ghost Smuggler revisions. There’s a lot of new words there – filling in gaps, replacing chapters that don’t make sense or are just bad. This revision is taking a lot longer than I’d hoped but I’m pretty happy with how it’s going and it should be a better story once it’s done. [Metrics Mondayish – 31st March 2014 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 4th April 2014]

Metrics Monday – 24th March 2014

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Best. Week. Ever. And I’m not just talking about #ninjaTED. I made a concerted effort to break 1,000 words every day last week. The result – 8,170 words on The Ghost Smuggler. That’s 700 words short of my best week last year but still very good. It was really only possible because I’m writing a lot of new material for The Ghost Smuggler so I’m not expecting to keep up that velocity for long but it’s the sort of rate I want to hit as often as I can. This week, I need to write a new short story. I had what is (hopefully) a pretty cool idea while I was out running yesterday so that will take up a chunk of my time for the next few days. [Metrics Monday – 24th March 2014 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 24th March 2014]

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 – 10th March 2014

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Another week without a real post. This time I do have an excuse, my wife and I spent a few days in Seattle last week (there’ll be a real blog post on that going up on Friday). I didn’t break my writing streak though – I added managed another 3,787 words on The Ghost Smuggler and got my streak up to 253 days. [Metrics Monday – 10th March 2014 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 12th 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

Metrics Monday – 24th February 2014

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Having said that the climate in Vancouver is pretty mild and we don’t get much snow, we’re now well into our third day of snowfall. I live downtown and it still hasn’t really settled on the roads – there’s some slush but not much else – but there is snow on higher ground and outside the city (maybe six inches in Burnaby where I work). The snow was supposed to turn to rain this afternoon but it didn’t so we’ll have to see what happens tomorrow. I’ve got a physio session in the morning but then I’ll probably take transit to work, it’s generally quicker and safer when there’s snow around. Anyway, word metrics. A disappointing 3,737 on The Ghost Smuggler last week. The slow progress is really down to the fact that I’m revising which means there’s not a lot of new words but still, I’d hoped to get further. I lost a few hours on Saturday because I was attending the WANACon online writing conference. I took part in five sessions including Mercedes M Yardley’s session on Writing in Stolen Moments and a very timely session on revision by Gabriela Periera and Julie Duffy. I missed the first day but … Read More

Metrics Monday – 17th February 2014

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Last week was pretty solid, 4,622 words. I did do a quick bit of work on the outline for the Diary project but otherwise the bulk of that came from a couple of chapters of The Ghost Smuggler that I’m rewriting completely. The next two weeks should be pretty productive. My wife is away in England so I won’t be distracted by TV, movies or theatre. Assuming I can stay away from the Titanfall beta (I’m not a big fan of first person shooters but Titanfall is a lot of fun), I should be able to get a fair amount of work done on The Ghost Smuggler. My goal is to get a second draft finished so that my wife can read it when she gets back. That won’t necessarily mean big word counts because a lot of the work I need to do is revising what’s already there but there are a few chapters that I’m completely rewriting and some completely new content. I’m pretty happy with the way it’s going at the moment but I keep coming up with ideas that a) make the book better b) require me to go back and add to chapters I’ve already revised. At this … Read More

Metrics Monday – 10th February 2014

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Work got in the way of writing in a dramatic fashion this week – we have a new title coming out on the 25th of February and there was some final troubleshooting to do. In fact, I wasn’t sure I’d even make it past 2,000 words until I made a concerted effort yesterday afternoon and added 1,875 words in one sitting. The first three days were spent on revisions of The Ghost Smuggler, tiny sessions crammed into what little time I could find. By Thursday I was struggling to find any time to work in Scrivener at all so I switched tracks and started a new project, codename Diary. It’s a project I thought of a few months ago but decided not to write. On Friday, I decided to use it as filler to keep my writing streak going until I could get time work on The Ghost Smuggler – more like practice than an actual story intended for publication. But then something interesting happened. Ethel the Muse began working her magic and my practice story became something I’m considering writing as my next project. It’s even changed tone a little bit. It started off as fairly humorous (and will probably stay that way) … Read More

Metrics Monday – 3rd February 2014

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I know, I know. Nothing but metrics every week. Very boring. In my defence I do have a post on our Bahamas trip in the drafts folder, I just need to find time to get it finished. My lack of time is reflected in a) the lateness of this post and b) the crappy word count. A feeble 2,939 words last week – all revisions to The Ghost Smuggler. I’ve been swamped at work and I think that’s the lowest weekly word count I’ve managed since I started my writing streak. Over half of that word count came in over the weekend. Unfortunately, my day job is still taking up a lot of time and this week is going to set a new low. [Metrics Monday – 3rd February 2014 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 9th February 2014]