Metrics Monday – 27th January 2014

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I owe the blog a post about our trip to the Bahamas and on my 200 day writing record but the day job is getting in the way at the moment. Maybe tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s some more belated metrics. A total of 4023 words for the week. It would have been higher but Saturday’s writing session was interrupted by a fire alarm (false) and on Sunday I returned to revisions of The Ghost Smuggler which naturally leads to lower word counts. I’m expecting a low word count for the next few weeks for that reason and this week is already shaping up to be far less productive (as far as pure number of words goes anyway). [Metrics Monday – 27th January 2014 by Philip Harris was first published on Solitary Mindset on 29th January 2014]  

Metrics Monday – 20th January 2014

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Very late metrics, we’ve been on holiday in the Bahamas so no blogging for me. But I did get some fiction writing done which helped me hit 4,666 words for the week. The first three days were spent on revisions to The Ghost Smuggler. I’m doing those in Scrivener though so I couldn’t continue with that while I was away. Instead, I started work on a new novel. It doesn’t have a title yet but it has zombies in it. I really only started on it because I needed something new to work on while I was away. I don’t have an outline for it I’ll be putting it aside now I’m back in Canada to continue the revisions of The Ghost Smuggler but I like the concept so I’ll definitely be coming back to it, probably after I’ve finished revising Glitch. [Metrics Monday – 20th January 2014 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 26th January 2014]

Metrics Monday – 13th January 2014

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A pretty good word count for the first full week of the year – 4,345. Most of the writing was the revisions to The Ghost Smuggler which are going well. I’m currently about 18% through the second draft. This one is focused on fixing structural problems. I’m reading the whole thing as I write and fixing and improving as I go but there will be a third draft purely focused on wordsmithery. Once that’s done, I’ll be giving it to my wife to get her feedback. As well as The Ghost Smuggler, I did the final, final edits to a story called Twelve Things You Need to Know About Merfolk and also tinkered with the opening chapter of a new novel. I’m not ready to start writing it but the idea has been gnawing at me for a while and I needed something to work on to keep up my streak (currently sitting at 197 days). I didn’t have a chance to work at home on my PC so I needed something that didn’t need Scrivener. We’re going to be away on vacation from Wednesday. We’re travelling to the Bahamas for a marathon. Unfortunately, I’m injured so I will be relegated to Chief … Read More

Metrics Monday – 6th January 2014

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A pretty good week to finish/start the year – 5943 words – although it’s somewhat misleading because about 1,400 of those were part of an outline which are generally stream of consciousness ramblings and notes, rather than actual writing. Because that feels a bit like cheating I’ve been making sure I write some actual words of fiction as well as the outlines. Writing last week was a mix of Glitch, The Ghost Smuggler and a new, as yet untitled, story. The problem with the new story is that it’s now sitting at 3,339 words and I’ve barely started it. Which means, it’s either novella or maybe even a novel. That wouldn’t be a problem but I’m not sure the idea warrants that much space. I like what I’ve written so far so I’m going to poke around at the outline a bit and see if I think there’s enough ideas there. I also began outlining a new novel yesterday. I’m not satisfied enough to start writing it yet, but it’s good to start getting my thoughts down. I’ve got a decision to make regarding the next few weeks. The original plan was to work on the second draft of The Ghost Smuggler … Read More

Structural Integrity at 73%

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On Thursday afternoon I pulled up The Ghost Smuggler and started the revision process. I’m starting with a high level look at the overall structure, looking for holes, ripping out the weak parts and adding more conflict, more plot and anything else I can think of that will make it a better book. I’m experimenting with Scrivener at the moment so I’ll be using it for the second draft. It will be a good test but I’m also starting to really like the way Scrivener lets me jump around, view multiple parts of the manuscript and generally work more efficiently. The only downside is that I will only be able to work at my main PC, no sitting on the bed with my Chromebook. Still, I don’t like editing on a laptop anyway. To kick things off, I needed to move my full manuscript from Word into Scrivener. If you’re not familiar with Scrivener, basically it breaks a novel/story/script into chunks that you can manage individually. It makes it easier to move around the document, reorder scenes etc. In my case I went with one ‘chunk’ per chapter but it could easily be one per scene. Scrivener imports Word docs and has a … Read More

Feeling Drafty

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I’ve just finished off the first draft of Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet (working title). The final word count is 65,228 – significantly more than the 10,000 words I’d originally planned. As always, there’s still plenty to do, including naming most of the characters. I wanted to put some extra thought into all of the names for this one so I ended up just putting [surname] or [mole-man] in place of actual names. When I start the revision process I’ll come up with a set of appropriate names. Before then, the story needs to sit and fester for a few weeks. In the meantime I’m going to wrap up the handful of unfinished stories I have sitting on my hard drive and start revising The Ghost Smuggler. I’m also going to try my hand at a script for a play based on The Z Word. [Feeling Drafty by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 28th December 2013]

So This is Christmas…

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I have mixed feelings about Christmas. I’m a big fan of the whole goodwill to all men, peace on Earth thing, not as big a fan of the incessant commercialisation. And the perfume adverts…don’t get me started on those. In fact, don’t get me started on any Christmas ads. I’m lucky in that the office shuts down from Christmas Day to New Years Day. That doesn’t always mean everyone gets that time off because it’s not unusual for us to have a project in the final stages of development which means a few people are in the office fixing bugs, testing, coming up with last minute design changes etc. But at the very least the constant stream of email and meetings eases up for a week. Normally, I just stick to the one week of vacation at Christmas but this year I wanted to get some extra writing done so I took Friday, Monday and Tuesday off which means I’m on the third day of my Christmas break already. As usual I’ve got a whole string of things I’d like to get done. Finish off the first draft of Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet. Write the first draft of a play … Read More

Metrics Monday – 9th December 2013

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I just about managed to break the 4,000 word mark this week, all on Glitch. The week was saved by a productive couple of hours on Saturday. We’d had a busy week with an Eddie Izzard gig on the Monday, a trip to see The Daisy Theatre on Friday and the 5km ‘Santa Shuffle‘ race on Saturday. Still, I avoided setting a new weekly low and broke the 50,000 word barrier. There’s still another eight or so chapters to go but I’m still hoping to get the first draft finished before Christmas so that I can spend the break working on revisions of The Ghost Smuggler. [Metrics Monday – 9th December 2013 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 9th 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 – 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