Fourth Quarter 2015 Stats

Now that the New Year has started, it’s time for some accountability before the new resolutions. Which means reporting stats.

October 2015 Stats

HOURS SPENT WRITING: 8.2

HOURS SPENT WRITING WORDS: 3.7

WORDS WRITTEN: 382

WORDS/HOUR: 103.2

November 2015 Stats

HOURS SPENT WRITING: 12.3

HOURS SPENT WRITING WORDS: 1.5

WORDS WRITTEN: 119

WORDS/HOUR: 79.3

December 2015 Stats

HOURS SPENT WRITING: 9.2

HOURS SPENT WRITING WORDS: 9.2

WORDS WRITTEN: 2374

WORDS/HOUR: 258.0

I spend my writing time in October trying to fix the ending of a short story, most of my writing time in November on research, and most of my writing time in December on editing my current novel. While I’ve had better writing quarters and better writing months, I am happy that there are no zeroes in here. And I am happy to be back on the writing wagon. Now to go check off “write every day” for the first day of 2016.  Here’s to a more productive 2016!

July 2015 Stats

Spent some time on research last month, but I think I’ve got some things better nailed down and understood … building a world from scratch is a lot of work.

HOURS SPENT WRITING: 10.9

HOURS SPENT WRITING WORDS: 3.2

WORDS WRITTEN: 741

WORDS/HOUR: 231.6

March – June 2015 Stats

One reason I keep and publish stats is to hold myself accountable … another is to develop a feel for how long it really takes for me to write things.

But I run into quandaries about what I should count. Counting words are easy – they’re there or they’re not. Even with editing, I can count new words. But what about other things? What about research to understand the physics of what’s happening in the story? What about writing an orbital dynamics program so I can see what something will actually look like? What about writing a program to start with a certain colony population and propagate it forward N generations? What about reading books to learn about the culture or science background I need for the story? It’s all work, and it’s all work I need to do to write this story … but it’s not writing, so it’s something I haven’t counted in the past.

Starting this month (July), I’m going to start also counting research hours.

But due to all the research activity above, the count for the last four months looks light. I need to get back to actually writing.

March “Apparently I did write down some research hours”

WORDS WRITTEN: 0

HOURS SPENT WRITING: 5.5

WORDS/HOUR: 0

April “But not consistently”

WORDS WRITTEN: 0

HOURS SPENT WRITING: 0

WORDS/HOUR: 0

May “And when my writer’s group met I got motivated to write some words”

WORDS WRITTEN: 1443

HOURS SPENT WRITING: 4.9

WORDS/HOUR: 294.5

June “But not, sigh, consistently”

WORDS WRITTEN: 0

HOURS SPENT WRITING: 0

WORDS/HOUR: 0

July will be better!