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!

Hard SF Homework Set

So a long, long time ago when I was studying engineering in college, we were assigned “homework sets” where we practiced solving the particular sort of problem we were learning about, often with sets of problems where each built on what you worked out in the last. I just finished a self-assigned homework set to understand the physics of what happens at the start of my current novel. It felt good to exercise my brain, but I am pleased that it is done. Now maybe my brain will let me get back to writing.