Novel Writing Sprints Breakdown:
Total fingers on the keyboard time: 28 minutes. Total words: 959. Words per hour: 2,055.
22:19 – I didn’t get everything done today that I wanted, but I did manage to get a solid writing sprint in, and write 959 words. I’ve got writemonkey (link to the website) set back up. I’ll be able to time stamp my blog posts and go back to my old style. I’ve got the second monitor back up and running as well, so that will let me keep these logs while I’m writing, rather than having to switch windows and think about what just happened. In short, my workflow just got easier agian. Now I have no excuses.
The new timer structure of writing, is working out great for me. Also, thank you to everyone on twitter for the support and distractions when I need it. My writing sprint was from 14:54 to 15:22. The only down side, I was half way through a scene so once the timer went off I walked away to think about it. However, had it not been for the timer I think I would have called it quits sooner and walked away to think, with less words on the page. Yesterday I kept writing after the timer went off both sprints.
Dragon continues to improve, and make my life easier. Slowly and surly my words per hour are ticking upwards which I expected. I’m trying to use Dragon more online for forum posts. I think the more time I spend with it the better it will get. I’m also running a training session every day, or at least almost every day. I still need to train my Dragon today.
When I wrote yesterday that I would wake up and knock out a sprint, I had forgotten that today would be Saturday. The good news is, I got all of my weekend responsibilities done today. Which means, tomorrow I should have plenty of time, after I sleep in a bit. Sleep is important, especially for writers. Naps totally count as working for writers. It’s ‘thinking/plotting’ time.
If I manage to get another sprint in today after this blog post, like I want too, I’ll add the words to the start of tomorrow which is also the start of next week. Starting off the week ahead of schedule would take some of the pressure off. I recomend having weekly goals and tracking your progress. The key is to close the week out and not think about it. If you did great awesome. If you do poorly, so be it, that’s what a new week is for. A week is long enough to track without being so long that you fall so far behind that you end up saying ‘fuck it’ and giving up on your goals.
Weekly Word Count – 9,256 (Under my weekly target by 3,244).