I happen to love numbers. And anyone who has watched some videos from vihart might understand why numbers are so fascinating. They can draw pictures, tell you stories, and draw a world on a flat surface. Music is math! Art is geometry. Words are symphonies played out with the written language.
One thing I learned from NaNoWriMo is that I love to watch the numbers going up. I love to see how much I wrote each day, and try to beat the number from the day before… or at least writing more each day.
I started keeping my own set of numbers to help me write without the help of NaNo forums, graphs and news letters.
I have a database that tracks how much I wrote on what projects (including this blog, though the blog is not added into the graph below) and I am trying to track how many hours I spend on each project each day. Reminding myself to punch in and out of the little app on my phone that charts the time isn’t always easy though since I write in 20 min spurts several times a day.
The graph shows my daily word count, with red dots for every day I skipped. Since I hate putting in those red marks I’ve actually been writing more. I even added in the blue line which is my guess (hope) of future progress upward.
Speaking of progress. “Osiren’s Tears”, which I did for NaNo, is half way through the final edit. Then I will start looking for an editor to clean up my spelling and grammar before I publish it. I still have to polish the cover, but hopefully that won’t take long.
As for “Small Bites”, I’ve decided to break it into four mini books, each with three short stories. They will be put out as 99 cent volumes, then I will put up the entire “Small Bites” book with all twelve stories for $3.99 once they are all finished.
Once I have all of these up I will feel comfortable trying KDP select and start offering a few titles for free.
Writing is a long process, but I still believe it is worth it.
NaNoWriMo introduced me to the magic of tracking numbers. Very effective way to tease you into performing every day. Like your idea of tracking your own progress in this way! Also, like your blog =)
The graph was something I did last night for the first time. I wanted a more visual display. I think I’ll be doing this once a week and post it on the last day of the month from now on. Accountability.