Today I continued progressing on content and hit my goal. Then I spent some time researching a demo project for a later chapter to impress people looking at the book.
Today, I made up the missing writing from yesterday - 1500 words (outline, some organizational & research stuff yesterday). Hope, I will be able to write tomorrow.
Made it: 1.002 words. For now: Half German (mother tongue), half English. Soon, I’ll have to decide on the language… Anyways, one funny thing happened: After having verified some ancient greek philosophy, I fell into writing in verse. In English. Hopefully, nobody will break his brain about what I wrote there :-) Oh well, the creative powers of the human mind.
Good day yesterday (2k+ words). Bit tired today so only 1.4k. Perhaps realising how worn out I am with the topic - but also realising I have a lot of ideas which need organising.
Best to get them written and edit; you can’t edit blank space.
Today: 1,788 words: http://750words.com/entries/share/348931
Another good day today – however I am now officially done with the text that I had already written for this book – it got me through the first two days, which shows just how little I had actually written over the last few months. From tomorrow on I will have to actually write each day!
Made it with a total of 3764 words, including code.
I’m writing a book on making great command line apps in Ruby, and a good 800 words come off as a rant against Perl and bash, so I don’t know if those would make it past some real editing, but at least I did it!
So I’ve modified my counting script a bit:
prompt> find . -name "*.rst" | xargs wc | tail -1
As such, I checked out yesterday’s code after I finished and re-ran it, so here’s yesterday’s and today’s result:
447 1401 10396 total 650 2370 17026 total
I’ll take it. More than word or page count, though, I’m focusing on “pomodoros.” My goal is two solid pomodoros each day – one hour a day or seven hours of writing each week. Today was the first day I went the pomodoro route for tracking time, yesterday I eyeballed it.
Congrats to everyone who’s made it two days. -T
Today I created an imaginary character named Derek and described his lackluster efforts to support an imaginary web application with low-quality audit logging documentation, and his manager’s demand that documents be completed acceptably within two weeks. Derek also attends a bug discussion meeting. Tomorrow I will create another character and describe his day, which will proceed with happier results.
I am definitely having trouble deciding on the outline of the book. I’m doing much thinking about the content of the book. I’m wondering a little about the length of the book, too. Well that will be at least 60 pages. But how long is long enough? I need to decide how the book will conclude, and how to connect the characters I create with the behavioral techniques I want to suggest. I also want to interview the real-life counterparts of my characters to learn the stories of their careers, because I’ve only seen snapshots of their work over the space of two or three years and don’t yet know how they started out and how they came to the positions they have. So I believe I will have to factor in time to arrange and conduct at least one or two interviews in addition to the daily two pages.
I am also thinking about other service oriented professionals besides information technology specialists. Are there common success factors that can be observed among nurses, automotive mechanics, and software developers who are rising in their careers? I think there are. But I need to study this new thought a bit more.
Yes I have a message…a theme…a banner that I want to hold high and talk about. But I’m also having a tough time wondering what to say in the next two pages and how to say the stuff that interests me.
Scratched out some more content. 786 words today, all of it just before bed. Writing good code examples is hard!
Edit: ugh. Did I really say “content”? put that on the list of words to avoid.
I wrote approximately 600 words and worked on an outline on paper. I spent a lot of time yak shaving by learning about Markdown and associated tools. I think it was time worth spending since I’ve provisionally decided to write my book in Markdown and convert the book to other formats (such as DocBook).
Finished section on ergonomics (…he wrote while slouching in his chair).
Raymond: Yak shaving???
I wrote 1508 words today, according to Scrivener. I’ll have to give up on page counts because I added some images (flow charts, yum! :) and it isn’t handling them right; they are being placed on a page by themselves, which means I’m up to 20 pages but it’s funny math.
Whew, I need to start writing a bit earlier - but I’m doing this on a business trip in my hotel. So it’s great having this thread to check-in and keep up the momentum. I’m not quite at the NaNoWriMo pace to get to 50,000 words. But I’ll get to 30K, 1000 a day. Today I hit 2175.
Yak shaving (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/yak_shaving) ….two complementary, almost opposite, meanings:
“(idiomatic) Any apparently useless activity which, by allowing you to overcome intermediate difficulties, allows you to solve a larger problem.”
“(idiomatic) The actually useless activity you do that appears important when you are consciously or unconsciously procrastinating about a larger problem.”
I highlight the fact that it’s unclear early on whether some work we do is useful in the long term or not….
Other distractions couldn’t have come at a worse time. I will write a few chapters this month and come away with something great, but I’ve done only about 500 words a day.
Congratulations to those of you cracking 1000 words!