Got some content work done - this chapter is looking good. Did some planning for a subsequent chapter.
Yesterday I did more “thinking” about writing than actual writing, so I made sure to get an early start today and I got some good writing started about decision trees in agile. I’ll write more tonight and that will make up for yesterday. This is my most substantive writing this week, so I’m starting to get the hang of this I think!
I wrote my part early today, so I could take Friday night off. Wrote 1,252 words today, for a grand total after five days of 6,318 words!
Today’s stats: http://750words.com/entries/share/356522
25 minutes, up to 3424 words and 8 pages. I’ve now bested my efforts the previous years… :-)
> rake stats (in /Users/davec/Projects/pragprowrimo) 540 7473 46491
That’s about 1494 words/day!
I spent a bit of time re-organizing and moving stuff around. I wish I’d created an outline on day 1. Maybe not for everyone, but for me, a bit of structure goes a long way.
I just completed my day’s writing and it was not as exhilarating as yesterday’s, but I still have a clear idea of what my next few pages will say. I now have a few characters. They are all based on real people. There are two folks who are clearly going places in their programming careers, two people who are in trouble, and one person who is headed for trouble. I still feel there are many unknowns with this book. How do I write it? I’m feeling my way here. I need to start thinking exactly how I want the book to conclude. Maybe I can find time this weekend to play with a few possible outlines. Maybe I need to plan all the chapters in the book and think about them, while still achieving the 2 pages per day writing goal. I sort of like structure the way David does, but I like knowing what my book’s conclusion will be even more. Leon Uris wrote in one of his books that the aspiring writer has got to know how the book will end. I don’t know whether he is right or wrong – it makes sense for novels in progress, I think. What Uris wrote always stuck in my mind. So I imagine I need to know the general conclusion of the book. I believe I can guide myself into writing towards that conclusion. Maybe my path to the final chapter will be wandery, maybe it will be straight and narrow, but I hope to logically guide the reader to that conclusion.
Today was a mixed bag. Ended up writing this evening rather than this morning due to a late flight. First pomodoro rocked, second one took about 10 minutes to get into a groove, then really got cranking.
962 4540 30719 total
May still write a few more pomodoros, not sure. I’ll be sure to post an update if I do.
Done for the day (actually a little past the day and into next morning, but close enough). Didn’t get a lot of text down on account of working on some sample code, but decent sample code is often time-consuming.
As a late-starter (no early-bird more the last-man-standing-in-the-bar) I got my first pages today (1084 words); easy because it was just a “how I got into this situation”
Even if it is Nov-6 right now, I like to be on the fridays list.