- What’s your page count so far?
markdown2pdf gives me 39 letter pages. In total I have written 13,534 words according to 750words.com, and here are my stats for today: http://750words.com/entries/share/370939
- What challenges did you face this week? How about successes?
My biggest challenge this week was time. I have acquired this week major new responsibilities at work (very exciting, by the way, but with a major learning curve), which has meant a dramatic decrease in my time flexibility and in my free time, both on- and off-business hours. What has kept me going is the challenge of being able to share my progress here, and the pressure put on by being on the 750words monthly challenge. Not letting go of those funny bird-shaped badges is a powerful incentive :)
My biggest success was finally moving (as of yesterday) into really detailed technical content in my book. This was very satisfying, but also challenging, in the sense of having to switch gears into paying attention to details, focusing on working code, and how to explain it to the reader. Travis’ advise above feel very useful, and I shall follow it.
- How will you continue to keep up your momentum next week?
Since the workload on my day job is not likely to decrease (quite the contrary), I think I will have to switch to a stricter schedule of writing early in the morning, before the whirlwind of the day begins. I’ve cut it dangerously close to midnight a couple of times already (deadline imposed by 750words so that my entry is counted on that day), but I’m sure there will be some days when I will just not be able to stop on time.
Even with the increased pressure, I’m very satisfied with my progress, and I am very happy to be taking part in this challenge. I am sure something good will come out of all this.
I would like to thank all of you for providing such an encouraging environment. I have found everyone’s comments, insights, tips and tricks very helpful and motivating. I wish you all the best, and a good weekend! I managed to block some time this morning to write today’s entry, so I can take tonight off to go out with my wife :-)