First, today’s stats: 837 words today, http://750words.com/entries/share/399407
- What’s your page count so far?
markdown2pdf gives me 80 US Letter pages, counting today’s entry.
- What challenges have you faced as you’ve gone through this month? What successes?
I have encountered two big challenges. The first one, as I have said before, is time. As they say, when it rains it pours, and precisely during November I acquired major new responsibilities at my day job, which has made finding the time to write even harder. But I’ve managed to write every single day of the month so far, and I’m very happy with it.
The second challenge has been the code. Given my lack of time, I have focused on writing more than coding (since coding takes more time), but this being a technical book, code is kind-of a must :) I decided to focus more during this month on the structure of the book than on the nitty-gritty technical details, because otherwise I would have been hung for lack of coding time. I am still very happy with the book so far, but I am aware that a deep technical pass, looking at the code I’ve included and writing new one, is needed.
The success has been, of course, to write. To write every day, and to be now the proud author of an 80-page proto-book. To realize that I have something to say about this topic, and that I like saying it in writing.
- How will you keep up your progress after the writing month is over?
My two motivators will be the desire to submit a book proposal to PragProg, and 750words.com. The first one will drive me to a hard editing and polishing pass at one of my chapters to use as a writing sample, and the second will drive me to keep producing new content every day, even if it’s not related to this book.