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04 Nov 2011, 12:38
Julian Gamble (34 posts)

It’s Friday! We’re meant to post our word counts.

I’ve run a raw ‘wc -w’ on all my raw output so far: 9741 Not too shabby - but it’s all about quality not quantity.

Today I’ve gone back over ideas expressed in code and drawn them out as prose to keep the narrative flow.

04 Nov 2011, 15:44
Susannah Davidson Pfalzer (114 posts)

Yep, it’s Friday checkin and word count time! At day 4 - how’s it going so far? Challenges? Successes? Questions?

It is about quality not quantity, as you say, Julian, but for now you can focus on “just writing” rather than revising (yet).

And, great progress so far, Julian!

Cheers, Susannah

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04 Nov 2011, 19:10
Paul Pladijs (24 posts)

After 4 days I have now 3500 words.

I was wondering what “2 pages a day” means. I took the book Metaprogramming Ruby and counted the words on several full pages. The result for two pages is between 800 and 850 words.

Two pages full of bullet lists or with a few small examples of source code contain between 550 and 650 words.

This gives me a nice guide line.

04 Nov 2011, 21:26
David Lindelöf (14 posts)

4363 words so far. Averaging just more than 1000 words per day. I agree with Paul, it would make more sense to ask either for a) a quota of words, or b) a quota of time spent glued to one’s chair (one hour per day for me).

04 Nov 2011, 22:21
W Ward (2 posts)

Sadly, only a chapter outline for the book and a detailed outline for the selected chapter completed today. But the weekend beckons - a word count will appear soon, I hope.

04 Nov 2011, 23:14
Susannah Davidson Pfalzer (114 posts)

To convert word count to page count: a page is approximately 300 words, depending on how many figures, code, headings, or other elements are on the page. And agreed, David, butt-in-chair time is really what’s important here. Aim for an hour a day of writing time. You can try the Pomodoro Technique, where you write for 25 minutes, take a break, then write for another 25 minutes. You’ll make lots of progress aiming for two Pomodoros (Pomodori?) per day.

Cheers, Susannah

04 Nov 2011, 23:58
adam goucher (2 posts)

Picking up from a earlier book effort; 6717 words total and of that ~ 1/3 (2451) is new this week.

Oh. And its all up on


05 Nov 2011, 01:34
Brian P. Hogan (178 posts)

I wrote for a good 10 hours today. My current book had some unexpected changes that needed to be made, so I and my co-authors did a bunch of work to get things fixed so we wouldn’t slip on the deadline.

I want to work on my PragProWriMo book a little, but I’m absolutely beat.

05 Nov 2011, 02:41
Ted M. Young (3 posts)

Well, I had totally forgotten to start writing (I was busy with a workshop on the 1st and 2nd) and it wasn’t until I saw Adam Goucher’s tweet today that I remembered!

So, I’m a few days behind, but hopefully over the long run it won’t matter. Today I wrote 530 words.

I’m not sure what kind of book it’ll turn out to be, but I know who it’s aimed at: my fellow coders who want to write code that they don’t regret 3 months or 3 years later.

05 Nov 2011, 03:16
Greg Cerveny (33 posts)

Today I got in 570 words barely. Spent most of day unpacking at the new house, but pulled away from tv & pizza time to get some writing in . Didn’t have a lot of interesting things to write about code, so covered some basics.

05 Nov 2011, 06:13
Edward Gibbs (15 posts)

Brutal day yesterday but back today with 445 words and 2003 total.

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