Monday, September 1, 2014

I'm seriously writing a novel, check out my stats

Everyday when I was a boy, I'd run outside our house in Grand Terrace, California and grab the newspaper off the driveway. I'd open the sports section, read the wins and losses of every baseball team, then I'd focus in on the players' stats. Who hit home runs, who stole bases, who struck out the most batters.

On top of obsessing over big league statistics, I also kept meticulous stats on my own personal little league career.  And I still have them, starting at eight years old and spanning into my adult baseball days.


I love stats. 


Stats show me how I am doing. They motivate me, give me goals to shoot for. And now that I'm a writer, I've decided to start keeping stats all over again for the same purposes. But now, instead of batting averages and ERA's, I'm keeping track of Writing Time and Word Counts (WC's)

Here's what they look like:



Date
Wake
Writing Time
Type of Writing
Total(WC)
Daily(WC)
                    


5/24/14

3:45am- 8:45am

26,647

5/26/14

4:50am-7:00
Editing


5/27/14

4:10am-7:10
 editing
26,791

5/28/14

6am-6:35
editing
26,822

5/30/14

5:20am-7pm
Notes


5:31/14

3:29am-7:20
plus 3 more pages of Magena’s rules
27,937

6/2/14

5:11am-7am
 removed magena’s rules to new folder
27,610

6/4/14

5:02am-7am

28,181

6/5/14

5:03am-7:02am

28, 634

6/6/14

4:57am-7:07am

29,028

6/7/14

3:55am-6:30

29,565

6/8/14

5:22am-7am

29,727

6/9/14

5:42am-7am
Outlining


6/10/14

4:40am-7:09
Editing
29,778

6/11/14

5:30am-6:59am
Editing
29,773

6/12/14

5:18am-7:15am
Editing
30,179

6/13/14

4:39am-7:07
Editing
30,298

6/15/14

6:27am-8:30
Editing
30,683

6/16/14

4:27am-6:48
Editing
30,850

6/18-14

4:52am-7:10
Editing/writing
31,366

6/19/14

4:22am-7:17
Editing
31,651

6/23/14

5:48am-7am
Editing
31,890

6/24/14

5:39am-6:59
Editing
31,941

6/25/14

5:10am-7:05
Outlining/writing
32,192

6/26/14

4:32am-7:06
Writing
32,847

6/27/14

5:28am-7/8:20-10:53
Writing
33,613

6/28-6/30 2014

Various
Wrote at HS camp
33,994

7/1/14

5:01-6:30
Writing
34,172

7/2/14

5:39-7:05
Writing
34,383

7/3/14

4:24-6:56
Writing
35,309

7/5/14

10:15am-1pm
Editing
35,260

7/6/14

4:45am-7
Editing
35,145

7/10/14

4:09am-6:30
Outlining/writing
35,540

7/11/14

5:12am-7
Writing/editing
35,814

7/12/14

4:57am-7am
Writing/editing
36,151

7/13/14

6:10am-7am
Writing
36,387

7/15/14

4:00am-6:59am
Writing
37,033
823
7/16/14

3:56am-7:05am
Editing/writing
37,555
634
7/17/14

5:24am-7-10am
Writing
38,075
520
7/18/14

6:09am-6:25
Editing
38,097
22
7/19/14

4:32am-7:05am
Writing
38,726
629
7/23/14

4:52-7:05am
Writing/editing
38,979
374
7/24/14

4:35am-7:15
Writing
39,749
770
7/25/14

5:47am-7:11
Writing
39,977
228
7/26/14

4:10am-7:01
Writing/editing
40,577
662
7/27/14

5:58am-7:21
Writing
40,882
305
7/28/14

4:07am-7:05
Writing
41,583
826
7/29/14

4:30am-7:02
Writing
42,270
687
7/30/14

4:08am-6:37
Writing
43,032
762
7/31/14

5:38am-6:50
8:26am-10:58am
Editing/Writing
Writing
43,231
43,602
238
639
8/1/14

4:44am-7:16am
Writing/editing
44,201
615
8/2/14

5:30am-6:20
Editing
44,180
-19
8/4/14

4:05am-6:43
Editing/writing
44,754
574
8/5/14

4:13am-6:53
Writing
45,481
816
8/6/14

5:30am-7:00
Writing/editing
45,739
309
8/7/14

3:49am-6:59
Writing
46,509
770
8/8/14

5:03am-7:03
Writing
47,070
561
8/9/14
4:47
5:00am-7:13
Writing/ kids
47,606
594
8/10/14

6:35am-7:05
Plotting
47,615
9
8/11/14

6:05am-7:06
A short story


8/12/14
4:19
4:38am-7:04
Editing/Writing
48,146
531
8/13/14
5:22
5:33am-7:10
Editing
48,204
58
8/14/14
3:21
3:33am-6:59
Writing
49,766
1562
8/15/14
5:05
5:21am-7am
Writing
50,084
318
8/16/14
3:45
4:00am-7:32
Editing/Writing
50,413
329
8/17/14
5:12
5:27am-7:04
Writing
50,761
398
8/18/14
4:14
4:28am-7:05
Writing/editing
51,181
575
8/19/14
3:20
3:38am-7:00
Writing
51,952
946
8/20/14
4:11
4:30am-5:53
Plotting

312
8/21/14
4:12
4:30am-7:05
Writing/editing
52,289
394
8/22/14
4:02
4:18am-6:58
Writing
52,963
691
8/23/14
5:13
5:26am-6:28
Plotting/writing
53,161
198
8/24/14
4:28
4:40am-7:30
Writing
53,807
646
8/25/14
5:22
5:38am-7:09
Editing
53,827
20
8/26/14
5:48
5:54am-7:04
Editing
53,946
119
8/27/14
5:10
5:28am-6:59
Writing
54,329
383
8/28/14
4:57
5:18am-7:00
Writing
54,784
455
8/29/14
3:46
3:58am-6:58
Writing
54,453
543
8/30/14
4:32
4:52am-6:45
Writing
54773
624
8/31/14
4:18
4:35am-8:18
Writing
55,668
895
9/1/14
5:22
5:40am-7:14
Writing
56,131
463



As you can see above, I added more categories as I realized  them, thus the blank spaces for "Wake Time" and "Daily WC" for the earlier dates.


Now, what do I plan to do with these stats?


I can do petty things like check out the average time it takes between waking up in the morning and getting started writing. I can look at differences between those stats in interesting ways. Does it take longer to start writing if I wake up before 4am compared to when I wake up before 5am?

Or I can check if I write better on the weekends verses weekdays.

What about more important stats, like finding out my average WCOPH (Word Count Output Per Hour) when writing for one hour verses two hours? Or verses three hours? Does my overall WCOPH increase if given a longer amount of time to write? I suspect it will. But how significant is the increase?

Or I might find that waking up before 4am actually hinders my overall WCOPH despite having extra time. Maybe extra sleep is more important. (I don't think so!)

Well, with all this talk of stats, you may be wondering . . . have I crunched the numbers yet?

No, I'm in the middle of writing a deliciously enthralling novel (my own opinion). I can only waste so much time...