Writing Wednesday: Motivational Metrics

Goals achieved last week: 3 blog posts. Stories cycling back to market on schedule. Decided on the next release to follow “Cellfishness.” I succeeded in making my paltry contribution quota to the blogs of others.

Swordsmaster remains at 72,845 words.Made my paltry quota of contributions to other people’s blogs.

ZERO WORDS. That’s right – zero. To be explained on the other side of the asterisks


I harp on about this a lot, but having metrics for my writing is crucial. Not only to judge how much I’m getting done, but to whether I’m putting in sufficient effort. The reason that I produced ZERO words last week (AND that I still have translated only forty of my ninety character interviews into the spreadsheet) is that I didn’t apply myself to the task. This was either because I undervalue (or dislike) the “non-writing” background work, or because I need milestones and goals to keep me moving forward. And knowing there was no measure occurring, who would notice if I wasn’t applying myself and call me to task?

It turns out that I noticed; I need to be a crueler task master of myself.

I need another way to keep track of my efforts (AND to make sure I’m making an effort.) I could just track my time; when I was just writing, I was averaging around ten hours per week (usually an hour on weekdays, another five total on the weekend.) But it would be very easy for an untrustworthy person (raises my hand) to just SAY they spent the time at it – I need to measure progress as well.

Some of you may be wondering how it can be so difficult for a person to take charge of themselves, but I think most of you understand – it’s very easy to get side-tracked by LIFE and other things (like that interesting blog post), unless you have a deadline and something concrete you’re trying to accomplish.

To keep from messing up my average words-per-week for the year (one of my motivators), I need to translate ALL activities into that metric to help keep myself on task and moving forward. SO, I will give myself 10% of the word count from my interviews as I translate them into my Character Facts spreadsheet (which means last week was really worth 956 words.)

I’m sure all this sounds too… retentive to some of you, but we all have our habits and gimics to get through life, our own quirks that help us to GET ‘ER DONE! These are mine – what are yours? (that’s right – another subtle solicitation of COMMENTS…)

Just saying…


My next release (due on May 4th) will be another collection of collections – The Last Three Things I Could Get Out of My Mind, which (unsurprisingly) will contain my last three Out of My Mind collections. (and no, I still haven’t started pulling it together…)


CellfishnessCover2William Mangieri’s writing – including his most previous publication “Cellfishness” – can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
• His Amazon Author page:  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008O8CBDY
• Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/william-mangieri?store=book&keyword=william+mangieri
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books):  https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=william+mangieri&sitesearch_type=STORE
• His site on WordPress:  https://williammangieri.wordpress.com
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:  http://www.facebook.com/NoTimeToThink
• His Goodreads author page:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6893616.William_Mangieri
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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