Ultimate Cheapskate wrote:Thanks Louise -
Two words jump out: "procrastination" and "spreadsheet."
Do you factor in "procrastination time" as part of the equation of words-per-day? (I do... in fact the sign outside my office reads: "Welcome to the Den of Rumination". Because, as I like to say, "I'm a very fast writer, but a very slow ruminator.")
As for "spreadsheet," do you log your daily word count on a spreadsheet? Very interesting, if you do. Do you find it helpful? Might be something I should consider, given my LWCP ("Low Word Count Productivity").
"Procrastination time" isn't always in my log - I make a decision to stop writing and go off checking the internet, or read for a bit. Sometimes I don't take it out of the time, and that's where, on my spreadsheet, the WPM (words per minute) drop radically
What I like to do though, is aim for 500 words before I stop, then read or wander about, or mess about on the internet for a bit, then go for a another 500 words. That usually works well.
The spreadsheet has been amazing. I only introduced it recently, and my word count over a week shot up immediately. I basically wrote more in one week than I had over several months when I started being unemployed. I think I downloaded a basic one from a website and tweaked it to what I want it to do (the WPM I added, and a log, as the basic one only did words per day). I put in my start time, and my end time, and how many words I did in that time.