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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Writing Stats For 2019

Written by Kodi Wolf at 11:27 AM

2019 was slightly insane.

After my wife and I bought our first house at the end of 2018, we ended up doing more renovations than we'd initially planned on, which took a lot of my time and energy away from my writing, but I still managed to maintain my daily writing schedule and I even surpassed my basic goal of writing 500 words per day.

Here are my stats for 2019.

Writing Stats for 2019
  Words/Month Daily Average Highest Day Lowest Day Hours/Month Words/Hour
Jan 20,678 667 2,565 115 28h 2m 738
Feb 15,406 550 2,375 67 25h 10m 612
Mar 17,523 565 2,038 124 20h 29m 855
Apr 17,878 596 2,568 101 24h 53m 718
May 15,750 508 1,524 90 22h 46m 692
Jun 15,232 508 3,396 103 10h 0m 1,523
Jul 32,446 1,047 5,157 102 48h 16m 672
Aug 26,239 846 4,751 107 40h 32m 647
Sep 16,050 535 4,360 67 27h 3m 593
Oct 15,804 510 1,707 116 22h 11m 712
Nov 16,572 552 1,765 78 27h 8m 611
Dec 17,480 564 2,355 90 24h 52m 703
Writing Totals & Averages for 2019
Total Words 227,058
Monthly Average 18,922
Daily Average 622
Total Hours 321h 22m
Average Words/Hour 707

Compared to last year, my total dropped by about 49,000 words, which is a lot, but given that my total time spent writing dropped by about 127 hours, the loss is actually kind of low (at 707 words per hour, it should've been closer to 90,000 words less). But just like last year, my average words per hour increased, so I seem to be getting faster. I don't know if I'm just typing faster or I'm figuring stuff out faster, but I'm happy about it either way.

I also managed to post almost 50,000 words, just like I did in 2018, so it took less words to get to the same amount of postable content.

I only had three basic goals for my writing in 2019, mostly due to knowing I would be splitting my time between renovating the new house and writing. The first two were the bare minimum I wanted to achieve for the year, while the last one was mostly me being hopeful.

  • I wanted to maintain a daily average of at least 500 words. (Done - see above)
  • I wanted to keep my streak going and write every day. (Done - 1,476 days, including today)
  • I wanted to post new story chapters. (Done - posted almost 48,000 words on A Bondage Primer)

Considering all the craziness of my health issues and trying to renovate a house, I think I did pretty well keeping up with my writing.

Now, for 2020.

I kind of feel like even though I got a lot of writing done in 2019, I didn't get much finished (or at least not as much as I wanted to). So, that's my overall goal for 2020. To take my outlines and notes and turn them into finished scenes and chapters. To help me achieve that goal, I've realized I need to shift my focus away from my word count. I don't need new words, I need edited words.

On the other hand, maintaining my daily writing streak is really important to me. I feel like if I let that slide, I'll just go back to allowing days of not writing to turn into weeks, and then months.

So, I've come up with a dual daily practice I'm going to try to implement and see if it works.

For at least 15 minutes every day, I'm going to work on one of my outlined scenes to turn it into story text. If I want to continue beyond that, I certainly can, and if it sparks me to write new text, that's fine, too, but if my energy is low, I don't have to push it.

When I'm done, I'm not going to try to keep track of what I've deleted or count the new words interspersed in the previously outlined text. I'm just going to count the words for the part of the scene that I completed and that will be my word count for the day. This will push me to get bits finalized without being so focused on my word count that I feel compelled to come up with something new in order to meet a specific word count goal. I do kind of think it's a cheat, but whatever gets me to my goal, you know? :)

For another 15 minutes every day, I'm going to work on more admin type stuff. These are the things that are connected to my writing, but don't actually involve writing story text. Like copying my stories from Word into Scrivener so I can make Kindle mobi files. Or editing the code on the 200+ pages of my website to implement the site redesign I came up with last year to make the site more mobile friendly (and in the process, hopefully, more search engine friendly). Or organizing my brainstorming session notes that are in Scrivener and moving them to the appropriate sections of my scene outlines so it'll be easier for me to write those scenes when I get there.

I know I came up with some of this last year, but I found it very difficult to let go of my word count. I think part of that was because I was stressed from having to put most of my energy into the house renovations, so by the time I would get around to writing, it was easier to just fall back on my usual habit of brainstorming a new sex scene for A Bondage Primer (I have 201 days to fill and they almost never stop at one orgasm, so that's a lot of sex scenes to imagine... Damn, I love my job... Anyway... :) )

I've also realized I've been letting a lot of admin stuff fall by the wayside as well. I really want all of my stories to be available in various ebook formats, but it isn't as simple as 'Saving as...' from my Word files. It takes time to transfer that text into Scrivener and make all the formatting adjustments, and if I feel like I only have enough energy to do one thing, I'm going to choose writing over formatting every time.

But if I can put just 15 minutes a day towards getting some of those admin tasks done, I might actually get some of those tasks completed and off my plate by the end of the year, which would be nice.

Well, wish me luck. :)

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New ABP Chapters Posted

Written by Kodi Wolf at 3:50 AM

I've added Days 21-23 to A Bondage Primer. They're just under 48,000 words, so I hope that makes up for not posting anything earlier in the year.

About that.

At the beginning of the year, I kinda decided to stop posting monthly updates on my writing along with the daily progress reports regarding what I was working on. It was just a drain on my energy, especially with trying to keep up with my writing while working on the house renovations (which are still ongoing, but close to being done finally... it's amazing how that crap can snowball).

I kept meaning to post something explaining that's what I was doing, or rather that's what I was no longer doing, but it never happened. I apologize to anyone who thought that meant I wasn't writing anymore. I've been writing every day and the reason I only have 48,000 words of posted chapters to show for it is because I'm really backlogged on completing my edits for the other chapters and stories I've been working on. With the house almost done, one of my goals for 2020 is to finish getting that stuff edited and posted, so here's hoping.

Anyway, from now on, I'm probably only going to post updates when I have actual chapters to post, so depending on how things go, it could be a while before I update again.

Just thought I'd give everyone a heads up.

Happy holidays. :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Writing Stats For 2018

Written by Kodi Wolf at 12:00 AM

2018 was a bitch and a half, but it was also pretty amazing.

I ended up with one illness after another, but my wife and I also bought our first house, and I hit most of my writing goals, so... Yeah. There's my life in a nutshell. And suddenly I'm hearing The Facts of Life theme song in my head. "You take the good, you take the bad..." Anyway. :)

Here are my stats for 2018.

Writing Stats for 2018
  Words/Month Daily Average Highest Day Lowest Day Hours/Month Words/Hour
Jan 22,593 729 2,593 80 47h 52m 472
Feb 16,149 577 1,753 135 30h 37m 527
Mar 23,386 754 2,148 82 34h 16m 682
Apr 24,074 802 3,177 124 42h 16m 570
May 33,030 1,065 7,504 247 47h 0m 703
Jun 17,405 580 4,268 94 33h 26m 521
Jul 18,588 600 2,634 51 29h 40m 627
Aug 21,603 697 2,443 70 27h 26m 787
Sep 40,161 1,339 7,270 160 59h 37m 674
Oct 16,709 539 4,171 125 21h 25m 780
Nov 16,611 554 2,379 87 22h 16m 746
Dec 25,714 829 3,785 77 52h 43m 488
Writing Totals & Averages for 2018
Total Words 276,023
Monthly Average 23,002
Daily Average 756
Total Hours 448h 34m
Average Words/Hour 615

Compared to last year, my monthly average only went down about 1,400 words, but my total hours spent writing was nearly cut in half while my average words per hour just about doubled. So even though I wrote about 16,000 words less overall, I wrote them much faster. I think that's a pretty solid win.

Beyond the stats, I had five goals for my writing in 2018. The first two were the bare minimum I wanted to achieve for the year, while the other three were for bonus points.

  • I wanted to maintain a daily average of at least 500 words. (Done - see above)
  • I wanted to keep my streak going and write every day. (Done - 1,103 days, including today)
  • I wanted to post new story chapters. (Done - posted over 50,000 words on A Bondage Primer)
  • I wanted to hit a total of a quarter million (250,000) words for the year, which is an average of 685 words per day. (Done - see above)
  • I wanted to finish Lights of Life. (Not even close)

I'm trying to cut myself some slack on that last one, though.

I haven't finished writing Lights, but I did finish the outline, which means I finally have an ending. The vague idea I had before never made me happy, but this one does (so much so that I reread the outline about once a month just to remind myself that it's there and waiting for me when I'm finally able to focus on it again).

In writing the outline and reading a few how-to articles on writing, I realized part of my trouble has been that Lights is really two stories in one. I think some people might even recommend I split them up into two separate books, but I really see them as one long epic story with two distinct parts. (Depending on the final length, I may have to split them up to publish in paperback format, but I hope not.)

The first half is a love story. It's where Jess and Kaylee meet and fall in love. Then the second half kicks in and it becomes a war story and you get to watch their love get tested to the breaking point, only to become stronger because of it, and it's their love that ultimately saves the day.

Once I figured all that out, I was able to write what I think is a much better beginning for the story that helps meld the two halves into one cohesive whole.

So now I'm trying to figure out what I want to do in 2019.

I've realized that one of the things that's been holding me back in my writing (other than health stuff) is sort of a mental block I have.

Part of the way I've been maintaining my focus on my writing is by measuring my progress, which has been solely focused on my word count. Even if I only write 50 words, I feel like I can count that as long as it's something new.

Because of that, there have been a lot of times where I've kind of thrown up my hands and just brainstormed a new scene for A Bondage Primer because I know I can get a couple hundred words in 10-15 minutes, and then I can call it quits so I can either try to rest or put my energy towards fixing up the house so we can move in.

Doing that is a lot easier than spending hours trying to organize my notes without actually adding anything to them (meaning 0 word count) or trying to take my outlines and turn them into scenes.

Let me explain the second one a little more. A lot of my outlines include narrated conversations, such as "Jess said such and such. Then Kaylee pointed out that..." It's relatively easy for me to rewrite that by cutting out the narration and just adding quotes to the dialogue after I change the tenses. Once I add dialogue beats, it ends up being a fairly complete scene that should only require minimal rewrites, if any.

However, I end up spending a lot of time counting how many words I've cut in order to keep an accurate record of my word count. I start with a base word count, then add up the words I've cut, subtract them from the starting count, then when I enter the final count into my spreadsheet, it shows how many words I've added and that's my word count for the day.

I know this probably sounds silly. I should be happy just to track my time and have a mostly final scene when I'm done, but I've gotten very attached to my word count. I'm worried that at the end of the month, if I see zero words, I'm going to feel like I'm failing even though I've worked for 40 hours and have 5 new chapters done.

I also don't think I can just shift my emphasis to the time I'm putting in. I don't want that to be the goal post because if I can't put in a lot of time, either because of my health or life stuff, I'm going to get down on myself, and that's not good. I also don't want to feel like I have to take time away from my wife in order to achieve my writing goals.

So I need to figure out how to make myself feel like I'm still achieving my goals even if I don't have the word count to show for it.

Unfortunately, I have no idea how to do that.

[...thinking...]

Okay, so I just had a thought. What if I keep track of the finished scenes/chapters and count those up at the end of the day/month? It won't necessarily be 'new' words, but it will definitely show my progress as I take outlined content and turn it into finished content.

That will also be highly motivating for me to work on Lights because I already have the whole story outlined (and ABP, since I have a ton of scenes outlined). I know it'll sort of be like I'm getting words for free, but knowing I've gotten 15,000 words of story completed (rather than newly written) will be a really good benchmark.

All right. I'm going to try it. And if I don't like it (or if it feels too much like lying), I can always change my mind and try something else.

Here's to writing and finishing more new content in 2019.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Still Working On The House

Written by Kodi Wolf at 7:25 PM

This post was supposed to be about November, but since it's so late and I've actually done my writing for today, I'm going to go ahead and include December as well. I'll post my year-end summary later.

My total word count for November was 16,611, which averages out to 554 words per day. My lowest words per day was 87 and my highest was 2,379.

My total word count for December was 25,714, which averages out to 829 words per day. My lowest words per day was 77 and my highest was 3,785.

I'm exhausted from working on the house, so I'm going to keep this short.

I'm still working on the house. I'm still writing every day. I'm really tired, but the house is coming along.

I'll write more next year.

Happy New Year. :)

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Working On The House

Written by Kodi Wolf at 6:15 AM

After having an awesome month of writing in September, despite the stress of buying a house, I think October is where it all caught up with me. I managed to keep up with my writing every day, but it was a struggle to get the words on the page and I barely hit my monthly goal.

My total word count for October was 16,709, which averages out to 539 words per day. My lowest words per day was 125 and my highest was 4,171.

That high of over 4,000 words was actually done on October 31 in a last ditch marathon session to hit my basic goal of 15,500 words for the month (that's 500 words per day). I surpassed it by 1,000 words, but I really hated leaving it to the last minute.

I'm going to try to do better this month, but I know it's going to be difficult because I have a lot of work to do on the house. It's not anything major. Just patching holes, painting, and getting flooring installed upstairs and in the back bedroom, but it is going to take a significant amount of energy, which tends to drain my creativity.

My plan is to get my writing done first thing before I go over to the house to work, and when that fails, I'm hoping I'll be able to get some writing done while I'm taking breaks from the reno.

I really want to be moved in before Christmas. I think it's doable, but a lot depends on how well my body holds up and how long it takes to get the flooring installed.

Here's hoping I can pull it off. :)