Leanne Neanne and my wife over at dot2trot are big inspirations. Yesterday, Dot posted her weekly weigh-in, and today I got my notification from Leanne that she’d also posted something. Lo and behold, she’s down 1.7 pounds this week. She also posted about her Fitbit gadget/thing, which allows her to keep track of all the running and jumping around she does.
Dot posted something similar the other day, and a guy at work has one and takes the stairs all the time and avoids the elevators. I get tired on elevators, but I’m a writer so it’s ok.
Back to the Fitbit: apparently you can compete with your friends about who’s struggling up the most flights of stairs and all that. On the surface, this sounds crazy, right? But humans are funny. We love to win, we hate to lose, and this kept the dinosaurs from killing us a million years ago.
It’s a little like my Sunday word count thing: confession keeps me honest. Mostly with myself. Net result? I get more done, and dinosaurs leave me alone.
Hey, I think my blog’s got a new thing! Kind of like the Awesome Indies thing, or the “sometimes he writes funny stories” thing. So now there’s my weekly word count confession thing. Like over on Kristine McKinley’s blog.
Here’s how it’ll work:
If I’m happy with my word count, I’ll post a happy picture of Ralphie from the Christmas Story. If I’m not happy, I’ll post a picture of Scut Farkus.
Going forward, I’ll post my counts on Sunday.
But last Saturday, the word count was: 22,000.
Today, the word count is: 30,000.
That’s 8k words in 8 days. A quick glance at my scientific calculator shows an average of 1000 words a day. This will be the minimum daily average to put up Ralphie’s picture — a real incentive, because I love that picture.
P.T. Hylton’s podcasts are short and informative, and today’s meshes with my post yesterday about my word count, and Kristine’s blog post.
Kristine McKinley is a rather brave author. The other day, she bravely posted all kinds of statistics pertaining to her writing. I thought it’d be a neat idea to post my own numbers (below). Though I don’t have the kind of detail she’s been keeping, still, it was a good week.
Word count as of last Sunday: 9500
Word count one week later, today, Saturday: 22,000.
I’ll be honest and say I wouldn’t have posted this if I didn’t feel like bragging. My normal word count has been horrible. But recently, thanks to various podcasts I’ve been listening to, and my recent interview with P.T. Hylton, and his videos where he talks about his own progress, things are turning around.