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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by lea_owens on April 24, 2019, 07:51:40 AM »
April 8, 0
April 9, 1952
April 11, 3925
April 12 5022
April 13 7175
April 14, 9113
April 15, 10,885
April 16, 12,461
April 17, 14,822
April 18, 16,486
April 20  18,009
April 21, 20,632
April 22, 22,783
April 23, 24,667

Well, that was scary.  At first, I read the line that you can write 3,000 words in an evening and then I jumped to the list, where I thought those were your daily word counts.  I was impressed at 10,000; I think that surpasses Amanda Lee.  Then you hit 12k and 18k and 24k and geesh.  If I could write 24k words a day, I'd have all my WIPs finished in 6 months.  LOL.

I was a bit relieved when I figured out it was the cumulative total.

lol I should have used the word 'cumulative'. In fact, I shall edit (if possible). That last day, with 24,000+ words would have been a doozy. :D
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: I just wanna be Amanda Lee
« Last post by lea_owens on April 24, 2019, 07:41:18 AM »
I hadn't heard of Amanda Lee before this post, though I HAD read the thread somewhere where a writer was continually doing 9,000 words of writing and 9,000 of editing a day (obviously, that had to be Amanda - I didn't read/remember the name, I was just in awe of the word count).

I haven't seen any snarkiness in this thread, either.

I'm not religious, but if I was, I have a new deity to worship - a woman with that word count who also mows lawns and fixes cars. I would put her on a pedestal and bow before her if I could (no snarkiness, just genuine admiration and awe).

It's 7.30am. I'm going to feed my three stallions, mow our lawn, check the boundary fence up the back (neighbour's cattle keep coming from their 3,000 acres on to our lowly 100 acres), run to town to pick up parts for the little tractor, head over to our son's farm for a bit (30 year old executive - broke his ankle trail biking last week, and enjoying having mum bringing him food), do the washing, procrastinate, dilly dally, dither, and daydream, then find some time to write and aim for 2,000 words. In between, I'm going to be thinking of Amanda and wishing her well, because she is truly inspirational.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by Electric Dan on April 24, 2019, 07:28:10 AM »
April 8, 0
April 9, 1952
April 11, 3925
April 12 5022
April 13 7175
April 14, 9113
April 15, 10,885
April 16, 12,461
April 17, 14,822
April 18, 16,486
April 20  18,009
April 21, 20,632
April 22, 22,783
April 23, 24,667

Well, that was scary.  At first, I read the line that you can write 3,000 words in an evening and then I jumped to the list, where I thought those were your daily word counts.  I was impressed at 10,000; I think that surpasses Amanda Lee.  Then you hit 12k and 18k and 24k and geesh.  If I could write 24k words a day, I'd have all my WIPs finished in 6 months.  LOL.

I was a bit relieved when I figured out it was the cumulative total.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by lea_owens on April 24, 2019, 07:14:28 AM »
I know I can write 3,000 words in an evening without too much stress... and yet I dither and don't. I've made a concerted effort to reach at least 2,000 words a day since April 8 when I started this new stand-alone action/adventure, but haven't made that average. Just below where I'm writing, under the notes for that chapter (which I copy over from my chapter outline so that I can stay on target with plot and don't let characters re-invent the plot as they go along), I put the word count for that day when I finish. I'll put it below. It makes an average of about 1650 words a day since I started.

If I could write more and dilly-dally less, I could make the target of 120,000 words by mid-June. It's difficult to avoid the negative self-talk, the negativity from people around, the anxiety, and everything else that sucks the energy out of writing... but I'm trying. So many books to write, so little focus. I can't get my head around dictation - and yet I have the sentences formed in my head as a voice whose words I type down. So, I plug away typing in Word because that's where I'm comfortable.

(edited to add - these are the CUMULATIVE totals -  Grin - not what I achieve each day.)
April 8, 0
April 9, 1952
April 11, 3925
April 12 5022
April 13 7175
April 14, 9113
April 15, 10,885
April 16, 12,461
April 17, 14,822
April 18, 16,486
April 20  18,009
April 21, 20,632
April 22, 22,783
April 23, 24,667
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Promotion Signup Desk [Public] / Re: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Permafree Group Promo
« Last post by C. Gockel on April 24, 2019, 06:57:16 AM »
My newsletter went out this morning.  Hopefully I used the correct tracking link.    :angel:

FYI: four or five of those tracked clicks are from me testing the link.

Good luck to everyone involved, and thanks again to C. Gockel for doing this.   :cheers

Thank you for the send and taking part!
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Promotion Signup Desk [Public] / Re: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Permafree Group Promo
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on April 24, 2019, 06:39:25 AM »
My newsletter went out this morning.  Hopefully I used the correct tracking link.    :angel:

FYI: four or five of those tracked clicks are from me testing the link.

Good luck to everyone involved, and thanks again to C. Gockel for doing this.   :cheers
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by Electric Dan on April 24, 2019, 05:12:28 AM »
Much better than me, Dan. Me and my dragon have managed about four paragraphs of dictation, but having to dictate so slowly, keeps the wordage from flowing. I've deleted every single word so far.

I can't do dictation at all.  I suppose it might be different if I didn't have a choice, but I just can't get used to talking to a computer, especially one that doesn't talk back.  It's bad enough talking to people; I'm supposed to talk to a machine?

I had voice command on my computer in the 90s.  It was cool for a day or two, but then it was like, yeah, I'm just gonna use the mouse.

I sometimes think if I had money--you know, like those writers in movies that always seem to be rich because their first book sold so well or whatever--I could have a personal assistant and dictate to them and they could type it all down.  But then I'd worry they'd be like judging you as you "wrote" and they'd be like, are you sure that's what you want to write? or, even if they didn't, I'd be wondering if they were and trying to interpret every little gesture to determine whether or not they thought what I was writing was any good and then I'd be so sidetracked by that or I'd end up second-guessing everything before I dictated it, that probably not very much would be written at all.

Stupid personal assistants.  Ugh.

You could try talking into a tape recorder and having someone (or maybe yourself) transcribe it later.  I did some transcription jobs back in the early 90s.  The client liked micro-cassettes, so it was good that I had purchased a micro-cassette player so I could listen to the tapes and transcribe them.  Was kind of time-consuming though, as I had to frequently back up the tape to either confirm or make out what was being said.  I don't know what I charged but it should have been more.  LOL.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: The BRITISH & IRISH Writers' Support Thread
« Last post by Fee on April 24, 2019, 04:55:08 AM »
Ah, I don't have Book Report and have no idea when this started. I just looked at the raw numbers so far until I get a chance to go through it in more detail. I wouldn't have known about it at all had you not posted - so thanks for the heads up. I'll post again if my numbers catch up - or if I have to resort to getting in touch with Amazon.

Here's hoping that it miraculously sorts itself out :)
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by Maggie Ann on April 24, 2019, 04:35:53 AM »
Much better than me, Dan. Me and my dragon have managed about four paragraphs of dictation, but having to dictate so slowly, keeps the wordage from flowing. I've deleted every single word so far.

I'll get there.
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