For the first time in a long while, I’ve managed to write two thousand words in the space of a day. While this is certainly good news around these parts, it comes with the somewhat sickening realisation that Giving Up Coffee is Working.

Interestingly, kicking the draft version of Claw into gear has involved sketching the bare bones of a scene – basically, getting the conflict and the final line down – then trusting that I’ll be able to come back and flesh things out once I’ve got the structure in place. This is a new and different territory so far as my process goes, and may well come back to bite me in a few thousand words time.
Current Writing Metrics

Consecutive Days Writing (500+ words): 2
New Short Stories Sent Into the Wild: 10/30
Rejections in 2010: 21/100
Claw Word Count (Finish Date: 15th November)

  2 comments for “Metrics!

  1. 04/10/2010 at 3:04 AM

    This is great news, Peter – but I'm curious – what prompted you to give up and coffee? Why do you think you are getting more writing done because of it?

    Happy writing ♥

  2. 04/10/2010 at 3:13 AM

    Apologies, Peter – you don't need to answer this. I have just realised in my crazy last few weeks I missed a post. The post where you've explained it all.

    Yes, I too, cut back to one coffee a day. I have however increased it, to two per day. I've given up Latte's pretty much and have long blacks when out now and just enjoy it for the taste of coffee.

    It has not had an impact on my insomnia though but has improved my digestion which is probably more to do with giving up the milk (lactose intolerant) I also gave up milk for six weeks two years ago when travelling through Egypt. And drank up to two black coffees per day – still no effect on my insomnia.

    I figure my insomnia is probably more to do with hormones than caffeine since it began about ten years ago and doesn't look like it's going away anytime soon…

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