5,000 Words a Day With Ray
One lesson I learned at last week's Worldcon: the most successful authors (like Brandon Sanderson, Kevin J. Anderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Scott Lynch, George R.R. Martin, and Eric Flint, to name just a few who were present) know their writing is a job.
Kevin J. Anderson impressed me – the guy has written 125 books, 51 of which have appeared on national or international bestseller lists; he has over 23 million copies in print in thirty languages. He has won or been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, the SFX Reader’s Choice Award, and New York Times Notable Book…. and shows up for work every day with a goal. A number of words he will write that day.
I'm now writing at least 5,000 words a day. To keep myself accountable, I've placed a widget with the day's word count in the sidebar. It's just a text widget, which I have to update manually each day. I'd love something that shows a neat little graph of: my total daily wordcount, wordcount on each project, and a progress bar for each… but I haven't found anything yet. If you have any suggestions, please post them in the comments below. Thanks. Now… I gotta go write somethin'.