So last night, I got to catch up with my friend, Amanda Rutter. It’s been a while since we’ve seen each other so we had a lot of catching up to do. It was also an excellent excuse for All You Can Eat Chinese. Like I need an excuse!
Amanda was the editor for the Strange Chemistry Imprint and now does freelance editing. She knows her stuff, and if you’re after a book editor, I’d really recommend her services.
One of the things we talked about was My Year of Hard Work. I told her about all the things I was doing, both things I’ve announced here and all the unannounced stuff. We talked productivity and how I’m able to do all the things I’ve done so far this year by working smarter rather than harder. And this brought us onto a subject of mutual common interest: editing.
You see, I have really good processes for writing. It’s what’s allowed me to write a ridiculous number of words so far this year without pushing myself. At the core of that is metrics. I wrote a little about metrics back in a Fantasy Faction article last year but I’m making a real point of logging all my writing so I can track not only progress but productivity as well.
February hasn’t been such a great month for word count. And by great, that’s by my current standards. But it’s OK, it’s not a race, and besides, I’ve been doing a lot of editing. I’m still on course for well over a million words written this year (note: my target is 500,000).
My problem is that I need to capture this editing time. If I’m to become more proficient at editing, I need to first understand what I’m doing currently.
Speaking to Amanda, I think we worked out some basic metrics. My plan is to take this away and start using it to get some sample data. This is actually very exciting and whilst I’m sure it will need plenty of fine tuning along the way, this is the first step in putting together a process for editing.
I’m hoping by the end of the year I’ll have a pretty good process down. Being only February, it not only gives me plenty of time to try a few things , but means I’ll have a lot of decent data to work with.