Measuring Writing Output

Words are to writers as clay is to sculptors. (Old Jungle Saying)

  Each morning I wrestle with my computer for a minimum of ten minutes and attempt to crank out some words.

  Flowstate is brilliant for hosting this event because it will not tolerate laziness and a result is certain. Any break in typing for more than a few seconds results in the total destruction of the entire document, with no chance of recovery. This threat alone is enough to keep me clacking away furiously.

  I have devised a workflow to track and report these daily dances. While the words written this way are invariably terrible, the point is that they have been written, and with the bad ones out of the way, the good ones can shyly approach.

  I want to reward myself for actually getting into the chair and doing some work. So I am setting up an easily repeatable way to track my output and thus be inspired to do more.

  With this approach completed, my daily routine can become more powerful over time, until I am steamrolling through many thousands of words per day like a crazed cassowary sniffing out ripe pineapples.

  This experiment ran for one week and you can see the results here.

If you are interested in the code, you can find it here.

What is an Experimental Artist?

  An Experimental Artist creates works of art and uses them to defeat demons of two types; external demons who manifest in the world as forces such as Greed, Passivity, Cruelty and Ignorance; and internal demons which exist within the mind of the Experimental Artist himself, manifesting as varied and powerful forms including Fear, Guilt, and Distraction.

  An Experimental Artist combines a wizard’s love of science, facts and calculation with a bard’s emotional intuition and desire to entertain and educate. She describes her approach as ‘experimental’ because she chooses to work in combinations that feel new, and the act of creation often includes the trappings of scientific method, including the results of each experiment being meticulously captured, analysed and shared.

  Experimental Artists are not motivated by fame or wealth. They realise deeply that the first to explore are rarely the first to be recognised. They are motivated by money so far as it is required to deal with practicalities such as food, lodgings, and materials to conduct experiments. They desire the inner sense of satisfaction felt when crafting something that brings them and their loved ones joy, and seek approval and feedback from a small group of close friends and allies.


Experimental Artists are hardworking and pick up new skills quickly.


If an Experimental Artist does not keep creating art they will become affected by self doubt.




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