WordKeeperAlpha

How do you get a book done?  You write.  You write and you write and you write.  Then, for some variety, you edit before you start writing again.  You need to write every day and make that a habit.  I have not made that a habit and because of that, my books remain unfinished and thus unread.  Sure, I’ll write a day here and a day there, but I’m not very consistent.  I wondered if perhaps there existed a tool that could help me measure how I was doing, and encourage me to do better, write more.  Can I make it a little more like a game, setting a solid goal to hit?  After much Googling I could find only the most basic of tools for what I was looking for.  The absolute best example I found was the graph on the NaNoWriMo.org’s website, but that’s only available during November.  I needed something that would give me those metrics and that nice graph of how I was doing all year long.  Thankfully, I have a completely separate skill set, one that actually pays my real life bills, that of genius, web developer extraordinaire!  Ok… maybe that’s way overstated, but I do make my living slinging code instead of words.  I knew that if the toolset that I wanted didn’t exist that I could make it.  And so I set forth creating WordKeeperAlpha.

I set to work and within a couple months had a working, if ugly, version that fulfilled the very basic functions that I’d envisioned.  It’s live right now and free to use at http://wordkeeperalpha.com.  I’ll warn you, it has problems and I’ve never been happy with it.  But it worked and, damn it, I had my own writing to do.  Still, there was more to do, so I’ve been steadily working on an entirely redesigned and recoded site that would be much closer to what I originally had in mind.

WKA 2.0 is well underway and if you would like a sneak peak of the early development you can take a look here.  Below are some quick screen shots of of what I’m working on right now.  2.0 is still a ways off, as it will have many more of the features that I had in mind for 1.0.  The graphing not only works, but is worlds better than my first attempt; thanks in no small part to Highcharts wonderful library.  I’m currently still working on the main page, but it has more functionality than the entire previous version had.  My next goals are the ‘Goals’ page and the ‘Project’ page, to be followed with a public page for users to show off their progress.  Stay tuned here for updates.

WordKeeperAlpha Update

WordKeeperAlpha Update

Heya Keepers, it’s been a while since I’ve put out an actual update of what’s going on over at WordKeeperAlpha so I thought I’d let everyone know what I’ve been up to recently. A week or two ago I published the latest update to WKA that enabled the new Projects page that I’ve been working(…)

WordKeeperAlpha Update

I’ve been promising an update on WordKeeperAlpha for a while now. While I haven’t provided that update, I have been working on it. My project for a while now has been updating the Projects and Goals page, which currently shoves them all into the same page. What I’ve been working on is breaking them out(…)

WordKeeperAlpha Status Update

WordKeeperAlpha Status Update

Hoping that everyone is enjoying a good start to their summer. The weather is perfect here in my undisclosed location and I’m seriously considering writing outside. Or I would be if this world weren’t orbiting a ball of fire, ever burning in the sky and raining down filthy, cancer bearing sunlight. You might be different(…)

Where I will make exactly one resolution

Where I will make exactly one resolution

I don’t have anything against New Year’s resolutions. I really don’t. The only one I can remember making last year was to write more than I did the year before. In that I succeeded. I had other goals: such as finishing Impervious and getting more done on WordKeeperAlpha. Well, I didn’t finish Impervious. I didn’t(…)

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