Im going to be truthful. When I first started writing, I thought keeping an eye on my writing development was ludicrous. How lots of words I wrote in a day or how often I composed depended on my mood and whether that evasive muse showed up. Besides, squandering time tracking and examining just how much I d composed throughout a week looked like just another method to procrastinate and not get any composing done at all.
How much are you composing? Its time to track your composing progress.
I dont say this often, so listen up:
I was incorrect.
Writers require to track their composing progress, duration. Its that easy. Keep reading for why and how to get tracking today.
3 Reasons Why You Should Track Your Writing Progress
I truly regretted it.
Tracking your practices, exercise, food, goals, actions, and almost whatever in your life has been a pattern for quite a while now. You might be rolling your eyes at this article, saying “Wow, yet another thing Im supposed to track. Provide me a break!”
I hear you. Personally, keeping up with any sort of consistency in my life is rough. I recently tried a brand-new diet plan (COVID fifteen, anybody?) and was tracking my food. I made it through a couple of weeks prior to the absence of time to prepare, the availability of specific foods (COVID once again), and simply plain disappointment got in my method. So I stopped tracking.
Still not convinced? Heres why you need to track your writing:
1. Youll lose momentum without tracking your development.
Without that composed diary listing my food and exercise, I practically right away went back to my old methods. It took less than a week for me to feel dreadful, both physically and mentally.
The very same thing occurs with my writing. I think Ill compose eventually during the week. I think if I miss out on a day, Ill just make it up later on with a longer writing session.
I believed tracking my food wasnt a big offer. I believed I could simply make excellent choices and not stress about writing everything down.
Spoiler alert: that does not work. I invested years trying to make that mindset into truth with no success whatsoever.
The essential to writing is momentum. And the secret to momentum is routine. We have a lots of posts on how to get one of those going, but my favorite is this one.
The essential to composing is momentum. And the key to momentum is routine. Whats your writing regimen?
Yeah … that didnt work.
2. When your next book is coming, you (and your publisher) need to understand.
Answer this question: How long does it take you to write a book?
You really need to know the response to this question as a writer. Whether you self-publish or generally publish, youll require to understand (or your agent/publisher/editor will need to know) when you can anticipate that next draft, and more significantly, when you can anticipate that book to strike the racks.
Is your answer that it depends upon whats going on in your life? Thats not going to fly.
Dont know the response? Thats most likely since you dont track your writing progress in any way.
How are you supposed to understand any of that if you dont track your writing progress?
3. How much you wrote isnt all you require to know.
If I have a low performance week, I need to know why I wasnt efficient. Similar to any other task, if Im having a hard time to make an objective or task happen, I require to repair the problem.
The very same goes for an efficient week. Did I simply have a lull in other duties?
Was I simply being lazy and not getting out of bed early enough to fit everything in my day? (By the method, getting up early is the number one advised method to fit writing into your busy life.
The “why” is simply as crucial as the “how much.”.
4 Steps to Track Your Writing Progress.
Now that youre persuaded you require to track your writing (you are convinced, ideal?), lets get down to how to track your writing development.
1. Select your writing tracker (practically anything will work).
Discover The Write Planner.
I love them so much that I purchase my planner for the following year prior to October of every year. I actually want to gush more about planners and how I use them, however Ill refrain because I know y all believe Im a geek right now.
An organizer is right there in front of me where I can skim quickly. If I struck them, I can fill in my goals quickly and put a little check mark. (Its geek enjoyable to skim and see all the check marks!).
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A lot of writers utilize software to track their composing development. A spreadsheet will do, where you simply record the date and time of your composing session and how many words you composed.
Part of the reason I love planners is I like to use them as a tracker for my composing development. (Im very much a visual individual and need to see things in front of me to stay determined.).
Get the organizer you require to prepare your writing by the week and the day, track your composing development, and write your way to a finished book.
I require a bit more. Doing something writing-related does not count as really composing.).
2. Prepare for the week ahead.
For many of us, each day. I have a dentist appointment tomorrow early morning during the time I generally compose.
This is yet another factor I choose coordinators to spreadsheets or time tracker apps: I like to prepare my writing sessions based upon whats on the docket for the week.
Its that type of thing that can keep you on track and keep you progressing. Do not be the person who states, “Well, I didnt have time to write last week. I had a dental professional consultation, you understand, and it just screwed up my entire week.”.
3. Reflect and examine.
I understand you probably squeezed in a composing session and desire to run off to the next thing. Just a fast note will do. You dont require to compose a whole diary entry (nor do I suggest it).
I d likewise recommend taking time out to reflect and analyze your composing progress at the end of each week. What are your writing goals for next week?
Plus, take a look at all you wrote that week! You rock!
4. Repair the issues. Keep whats working.
Keep in mind the whole point of tracking is to see whats working, fix whats not, and provide you a quote of your performance level. Its not just for funsies.
If you eliminated it on the word count one week, determine why and ensure you attempt to keep that going. Got enough sleep? Good. Get the same quantity next week. Partner took the kids outside for half an hour to offer you some peaceful time? Bless them and ask them to keep it up.
If you werent going to fix the problems, there d be no point in the analysis. If you generally compose at night, however youre having difficulty staying awake, then youve got to move your writing time. If you think you can get it done during your lunch break, however your colleagues keep trying to talk to you, then thats not going to work.
What Works For You?
What this whole post boils down to is this: track your composing development so you can find what works for you.
A coordinator, a tracker app, or composing on your wall. Morning, noon, midnight. Music shrieking at a café or dead silence in the middle of the woods. No matter how or where you write or how you track your progress, its all about determining what works best for you and your process.
Choose a method to get and track to experimenting!
Do you track your composing progress? How? Let me know in the comments!
Set a timer for fifteen minutes and plan out next weeks writing. Set your writing schedule and your objectives.
Sarah Gribble is the author of lots of narratives that explore unpleasant circumstances, basic fears, and the general wonder and fascination of the unidentified. She simply released.
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When youre done, share your plan in the comments. Lets provide each other some support! If you come back in a week and give us your weekly writing reflection, perk!
When I first began composing, I believed keeping track of my writing development was outrageous. How numerous words I wrote in a day or how often I composed depended on my state of mind and whether that evasive muse showed up. Wasting time tracking and analyzing how much I d written throughout a week appeared like simply another way to procrastinate and not get any writing done at all.
A spreadsheet will do, where you simply record the date and time of your composing session and how lots of words you composed. If you typically compose at night, but youre having difficulty remaining awake, then youve got to move your writing time.