Do you track your progress as a writer? I’ve learned this month that it is so helpful to keep track of word count and time spent writing. Having something tangible to show that you are making progress can make a huge difference in staying motivated to write.
If you don’t keep track of your writing it’s hard to see the progress you are making and that can make it hard to keep writing. When you can see the fruit of your labors, even if it’s small progress day by day, you know you are on the right track and that can be so encouraging.
Whatever your system, make sure you have a way to track your progress. I’m a fan of tracking word count AND time spent. Tracking word count is great when writing a first draft. But during revision, I regularly have days where I delete more words than I add. Or near the end of the revision process I might find myself spending an hour fine-tuning a scene without adding many words. This is when I find it most useful to also track how much time I spend writing.
And that was my biggest takeaway this month.
May 2019 Writing Report
Summary of My Month
This month, I was very persistent in writing down my word count. I used my calendar to write my daily word count and I continued to track my time. I definitely forgot to track my words or clock my time a few days, but I did better than I have other months. Progress!
I wrote 1,655 words and spent close to 3 hours writing. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but last month I was only able to write for an hour. So I’m definitely working on writing more and more. With everything else going on in my life, I tend to spend 15 minutes a day writing. I hope to get to the point where I can spend an hour or two each day, but right now, that just isn’t realistic.
I’m really proud with how much I wrote, but I did struggle this month with losing a draft of my novel. Luckily I have another draft saved so I don’t think I lost too much, if anything. It might be a previous version, but I didn’t make too many changes from this draft.
I almost doubled my word count from last month and tripled the amount of time I spent writing. This is huge for me. I love finding success in the small things. It was also a really good month for me as far as writing consistently goes. I rarely missed a day. It’s exciting to have such a good month and really see some progress. My first chapter is really taking shape and I’ve moved on to chapter 2.
Thoughts and Goals
I’m going on vacation this month and I feel like I’m rapidly approaching my due date for my second pregnancy, so I don’t know how much I’ll be able to write in the coming months. Life is pretty busy getting ready for a new baby. But I want to continue writing regularly. I’d also love to finish revising chapter 2 and move on to chapter 3.
However, knowing things are going to be so busy, my biggest goals is going to be finding success in what I do accomplish. Being proud of myself for not quitting altogether just because life is busy. I’m going to find a balance between life and writing.
What will you achieve this month?