One of the challenges of a writer is to track what he had write or not. In the perfect world, I wake up every morning and write for seven to eight hours of super productive and full attention. If I would be able to do that seven days a week this post most likely would have never come up; but that reality at least for me is that is not, if I don’t track my progress, life can get in the middle, and my writing to the side, faster than what I am ready to admit it, here o in private.
In January, the first month that I officially and with order begin tracking my writings I was happy with the number, I average over 1300 words per day, not incredible, but not bad, the problem is I was unhappy.
Took me some reflection to understand why I was unhappy with the number, well you see I am a fiction Writer, if I write 50,000 words of fiction I will be trill, if I write 0 I am not happy. I discover that the number I was seeing, regardless of how good may look, was mostly non fiction stuff, and wasn’t help me to get to the goal of wrote fiction, wasn’t putting me any closer.
In February therefore I begin tracking both, total words written and total fiction. The great thing with that was that I was able to push myself to write mor fiction, because I was seeing the numbers, and I could compare my writing that create distraction and the one that I am prying to accomplish.
In march I repeated the exercise, and even tough I had been unhappy in general with the amount of words, I can say, that I am happy with the tracking part, I am happy to be able to see that I am or not focusing enough in my fiction writing.
What are you trying to accomplish? Are you sure that keg measure you are using is good enough, if you are measuring the wrong factors, is hard to obtain the correct results.
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