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Creativity coach, writing and creative process instructor, speaker, author of Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Write the Way You Want (Penguin/Tarcher 2012) and Dancing in the Dragon's Den (Red Wheel Weiser), Teaching Artist at the Loft Literary Center.

Regular Writing Isn’t Enough — You Need to KNOW You’re Making Progress

It isn’t enough to make progress on your writing; you need to KNOW you’re making progress.

Check out the short Pinkcast 3.12 video below to learn how seeing your progress motivates, rewards and increases your ability to make more progress.

Be sure to come back (use your browser’s back button) to read more about a quick, easy and effective way to track and maintain your writing progress.

And keep coming back — for the next five weeks while I’m recovering from knee surgery, I’ve scheduled a weekly post on how to reap the full benefits of tracking your writing.

If you want face-to-face support from me and new writing allies, I’m coming out of semi-retirement to teach The Writing Habit at the Loft, starting October 30, 2019. I’m adding a new accountability and tracking tool to the class, something I learned recovering from my first knee surgery (more about this after the Pinkcast video).

Pinkcast 3.12. This is how to make progress every day.

Quick, Easy and Effective Tracking

I encourage you to try a quick, easy and effective way to motivate and track your writing progress the way students in the Writing Habit class will: enlist a text-accountability buddy.

In June, my friend Mike and I became exercise accountability buddies after we both had knee surgery. We’re still texting, still doing exercises essential to our recovery. Since we both had multiple sessions per day, we had multiple times to acknowledge our progress, e.g. “Completed morning exercises and I’m icing now.”

Mike and I often, but not always, included encouragement with emojis ( Party Popper on Apple iOS 13.1 Thumbs Up on Apple iOS 13.1) and phrases (Way to go, Good job). Multiple quick texts throughout the day reminded us that our buddy was making the kind of progress we wanted to make, too.

Best of all, Mike and I had occasional exchanges like this:

You and a writing accountability buddy can keep your writing progressing with the same kind of motivation, acknowledgement and celebration. More about the power of enlisting a writing buddy.

Read more about how tracking will keep your writing moving in upcoming posts.


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2 Comments on “Regular Writing Isn’t Enough — You Need to KNOW You’re Making Progress”

  1. kperrymn October 10, 2019 at 10:24 am #

    Woohoo! Rosanne, I am thrilled to see this update on tracking progress and to know that you will be offering your class at the Loft this fall. And I hope your recovery continues to go well.


    • rosannebane October 14, 2019 at 3:07 pm #

      Thanks Katy! I’m looking forward to being at the Open Book this fall.


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