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Even If You Don’t Write Everyday, You Need to Track Everyday


Even if you’re doing NaNoWriMo, you don’t have to write every day. But, NaNo or not, you need to track your writing progress everyday. Even the days you don’t show up. Especially the days you don’t show up. Note to NaNoWriMo writers: I know the suggestion that you don’t have to write 1,667 words every […]

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Writing Students Score Success with Stars (and Other Tricks to Track Your Writing)


Last year, I took a risk with students in my Writing Habit class. I gave them a simple table to track what they do for Process, Product Time and Self-care (the three habits that are the bedrock of this class and my own writing practice). Here’s the risky part: I also gave them a sheet […]

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You Don’t Have to Write Everyday, But You Do Have to Track Everyday


Do you track what you do for your writing projects? If you do, that’s great! But it’s even more important to track what you don’t do! You need to track your writing progress even on the days you don’t show up. Especially on the days you don’t show up. If you track only the days […]

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Avoid the Trap of Unrecognized Writing Resistance: Tricks of Tracking #1


If you’re surprised by how long it’s been since you spent time with your writing, you’ve fallen into the trap of unrecognized resistance. It’s an easy trap to fall into – you don’t write for a day or two, so you don’t track your writing for those days. Two days stretch into three or four […]

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Track Your Way Past Writer’s Block to Writing Success


Writing habits trump resistance. If you want to make it easier to write and write regularly, you need writing habits. (I suggest regularly showing up for short sessions of Process, Product Time and Self-care as the basic habits every writer should give her/himself.) To create or improve your writing habits (or to change any other […]

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Track Your Product Time


Every week, I track what I intend to do during my Product Time during the week. Every weekday, I record what I actually do. Tracking my Product Time gives me a sense of accomplishment and reminds me to give myself small, regular rewards to keep myself motivated. Tracking also alerts me if there’s a significant difference between what […]

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