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Fact-Track Your Writing: Tricks of Tracking #4


While journalism, done correctly, requires facts, facts may seem secondary in poetry, playwriting and fiction. But when it comes to tracking your writing, all genres are equal: you must focus on facts. Detective Joe Friday knew how to track: Focus on facts. When you track your writing progress, keep your attention on two facts: “This […]

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Track Your Way Out of Writer’s Block: Tricks of Tracking #3


The old saying “Ready, set, go!” won’t work for writers who want to track their way out of resistance and into satisfaction and success. Instead, you need to Set your intentions, Ready the resources and Go track yourself. Set Your Intentions! They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but the road […]

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Tricks of Tracking: KISS


The second trick of tracking for writing success is KISS: Keep It Simple and Seen. The system you use for tracking needs to be simple, quick, easy to use and readily accessible. It could be a chart with gold stars on your office wall, a legal pad on your desk, a Moleskine notebook in your […]

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Set, Ready, Go! More Tricks of Tracking Your Writing


The old saying “Ready, set, go!” is the wrong order for writers who want to track their way out of resistance and into satisfaction and success. You need to Set (your intentions), Ready (the resources) and Go (track yourself). Set Your Intentions! They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but the […]

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Tricks of Tracking #4: Focus on Facts


Detective Joe Friday knew how to track: Focus on facts. When you track Process, Self-Care and Product Time, keep your attention on two facts: “This is what I said I’d do. This is what I did.” One of the benefits of tracking is that the feedback allows you to recognize changes in your patterns and […]

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Tricks of Tracking #3: Set, Ready, Go!


Your tracking system should highlight two questions: “What will I do?” (as you set your intention) and “What did I do?” (after you go into action). Even though your tracking system may not highlight it, the “ready” between the “set” and the “go” is equally important. Set Yourself! At the beginning of the week, set […]

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Tricks of Tracking Christmas Eve Edition: Know What You’re Looking For


Here’s what we’re looking for today. Typically found on rooftops (click, click, click). When found on lawns, they are often accompanied by “such a clatter” that neighbors report they “sprang from their beds to see what was the matter.” Those who find these elusive tracks won’t necessarily receive everything they’ve asked for, but they may […]

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Tricks of Tracking #2: KISS


The second trick of tracking is KISS: Keep It Simple and Seen. The system you use for tracking needs to be simple, quick, easy to use and readily accessible. It could be a chart with gold stars on your office wall, a legal pad on your desk, a Moleskine notebook in your pocket (which admittedly […]

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