Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a very structured person. I like to plot out my story, character sketches and GMC ahead of time. So for me it’s very important to keep some measure of how much writing I do. Those of you who are super-creative and gag at the thought of plotting ahead of time will probably run away from this post, and that’s okay. We all have our methods.
There are many different ways in which a writer can keep track of how much they write a day, some of them being:
- Word Count
- Page Count
I, being an obsessive weirdo, keep track of all of these. Below is part of my Excel spreadsheet:
WORD COUNT SPREADSHEET – DEMON CHARMED – JANUARY 2011
At the top of my spreadsheet I record the manuscript name, month and my daily writing goals. The goals are there to slap me in the face every time I think I’ve done enough writing for the day. No matter what I ‘feel’ like, I know I haven’t done enough if I haven’t met my goal. If I don’t meet my goal for the day, I know I’ll have to make it up sometime within the next week.
I start out every writing day with the beginning word and page count. At the end of the day I insert my ending word and page count, then record the total number of words and pages done that day. I also like to know how long it takes me to get there, so I’ll monitor and record my time as I write.
So how about you? Do you have a method for keeping track of your writing? I’m curious if anyone is using a method other than word count, page count or time. (Maybe you write a certain number of scenes per day?)