I didn’t participate in NaNoWriMo mainly because of the Honesdale Workshop, but I wanted to get into the NaNo spirit, so I devised an Excel file to keep track of my writing-related activities. It has columns to note what I did (revising, planning, critiquing) and which manuscript and chapters I worked on. It also has a column for distractions and excuses.
This turned out to be a great idea. When I’m writing a first draft, I can look back at the number of words or pages I’ve written and feel like I accomplished something, but it can be hard to quantify progress when revising. The Excel file lets me see in a glance that I did quite a bit of work this month.
Yep, I plan to keep an Excel file in December too.
May. 22, 2013: The Writer's Almanac
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