Is it really only one month since Camp NaNoWriMo? Wow. It feels like at least three.
Some of you may have noticed that at the beginning of this month, I posted a link about my friend Gahlearner’s Project 10K challenge over on Flights of Fancy. The challenge is to write or edit at least 10,000 words a month. If you succeed, you get to put the badge on your blog, like the one above. Pretty!
So cutting to the chase, yes, I got my 10K this month. Hooray! I wasn’t sure whether to get the writing (P10KW) or the editing (P10KE) badge, because I did a combination of both, but I suppose it doesn’t matter much.
I’m hoping to keep up the P10K challenge all the way through to November. I won’t be posting about it every month, but please do check out the bottom of my home page to see if I’ve done it. See, if you go look and notice that I’ve pledged to do this but I haven’t, I’ll be embarrassed, and fear of humiliation is practically the only thing that motivates me some days. So GO LOOK. Keep me honest!
This is the first time that I’ve really kept track of my writing. During both NaNo months, I wrote all my NaNo text in a separate Word file (and merged it in with the novel outline later), so the word count is easy to keep track of. But I can’t do that every month. Now that I’m writing and editing chapters in situ, as well as short stories, I need a new plan. It wasn’t as difficult to keep track of my writing as I somehow feared it would be. This is what my spreadsheet looks like:
When I’m writing from scratch, that’s easy to count. For editing, I enter the word count for that chapter before I start revising, then check it when I’m done and use whichever number is higher. Then I decide how much of it to count. For instance, when I first edited the Mother Calla chapter, I decided it was “minor” and gave myself half credit for it. But then I ended up not bringing that chapter to writers group that week after all, and editing it once more before I did. That time I gave myself a little credit, but not much, because I didn’t change so many words. However, for the short story The Vow, I made a lot of revisions and added a fair amount of text, so I gave myself full word count credit that time. It’s an inexact measure, but I think it will work for me.
I’m curious: do any of you keep track of your writing progress? How do you do it? How do you count time spent on revisions? Do you have writing goals for each month, and are they phrased as number of words written/edited or as particular projects of parts of projects to complete?
This whole idea of setting writing goals and keeping track is still pretty new to me. But so far fun, and that’s the important part.
If you’d like a little push every month, Project 10K is open to all — come join us!
Happy writing to all my friends out in blogland!