This is a bit of a regurgitation of my posts from the past month or two, but here I will explain how to stay accountable while you write.
- Track the number of words you write each day: Tracking time is nice, but honestly, writing output is ultimately determined by the number of words one churns out. I use a note to document my total words for my fiction writing Part, daily.
- Allocate sufficient time to get your daily word goal done each day, including breaks and random life incidences: For example, I take 4 hours to do 2,000 words. So I need at least 4 hours or preferably 4.5 hours whenever I want to get 2k words done. If you can do more on Mondays, maybe plan more hours then. If you want a break day, just schedule extra work on another day, things like that.
- Check in on word count periodically: I personally check every 30 or 60 minutes to see if I am doing at least 500 words each hour, and see if I am ahead or behind for my goal.
I know this sounds a bit boring or bland, but this all enables faster and more consistent writing production. 1k words a day means 30k words a month which means a full book or 90k words in 3 months. That’s pretty fast, even for professional authors!
It may actually end up being 4 or 5 months between books, to account for editing and life-happens circumstances. Still, this can be a helpful framework or system to follow. It’s all about measuring and monitoring.