I’m on fire!
In a good way. How do I know, other than that uncomfortable burning sens… wait…wrong fire. (I’ll save that for TMI Tuesday.)
OK… how do I know? Because…SPREADSHEETS!
The first few days aren’t accurate (I actually started on May 2) but the ap I was using to keep track of my wordcount turned out to not work the way I wanted it to so I gave in and created a new worksheet in the Excel workbook I use for my Kingdom Come series. My ROW80 goals are usually thus:
- 500 words in a day isn’t great, but at least it’s something
- 1000 words a day is acceptable
- 2000 words a day is good
Notice those three days with few or no words? I was working on a submission package that required a query, a synopsis, and a brief explanation of my series plan. I also researched which editor at the publishing house to address the query to.
In other words, I’ve been very productive this week!
So productive I forgot to write this weekly update last Tuesday. Or Wednesday. Ah, well, you’re getting it Thursday this week.
Now, about that ap…
During NaNoWriMo authors have a lovely little word count icon that lets us update our wordcount daily. I can update it a hundred times a day if I want, but it will break it into days for me when all is said and done. This tool has a lovely goal line that instantly shows us whether we’re ahead or behind of achieving 50,000 words in a month. I’ve seen similar things on other writers’ websites.
Yet, when I went in search of such a widget to put on my blog, or even an ap to use on my phone, I was frustrated. I did eventually find a phone ap, but half time time my phone is in my purse, nowhere near my desk.
The advice I kept hearing was ‘just use a spreadsheet!’ yet I resisted. It wasn’t lack of know-how; I taught Excel up until last year. (I quit to concentrate on my writing career.) A spreadsheet wasn’t what I wanted… I wanted a widget, gosh darn it!
As I said, I gave in. It’s not difficult to take either the wordcount chart or the wordcount graph, turn it into a jpg, and add it to a blog post. It isn’t the widget I wanted, but it works. I find it very encouraging to look back and say “Four thousand words? Two days in a row? Wow!”