A little over a month ago, I asked a question about how to publicly report my progress on my writing projects. I’ve been thinking a lot about that question in the months since. And I’ve been thinking a lot about a companion question: what’s the best way to keep track of all that writing I’m (apparently not) doing?
In particular, I was interested in a specific, vexing problem: I’m a “planner”, these days. So everything that I’ve been writing has been background. I haven’t actually written anything that counts toward my presumed goal of, say, 125,000 words for my novel. (The approximately 1,200 words towards my short story’s goal of 6,000 was something I’d written earlier.) How do I keep track of that?
A few of my readers may have happened across David Sharp’s (of “A Wee Adventure“) “Novel Biographer“, an excel spreadsheet built to track your wordcount progress when writing a novel. It’s a well-designed little tool for tracking stuff like that.
That tool was a pretty inspired idea, I thought, but it didn’t fully meet my personal needs. I needed something a little more flexible. I needed something that accounted for the fact that I’m a “Planner” who writes a lot of background notes before embarking on the novel itself. I needed something that would allow me to track multiple writing projects of different types quickly and easily. Continue reading