Being the good writer- a brief word

As I sat down to write this week (and knocked out a spooky short story draft in one week- my fastest work yet!), it occurred in my teacher brain that if I had a few self-motivating accountability measures in place, it might help me maintain focus and achieve my long-term writing goals. A similar practice has been incredibly beneficial in my classroom, where I require students to log their progress in their independent work each week so they can see whether or not they are remaining on track to course completion (and thus graduation!).

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Can we all just take a moment and give a big shout-out to Google and their ever-expanding digital tools that simply life beautifully?

To Google Spreadsheets I went (and to my husband, whose spreadsheeting skills are far superior to mine). With a little tweaking needed as I figure out how to weigh researching and revising time fairly, I now have my accountability graph!

That shared, although this is counting toward my word count on the above graph, I must turn my attention to the next short story that’s been cooking in this brain of mine all day. I hope the accountability graph suggestion is helpful- and if you have suggestions on how to track productivity in revisions and research, I am all ears!

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