Checking On Your Progress

We’re already a fourth of the way through 2012. Yes, already.

Have you been keeping up with your resolutions to write this year?

While the publishing industry continues to figure out what to do with the amazing rise and popularity of self-published e-books, let’s hope that you are ignoring the commotion and continuing to build your platform and engage with your audience, as you write your book.

If you began at the end of last year or at the beginning of this, you should already have begun to put together a good chunk of what you will publish in book form (whether for a traditional publisher or through self-publishing).

In any event, this might be a good time to check on your progress. You probably gave yourself a schedule. Schedules are good for writers, even if they’re self-imposed. This way you know that you are working toward a deadline.

If you’ve given yourself a schedule of, say, six months to complete a book, then you should probably also have a schedule that’s broken down into days and weeks. For example, you might set yourself this schedule:

  • Two blog posts a week, or
  • At least 350 words a day, or
  • A total of 2,500 words a week

Whatever works for you will do it, but you should try to keep to that schedule, because you will not only record your progress, you will soon become accustomed to working on schedule. Most writers keep schedules. It can range from what Graham Greene did – 500 words a day – to Anthony Trollope – 2,500 words a day. Or whatever you feel will be achievable for you.

You don’t want to overwhelm yourself with an insurmountable challenge of too many words. Neither do you want to stretch out your project and give yourself, say, 50.

Make it reasonable – but make it.

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2 Responses to “Checking On Your Progress”

  1. Aldous Irving Jimenez-Echegoye March 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Thanks for the reminder Bob.  I’m still trying.

  2. Anonymous March 23, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    I’m very proud to say I’ve kept up with my writing goals for the year–and then some actually. I planned to set myself up for success, block time off in my calendar and make an appointment with my keyboard. So far, very good!

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