Dividing Projects

As mentioned last week, I managed to succeed in CampNaNoWriMo. I know-I know-I know, I keep going on about this. But honestly, for some reason, this month really taught me a lot.

I’ve always enjoyed the competition, so to speak, with myself, in trying to reach that word count goal. However, I find it’s easy to get stuck. Having a bunch of different projects that I wanted to get so far in, or to wrap up entirely in a month really helped me out. Once I had my list made, it was easy to divide up my time. What’s more, it was fun ticking things off my list. Then it gave me a word count to aim for as a whole.

I know, this is sounding like regurgitated information from the post at the beginning of the month, but I do rather think it’s worth regurgitating.

I actually think I’ll take into practice what I did for the month of July and try to apply it to every month. Part of that will be tracking my projects each month, how many words I write in a day and so on. Most of the time, when I do NaNoWriMo, I’m only recording the words that I’ve worked on for one project. I always manage to get to 50,000, but just not of the one project. I work on other things, including my blog. I think that if I look at how many words I’m writing for each thing I’m working on, then I’ll feel better about how much I’m writing.

That being said, even this month I’ve written more than I’ve recorded that I’ve written. For one thing, I’m not including journaling to myself, which is all hand-written. I’m also not including the expansion I’m doing with my novel. I’m going through and adding detail and expanding scenes to make them clearer, as well re-writing the ending. Because I have a novel which, in the last draft was hovering around 54k words, it’s difficult to keep track of how many I’ve increased vs. scenes or paragraphs or sections I’ve deleted. Perhaps during those times I should look at the time spent writing as well?

I’ll let you know how it goes.

What do you like to do to keep track of your goals? Are you good at sticking to them? What kinds of regular goals to do you set yourself?


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