I still continue to track and measure my writing progress on a monthly basis.
I do this to stay accountable to my writing and to improve my writing craft.
As they say, you can only track what you measure.
And what you measure, you can improve.
So scribbling down my word counts at the end of the day helps me to stay accountable to myself and to honour my writing commitments.
It also helps me to show where I am spending my time and whether I am investing my time appropriately or wasting it on activities that don’t add value at this stage of the writing journey.
How many words did I write this month?
This month I wrote 12,039 words which was double the amount I wrote last month (6,000 words).
How and why did I write more this month compared to last month?
I re-committed to write 500 words a day in the mornings before I did any other work. Last month I also found it difficult to motivate myself to write (due to self-doubt, fear and lack of focus).
But what I find is that writing daily helps me to come up with ideas and makes writing easier.
Whereas at the beginning of this writing journey it took me over an hour to write 150 words, I can now average almost 800 words per 30 minutes.
This has only happened because I have put in over 240 days of (almost) daily action. Some days I have great writing sessions where I can write over 2000 words. Other days I can only manage 200 words. And even then I find it so difficult to just write those words.
But that doesn’t matter. All that matters right now is that I show up and do the work.
And it’s quite astonishing how much you can achieve when you just turn up daily and put in small amounts of effort.
Since April 2016 when I fully committed to my writing journey, I have written almost 140,000 words!
I have tried to write consistently and on a daily basis since April 2016.
Looking at the figures above I can calculate I have written an average of 500 words a day.
Now, if you had asked me to write 140,000 words at the start of my journey, I would have panicked and said there was no way I had enough time to write that many words!
But I have been able to write so many words by turning up and writing just 500 words. One word at a time. Drip by drip. This is a great example of a compound effect.
Small actions over a long period of time compound into something magnificent.
We always think it’s the big things that make the difference when in fact it is always the smallest things that lead to the greatest of things.
Just 500 words!
Can you start your epic story by committing to writing 500 words a day? Can you do that in 30 minutes or less? Or if it takes a little longer, that’s OK too. Just as long as you commit to writing those 500 words per day.
Make a commitment that 2017 will be the year you start to write the book you have been thinking about for so long.
There had never been a better time to be a writer!
There are plenty of tools out there to help us especially with advances in technology. But the basics remain the same.
To write you must write. So pick up your pen, hands to the keyboard and write those 500 words today.
Are you ready to write your book in 2017?