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31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 7

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31-Days-of-NaNoPrepMo-by-Katrina-OstranderDay 7: How will you keep track of your work?

Writing habits. Let’s take a step back from your story and protagonist. How will you measure whether you get what you want—a NaNoWriMo win—this November? If you sign up for an account with NaNoWriMo.org, you’ll gain access to their word count tracker as well as some nifty widgets to put on your website or in your forum signature. But perhaps you want something a little more granular, or you want to make yourself a spreadsheet that tracks your energy level and other things.

This is also the time to think about incentives: will you treat yourself to a small item, a writer’s retreat, or something else if you win? What repercussions do you have for failure? (No Plot? No Problem! recommends you write a check to a charity you loathe and give it to a trusted friend to mail if you don’t hit your goal before 12/1. Desperate times call for desperate measures.)

Action Plan: Research and try out a solution that works for you in terms of tracking your progress. At the bottom of your word count tracker (or perhaps on your mission statement post-it note), include your rewards or penalties for winning or not winning, if you have them.

If you do your writing on the computer, you might also want to find a pretty desktop wallpaper that doubles as a word count calendar!

Additional Reading: “NaNoWriMo 2014 word tracker spreadsheets” from Svenja Gosen

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