Once a month, we talk about different tools available for writers to make life easier (theoretically 😉 ).
Today’s Tool: 2018 Writing & Revision Tracker
Platform: Any spreadsheet program
What it does:
It’s a writing tracker! 🙂 If you’re a reader of this blog, and especially of TTT, you might recognize that I did a post very similar to this one about a year ago. There’s a new version of the writing tracker spreadsheet, so I felt that warranted a new Tool Time Tuesday!
As you might know from the post last year, I am a huge fan of this writing tracker. Not only does it allow you to track words of your first draft, but you can also track revision pages. And since revision is the biggest part of writing, being able to keep see how much you’ve done is critical to realizing your productivity. I’m not going to break down all the individual features, since I’ve done that already. But I will share a bit of how I use it.
Jamie has added the ability to track ten different projects within the spreadsheet over the course of the year, each with a column for writing and for revision.
I currently have seven of the projects labeled. I am tracking my blog posts, my pre-writing (for any and all stories), a pair of short stories (which I’m counting as one project, since they’re related), and four novels (one of which I’m only going to track revision pages of). I made my pre-writing a separate project, because I want to track how many words I create when I’m prepping to write my stories. I don’t necessarily need to track the pre-writing by story.
And that’s what makes this writing tracker so great. You can use it in whatever way works best for you.
Jamie even created a video to show how the tracker works. Check it out:
Motivation is created by action. When you look at what you’ve accomplished, it can help light a fire under your butt to get going. I’m writing this post on Jan 8, and (not counting this one), I’ve already written over 7000 words of blog posts and pre-writing. I haven’t even starting actually writing on the short stories yet (which are my first active project this year). I already feel incredibly accomplished and it makes me want to keep going.
The Writing & Revision Tracker is a big part of my writing process. You should check it out!
Where to get it: Jamie Raintree’s website
Have you tried the 2018 Writing & Revision tracker? Did you use the old writing tracker? Let me know what you think!
Do you have a writing tool that you absolutely can’t live without? Drop a line to me down below and tell me about it!
Unless attributed otherwise, all images are courtesy of Jamie Raintree.