2/10/2021

The first week and a half of February went well, although I have been forgetting to post updates here. I have been updating WriteTrack, though. WriteTrack is a handy tool for helping create a pace that will get you to your goal in time as well as for giving you visual representations of your progress. It's a bit like the system over on the NaNo WriMo site, except instead of forcing you to agree to do the same amount every day, it allows you to do things like say, "I always take off Sunday, make Sunday goals zero. And Wednesday I have to stop early, so make those 50%." I currently have one day completely off and one day at half measure per week, although this week is playing out a little differently due to other people's work schedules changing. I can always write more than expected on a given day, but this allows me to not feel bad days when there's just too much other life going on.

But back to my current status! This is what my chart and calendar page looks like today:

The green days are ones where I met my goal, while the grey ones either haven't happened yet or had goals of zero. (Last month had some pinks, which were days I did NOT meet my goal. Those aren't as pleasing to look at.) 

The bars at the top make it easy to see that I'm currently about 12,000 words above where I would be if I wrote the minimum each day to finish on time. Also, I'm at 49k! SO close to 50! But I'm so not going to let myself keep going today. Exhaustion is no one's friend and 2422 words are enough for the day.

There are other useful charts as well. This one shows your daily accomplishments against your daily goals:

From this, we can see that I under-performed some days, but not by as much as I tend to over-perform on other days. This is helpful to remember on days when I fall short of goals.

The last chart shows total accumulation over time, charting your novel's growth against its target growth.

According to this, I am currently where I said I wanted to be at the end of February 19th. I'm not going to use this to justify taking a week long vacation, but it's nice to feel I'm not under much pressure over the next stretch. This is good because next week has several days where I am expecting myself to either not write or not write very much due to my husband having a very-much-not-optional medical procedure. I would take off to help him anyway, of course, but it's nice to know that I can do it without it meaning I need to push myself too much later.


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