Day Two: Keeping Track

Since I started keeping a planner, one of the things I’ve used it for is tracking my daily writing. I do well with a physical calendar to keep track of my work. The problem is that if I move my work between computers, or if I dictate pieces into my phone, it gets harder to keep accurate track of my word counts. Last year, there was an enormous discrepancy between the words logged in my planner’s calendar and the word counts in the actual projects I wrote. I’m hoping to avoid that this year.

I still plan to keep everything written in my planner, if only because I like the act of actually writing down the numbers. But I’m also experimenting with logging them in a different way. I’ve encountered lots of authors who use phone apps to track their word counts, but the pickings are slim for iOS. Instead, I’m giving a site a try.

Pacemaker (http://pacemaker.press) might work, so it’s what I’m using for now. Since I can access it from any computer (and my phone) I should be a bit more accurate about logging word counts–I’ll be able to save my counts from anywhere, so long as I have an internet or data connection. I’m still working out how to use the site, and some features are only available to paid accounts, but I’ll write up a full post with my thoughts on the site once this project is complete and I have a better feel for things.

In any event, I wrote 602 words last night. It’s a small number compared to what I’m used to, but that’s why I set my daily goal as 500 words for now. It gives me a chance to ease into it and get things rolling again. I had hoped to get a higher count today, but I doubt it’s going to happen. I was excited about feeling better yesterday, but ha-ha, April Fool’s, I’m back to being sick today. If I can still make it to 500, I’ll be happy enough with that. We’ll start pushing upwards later.

In the meantime, here’s a widget showing my progress for my WIP. I’ll try to remember to include this in each post so it’s easy to reference, but we’ll see how well that works. For now, I’m off to try to write.

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