More messiness from me! It is in fact organized chaos, and perhaps a little old school, but there’s something satisfying about coloring in boxes. It just happened that I only had pink and yellow highlighters so that explains the limited color scheme.
I used spreadsheets while I was writing the previous novel, but that system broke down when it came time to edit. I started tracking my progress in calendar pages back in December which was when I started with revisions. The days I worked on edits are pink, and yellow designates non-editing days. On each day I noted which chapters that I worked on. On some yellow days I also worked on outlines or brainstorming.
Now I’m back to writing. For July, pink designates every day that I’ve written something. I’ve also noted down the total word count, daily word count, and the chapter I’ve completed (if any) in each box. Yellow days are days where I did not write, and to the left are my current chapter word counts. Averaging over the last few months, I’ve been getting about 22 days of writing work done in a month.
Here’s July so far:
I carry my notebook around with me and like to look back at months of colored blocks. Some days I write more than others, but you can’t tell which days unless you look closely at the numbers. Even writing just a little is still progress I’m happy with.
The first draft is going pretty well. I’m 19k into it so far. Every novel poses a different challenge, and the first draft was very difficult for the first novel. This one has been going well so far! It’s like night and day mentally, but we’ll see what happens when I get to edits.
How do you track your writing or editing progress?