I’ve been a part of the Twitter writing community for several years now. It is near and dear to my heart and largely responsible for my first novel MADE SAFE finding a home with Pandamoon Publishing. Even as a long time member of the community, I am still amazed at the tips and nuggets of wisdom that I still find there.
One of them is probably the simplest and best(for me) method to track progress on creative work that doesn’t involve word counts(which can be discouraging if you miss a target). In essence, V.E. Schwab’s method shown below is to draw squares that represent a block of time, usually in her case 25 minutes.
Behold, the last vestige of my sanity, the altar at which I worship: my daily habit tracker. A reminder that every day brings a fresh start, and a column of blank squares. pic.twitter.com/oQqIUvdEyT
— Victoria/V.E. Schwab (@veschwab) November 24, 2018
Bite by bite. pic.twitter.com/2VqhbkP9m4
— Victoria/V.E. Schwab (@veschwab) December 13, 2018
As you can see, Schwab is a VERY busy person with many things to juggle so I’ve adopted her simpler method below.
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People often ask me how I manage to get so much work done. The answer is, bite by bite. Books don’t happen all at once, but one increment—one line, one scene, one chapter at a time. This represents the last 10 days. Those 10 days netted me two full comic scripts, and several hours of freewriting/brainstorming.
And my version below. I’ve got two writing projects at the moment with the one on the left taking priority with a March deadline.
Not as pretty as Schwab, but I find it very liberating to stop concentrating(as much as I can) on word counts and focus on time spent on a project.