Tips to Track Those WIPS

Now that you’ve put a stop to that end-of-the-year over-indulgence, it’s time to get back to a routine.

For some people, that means eating those last few bags of Holiday Hershey’s Kisses so you won’t be tempted again (until Valentine’s Day…or Easter…or…oh, forget it). For others, that means setting a few writing resolutions.

Do you want to write a book? Two books? Ten? Reach for the stars! Shine on, you crazy diamond!

But…what do you do once you’ve made a list of your lofty goals for 2013? Pull a Devo and TRACK THOSE WIPS (or something similar sounding)!

Make Your Words Count
The new year sits in front of each of us, as pristine as the freshly fallen snow. But a lot can happen in a year’s time, so you’d better set up some sort of system NOW to keep track of how much writing ass you’re going to kick before that buzz on those Kisses you wolfed down earlier wears off.

This Daily/Monthly/Yearly Word Count Tracker (in handy-dandy Excel format) from writer Margaret McGaffey Fisk is just the thing for writers who love stats.

All you have to do is input your Annual Goal (say, 250,000 for example), and Pace (how many words you want to write per day). This sheet will keep track of how many days you are on track, with a monthly summary of your words written, average words, and number of days you wrote in any particular month.

Reviewer Tracker
Another excellent worksheet for those who want to keep track of all those masterpieces once they are out in the wild (and in the hands of readers) – the Reviewer Tracking Spreadsheet.

Pimpin’ ain’t easy, especially when you are self-publishing. You spend so much time and effort shaking your money maker (er, writing) that when it comes time to promote, you may not know where to start.

This spreadsheet allows you to track the reviewers you have contacted, any review copies you have sent out (and the type: PDF, paper or ebook), review type (review, interview, guest post), date your post is scheduled to appear on the review blog and other contact information.

Writing the book is just the first step. Make your promotional efforts a whole lot easier by keeping track of them.


Tracking your Literary Prowess

Sure, we writers may have a reputation for being unkempt, malnourished and hopped up on caffeine (guilty as charged), but that doesn’t mean we can’t also be organized.  If 2013 is the year you want to make a mark with your writing, or you just need a way to track your writing prowess any day of the year, check out these two trackers…then start writing!


Share your Tricks

Do you have a cool way of tracking your writing progress? Or an awesome tool to share with your fellow inkslingers? Share it in the comments section!

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