Inspired by the monthly tweets of author Jamie Todd Rubin (@jamietr), I’ve been tracking my own writing time for the past few months.
Not only does this help ensure daily writing accountability, but it’s also helpful to have handy on those days when I find myself feeling frustrated for “not writing enough.”
While some writers like to track the number of word written, I prefer to track time, since screenwriting and some of my other projects can’t be accurately tracked by word count.
Writing Tracker for the Month of May
My sole focus during this time was to finalize my Romantic/Comedy screenplay to make the June 1st deadline for the New York Women In Film & Television Writers Lab competition.
Fueled by the looming deadline and copious amounts of coffee, I fired up the tubro engines for the last half of the month!
- I’d wake at 5:30 a.m. (without an alarm clock), dashing to the laptop, ready to write.
- I’d force myself shut off the laptop around 1 a.m.
- There was a notebook with me everywhere I went to capture ideas and notes as they hit my mind.
- I also took two personal days off from work during the last week of May.
As a result, the completed and polished Rom/Com script was submitted to three national screenwriting contests, and I was pleased with it.
Jump to August: A Horrible Start!
There were a couple of RV travel days, as well as the unexpected back-to-back losses of a few dear friends in June and July, so I was working through the emotional gut punch.
Through sheer determination, I was able to get back into a daily writing routine after the first week of August.
Since Aug. 8th, I’ve met my minimum 30-minute per day writing goal (as indicated by the green field).
Tracking Three Writing Categories
Since there were three separate categories for my creative writing, it seemed logical to break it down respectively.
(1) Screenplay: Although it’s already been submitted to the three contests, it still needs revisions based on feedback from the Blue Cat Screenwriting competition. Deadline for resubmitting is in October.
(2) Blog/Other: This category includes blog posts, website updates (OnTheGoWithAmyO.com), and writing involved with my new photography project.
(3) WIP (Work In Progress): From August 12-24, I browsed through my Story Inventory for a new project. I “interviewed” each story in longhand on paper, along with its characters, plot possibilities, concept, theme and my interest level in order to decide which one was the most ready to be told. A decision was made, and the writing began on Aug. 26.
August may have started like snail, but it ended like a cheetah!
Top 5 Writing Goals for September 2015
- Complete a character analysis and detailed storyboard for the current WIP.
- Continue to write for at least 30 minutes every day.
- Complete revisions to the Romantic/Comedy screenplay and finalize contest submissions for the year.
- Finish website content (OnTheGoWithAmyO.com)
- Tie in On The Go With AmyO. Facebook page posts with this blog.
Hope to have a good report to share in about a month.
By the way, if you’re a writer, do you keep track of your daily writing time/word count? If so, how?