Link Of The Week- Sprints!

November 11, 2014


I know many of you are participating in NaNo and I thought this link would be useful for that. That’s not the end of the story! This site will help you sprint almost anytime, anywhere, and it’s all the time- NOT just during NaNo.

They also have guest bloggers and the current front page article is very good- How To Write in a Less-Than-Ideal Environment.


I hope you enjoy this link and may the Sprinting Fairies help you with huge word counts forever and ever. Amen


Tracking Word Counts Made Easy

February 2, 2011

Song of the Day: Firework by Katy Perry

Writers know that there is great satisfaction in meeting and exceeding word count goals. It’s an accomplishment, no matter how big or small, that makes us feel good about our progress. Every word is one more word than the last and brings us closer to the manuscript’s final words ‘the end’.

When participating in challenges such as the madness of NaNoWriMo or The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood’s Winter Writing Festival, word count benchmarks are essential. An author can waste time figuring up how far they’ve come or how far they’ve got to go.

That’s one reason I enjoy using tools that help me keep track of my progress visually. My choice of tracking device is called Write Track, created by fellow writing daredevil, David Gale. The Write Track is a tracking system custom fit to any author’s need. The writer creates a pre-planned schedule based on their current goals, even as those goals fluctuate. This super easy program has a bar graph to show progress and a calendar which breaks up word counts for each day of the schedule.

Jenn - I would love nothing more than for you to accompany me to my next movie premier. 🙂

Let’s use the Rubies’ Winter Writing Festival as an example. I proposed that I would write 500 words everyday of the challenge. That’s 17,500 words total. Each calendar day will show my goal to be set at 500 words. If I write 1000 words instead of the target 500 words, the calendar adjusts my minimum word count goals lower for the remaining days left in the challenge and I watch my graph grow.

But wait! What if I don’t meet my word count goal? Life happens. The washing machine breaks and a whole day is wasted cleaning up and waiting on the plumber. Or a child gets the flu. Or the MIL makes a surprise visit. Or you have a blog (wink, wink) Poof! The day is gone. The word count is ka-put. No worries, my time-impaired friend. The Write Track calendar will readjust the minimum word count, spreading it out over the rest of the challenge to meet your targeted goal. How cool is that?

Plus, you can give each day a weight. Say Gerard Butler has asked me to be his date for a fancy-smancy movie premier in Cannes next Saturday. (Shh – Let’s not tell DH about this fantasy.) I’ll not be meeting my word count that day. (A girl can dream, right?) Instead of writing 100% of my word count for Saturday, I can give that day a weight of 0%. If I know in advance certain days will not receive my full attention, I can assign those days a weight of 25%, 50%, 75%, or whatever. The tracker will adjust the word count totals for the rest of the calendar accordingly. This makes managing goals guilt-free when daily objectives are not met.

The bottom line? The Write Track can be tailor made for any author. Whether for compulsive writing challenges or maintaining a steady pace on a WIP, a tool that tallies your word count progress can make reaching goals easier and more gratifying.

Hop on over, explore the sight, and give it a shot.

NANO: My Top Ten Lists

December 2, 2010

Song of the Day: All Over Now by Great White

It’s over. Thank the gods of all and sundry, NANOWRIMO is over.

At the beginning of this madness which started back on November 1st, I determined my goal was not the customary 50K words. How completely ludicrous to even entertain the idea that with a 14 month old, a 9 year old, the holidays, and all the responsibilities that I shoulder, I purge out  so many new words. So, I set my goal lower. 25K. That seemed reasonable. Of course, I wasn’t thinking that last week with 9,000+ words to go and Thanksgiving breathing down my neck.

But I did it! And let me tell you, once I hit the magic number, I stopped cold. Right in the middle of a chapter, right in the middle of a scene. I did, however, force myself to finish the friggin’ sentence.

And so, with this experience behind me, I will bestow upon you my NANO Top Ten List.

Top Ten List Why I hate NANO

10 – Explaining why I participate in the stress-inducing madness to non-writers.

9 – No time to blog, twitter, or updating my Facebook status.

8 – Sheer panic watching my minimum word count skyrocket because I failed to keep up.

7 – The “you owe me” look DH gives when he makes dinner for the 4th night in a row.

6 – Watching your writing buddies write circles around you – dweebs.

5 – Wasting time wondering what happens next. NANO is not for pantsters.

4 – Wrinkles! I didn’t have them prior to, say, November 5th.

3 – Cranky, snappish, crying jags, defeatism, opting to have hot pokers seared into my eyes, wanting to give up, and a general overall bad attitude.

2 – Burnout. The refusal to write just one more word, even a terribly abbreviated signature on my child’s progress report.

1 – Whose idea was it to have NANOWRIMO in November? For the love of Pete, it’s the holiday season! Why not February? It’s too cold and dreary to do anything else anyway. Sheesh!

Top Ten List Why I Love NANO

10 – Camaraderie. The world over, people just like me are participating and most don’t need a straightjacket.

9 – The mid-month writing sprint. Hordes of authors get together and write as if their lives depend upon it.

8 – Progression. Whether 50 words or 50, 000 words, it is still a forward motion and that’s got to be good.

7 – The fact that my computer counts Chapter 9 as two words. It’s the little things that make me happy.

6 – Passing your writing buddies in your total word count. (insert evil cackling)

5 – Watching the charts and graphs grow closer to my goal.

4 – The rush of when I can’t type that mind-blowing scene fast enough. Pure genius.

3 – The excitement of my masterpiece unfolding. Really, I’m on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

2 – Realizing that I can move mountains. I can meet a deadline. I am up to the challenge.

1 – The horn-tooting, confetti throwing, glitter ball dropping, lords a’leapin’, incredible feeling of finishing. What an accomplishment!!!

How about you? Did you participate in NANO this year? How’d you do? I’d love to hear from you.