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If you’ve read Crawford Kilian’s essay on Developing Efficient Work Habits, you’ll have seen where he talks about keeping a log of your writing progress.
The log can give you a sense of accomplishment, especially on big projects, and can enable you to set realistic completion deadlines. For example, if you know you can write 500 words in an hour, and you write three hours a week, you can have a completed novel manuscript of 75,000 words in 50 weeks. If you write ten hours a week, the ms. will be complete in 15 weeks.
If you’re looking for an easy, cool way to track your writing progress, you can use writing software like Storyblue. It automatically tracks your progress as you write your novel, and shows your daily word count in chart form. You can also set goals, and Storyblue will track your writing progress against your goals, so it’s dead simple to see what you need to do to complete your goal.
You can try Storyblue for free, and the full version costs $39.99.