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July 1st, 2006
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Applying methods
Okay, I'm having a hard time plowing through this edit, so I checked where I was to remind me how much I have done: I started with 301 pages of manuscript. I've edited 158, so I'm more than halfway, and am now up to Chapter Thirteen (I'm not triskaidekaphobic), having increased the word count to 72,134. I'll continue to track this here.

Why? Because public declaration of a goal is one way you can increase the chance of accomplishing it. You hold yourself more accountable if you've announced it, and besides, other people will ask. I knew a colleague who used herself as an example of goal-setting in a workshop. She was looking to buy a condominium (=apartment outside the US), and gave her example as a goal to buy one by the end of the year. She happened to be visiting that client a lot, and every time she did, she'd bump into someone who would ask "did you buy that condo yet?" It annoyed her into doing it!

Of course, for some people that's so anxiety-provoking that it works against them, but I don't expect that to be the case for me. Enough people already know I'm working on this!

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Date:July 2nd, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
*nods* Yup, I do the same thing when I'm writing, keeping semi-track of word count and various frustrations via LJ. And I tag them so I can go back and point and laugh at myself after it's all over.
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Date:July 2nd, 2006 09:33 am (UTC)
I've always found it a useful thing to do when writing - the intermittent posts with the word meter document my progress and are there for all to see.
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Date:July 4th, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)

Oh, yeah

Tracking was one of the first tricks I learned when writing the book (Motivate Your Writing!, that is, since I've been referring to a different one!). Having a relatively safe public forum of writers is particularly nice, however. I don't feel comfortable even mentioning it at the office.

I'm doing it rather intensively for the moment, but I'll try to keep adding other content as well.
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