Now that the boys are back in school, I’m trying very hard to get back into a daily work routine that leads to finished books. Publishers are rather fond of finished books. And thanks to a comment Mardi Ballou made to me on Twitter a while back, I’ve gone back to the basics when it comes to productivity. Very basic. Like kindergarten basic.
When I meet my minimum word count for the day, I get a shiny star.
I’ve kept an Excel spreadsheet for eons that tracks my daily word count, including how many words I have to write per day to finish a book on a certain date. All very grown up and professional, those Excel spreadsheets. So why am I regressing to elementary school?
In part because my family can see if I’ve made my word count every day. See yesterday’s sticker? So did they. So it’s a little more accountability and a little more nagging. Also a little more cheering, which we can always use.
But mostly because, hey, shiny stickers!