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Do You Use Incremental Goals to Track Writing Progress?

Today’s question asks whether you use incremental goals to track writing progress. Are there weekly, monthly, or quarterly benchmarks that you measure your goals against? For my part I set goals appropriate to the project. With my current work-in-progress I have a dedicated bullet journal to track daily word count along with weekly and monthly benchmarks.

Based on my outline, I also have benchmarks for how far into the story I should by certain rough dates. The books breaks up into four sections of roughly equal length. Allotting myself 90 days to do this, I know that I’ve got more-or-less 3 weeks per section, and that by the 45 day mark the second section should be done. 

What’s surprised me are the number of people who responded saying they don’t track anything. They wing it. Some people seem to think that being organized in any fashion is anathema to the creative process. If that works for you, good luck and godspeed. I’m of a like mind with Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who wrote that “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”.

Incremental Goals to Track Writing Progress

Okay reader, I want to hear from you. Do you use weekly, monthly, or quarterly objectives to track your writing progress? You don’t have to be a participant in The Merry Writer game to play along here!


The Merry Writer is a writer’s game on Twitter run by Ari Meghlen (@arimeghlen) and Rachel Poli (@RPoli3). Each day there’s a new question, and each month there’s a new theme. In these posts I expand upon the answers that I’ve posted on my Twitter.

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