How to keep your writing goals

In my experience, I've found that setting goals is easy. Keeping those goals? Not so much. Lucky for us, there are some field tested goal-keeping strategies that can help. Today, I thought I'd share my favorites to help you keep your Spring Writing Bootcamp goals. You can use any of these methods to earn giveaway entries for our Friday check ins (learn more about those below).

The Sticker Method

Writer Victoria Schwab (she wrote THE NEAR WITCH - one of my favorites, plus a bunch of other amazing-sounding books) talks about The Sticker Method all the time on Twitter. Apparently, she got the idea from Jessica Spotswood who got it from Erin Bow. 

The basics? Grab a calendar, create a system for your goals, then give yourself a sticker (or stickers) for every day you meet your goal. Sounds easy, right? And you get stickers! #win

Here's an example of how it works: If my goal were to write 100 words or more every day, I would put a sticker on my calendar for each day I meet that goal. Perhaps I'd get an extra-special sticker for days where I surpassed my goal.

If you'd like to learn more about it, Victoria made a video to talk about how she uses The Sticker Method to keep her goals:

Using Google Calendar to Track Your Word Count

Another fantabulous writer, our very own Brunhilde the Black-Hearted, wrote about her goal-setting (and keeping) method on her blog. She set herself the goal of writing 1000 words a day, and used Google Calendar to keep track of how much she wrote each day, plus the big word count goals she wanted to hit. Check out this screen shot of her calendar - her goal word counts are highlighted in purple, and her actual word counts are highlighted in yellow.

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You can read more about it in this blog post.

Word Count Trackers

I love word count trackers. There's just something so wonderful and satisfying about seeing that little progress bar move closer and closer to completion. 

I recommend MyWriteClub, a simple progress tracker for writers. It's still in it's beta, but I've been using it to track my progress with my revisions and have found it handy (and motivating!). As an added bonus, you can connect with friends and comment on their progress bars (hint: you can connect with your accountability team!)

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 If you choose to use any of the above, check in with us on Fridays with a screenshot or pic of your progress tracker or sticker-filled calendar. You'll earn giveaway entries each time you make a Friday check in, just be sure to mention @yabuccaneers, use the Spring Writing Bootcamp hashtag (#YABbootcamp), and log your entry in the Rafflecopter form in this blog post.

Do you have a favorite way to track your progress or keep you word count goals? I'd love to hear about it!

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P.S. There's still time to join our Spring Writing Bootcamp! Learn more here.

P.P.S. If you want to be added to an accountability team, make sure to comment on this post by Thursday at midnight!