2016 - Tools For Writers
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Greetings, fellow writers!

This workbook is a compilation of tools that I've developed to motivate myself, and I'm happy to share them with you. It's easy to forget how much work we've put into our craft, and sometimes being able to see that work in a different way can really help get us through the inevitable low spots.

To save a copy for yourself, go to File > Make a Copy.

A brief guide to the tabs below:

Daily Word Count - Record your daily efforts here. Remember, even one page a day will produce a finished novel in a year! The cells will change color depending on how many words you record for the day. In the center of the spreadsheet you'll also see weekly totals, and how much you've written year-to-date. Those words add up faster than you might think! (Updated for 2015 with a new color scheme and inspirational quotes to help keep us motivated!)

Career Bingo - We all have goals and dreams. Goals, of course, are things that you are in control of--how many words you write, how many stories you finish--but those dreams and milestones are real, and you might be surprised at how often they're reached! Modify this sheet with your own goals, or pie-in-the-sky, never-gonna-happen career fantasies, and mark them as your dreams start coming true.

Stories - This is how I track my yearly progress in terms of what I finished, submitted, and sold. I set my goals here--sometimes I meet them and sometimes I don't. When I don't, I try to just do better the following year. Life is in session!

New for 2016--Excellent Human Naru Sundar has made his Submissions Tree tab available in the workbook. Naru uses it along with a service like Duotrope or The Submissions Grinder to keep track of which stories he has out and which are available. Thank you for the contribution, Naru!

I hope you'll find these tools motivating and useful. Feel free to modify and share them, no attribution needed.

Happy writing!

Christie
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