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WELCOME TO THE WRITER'S SCORECARDHOVER HERE FOR A PHILOSOPHY ON DAILY WRITING
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HOVER HERE FOR A TRUTH BOMB
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-the fun motivational tool to help you write more words and further your writing career-
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WHAT IS THIS THING?AUTHORS
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The Writer's Scorecard is a place to keep track of your daily writing energies. It takes only seconds per day & can have lasting & significant benefits. Recording your writing work is done in any of three categories: WORDS written, time spent doing OTHER writerly activities, or time spent READING your chosen genre. [Hover over this cell for more thoughts on this].#AUTHOR NAMEAUTHOR EMAIL
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1K. Edwin Fritzkedwin31@gmail.com
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DIRECTIONS 2Joe MankowskiJDMankowski717@gmail.com
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1) Find an open slot in the pink columns to the right, then put in your name & email (columns Z, & AA). 3Charlotte H Babbcharlotte.babb@gmail.com
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2) Each day, visit your personal page (look for the tabs at the bottom of any page... for now yours will say "-open slot-", but I'll change it asap) and in the yellow rows enter your WORDS written, OTHER time spent doing writerly things, and/or time spent READING your genre. (See below for explanations) 4C. M. Okonkwocmo2904@gmail.com
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3) Watch your numbers (and in particular your "Career Level") grow, and bask in your accomplishments. That's it. Really. 5Bill Waldorfzeydah41@gmail.com
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6James C. Ellerbenewllcinfo@gmail.com
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HERE'S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE7Dorothy May Mercerddmercerpub@aol.com
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Bob's ScorecardBrenda's Scorecard8Terrence Moloneyterrencemoloney@mac.com
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DATE1st2nd 3rd4th5th6th7th8th9thTTL
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1st2nd 3rd4th5th6th7th8th9thTTL9Frederick Dootdooteronomy@yahoo.com
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WORDS250005552,2000007003,705W2502502502502502502502502502,25010Frederick Walterfwalter1313@gmail.com
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OTHER (min)000003000120150O15151515151515151513511Sue Kirklandsuekirkland2015@gmail.com
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READING (min)250033354503030198R15151515151515151513512Christine Heldchristinapaulbooks@yahoo.com
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points3.50.00.06.011.06.00.02.011.039.5P4.55.56.57.58.59.510.511.512.576.513Lace Esslwrittenbylace@gmail.com
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As you can see, even though Bob has written more Words, put in more Other activities and more Reading minutes, Brenda has scored FAR more overall points. Why? Because she did a little bit every day. The Scorecard's main purpose is to reward streaks (consecutive days of work) rather than binging (putting all your energies into just a few days of work), all in the hopes of creating that daily habit. 14Jennifer Gosleeluxlunae@gmail.com
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15Elaina Yuaeonian.nights@gmail.com
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16Liz Dolgoselizasmusings@gmail.com
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17Sarah Cohensar_cohen@hotmail.com
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18Sue Polacheckchecksuzy@gmail.com
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19Jeremy C. Schofieldjeremycschofield@gmail.com
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----WARNING: Technical Jargon Below----20Anis RahmanGxp.rahman@gmail.com
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(aka: Everything you could possibly want to know about the Scorecard point system). 21Emily Castle-Dunnmozartmaid@gmail.com
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Feel free to ignore it & get to work recording your daily numbers.22Laura Marreylemarie1878@gmail.com
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Explanation of "WORDS"23Jeanette Koczwarakoczwaraj@gmail.com
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This is the amount of creative words that you wrote that day. Work emails, grocery lists, & other such things not related to your writing career don't count. 24Brian Capobiancobriancapo@yahoo.com
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SCORING:You must write a minimum of 250 words in order to score 2 points. (Why 250? Hover over this cell for the answer)25Will Aimewnissleya@gmail.com
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Binge Much? Write more WORDS to earn more points:26Alison Woodsalisonmillerwoods@gmail.com
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250 words = 2 points500 words = 4 points1,000 words = 6 points2,000+ words = 8 points27-open slot--your email here-
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28-open slot 2--your email here-
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Explanation of "OTHER"29-open slot 3--your email here-
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This is the amount of time (in minutes) that you spent on your writing career each day WITHOUT actually writing new words. (Examples include: revising, editing, formatting, sending submissions, creating or posting advertisements, maintaining online presences, attending writing groups or book fairs/ and communicating with hired help like artists, editors, or agents).
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TO CLARIFYIf you wrote 523 words and it took you 25 minutes to do it, you would write '523' in the "WORDS" category but leave the "OTHER" category blank. However, if you wrote 523 words AND you spent spent a half hour discussing the cover design of your upcoming book with your cover artist, you'd put '523' in "WORDS" -AND- you'd put '30' in "OTHER".
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SCORING:You must work a minimum of 15 minutes in order to score 1 point. (Why 15 minutes? And why only 1 point? Hover over this cell for the answer)
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Binge Much? Work more OTHER minutes to earn more points:
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15 minutes = 1 point30 minutes = 2 points60 minutes (1 hr) = 3 points120+ minutes (2+ hrs) = 4 points
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Explanation of "READING"
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This is the amount of time (in minutes) that you spent reading something within your writing genre. Work emails don't count. Short stories, novels, & poetry do.
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SCORING:You need to read for a minimum of 15 minutes in order to score 1/2 a point. (Why 15 minutes? And why only a half a point? In fact, why earn points at all for this? Hover over this cell for the answer).
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Binge Much? READ more minutes to earn more points:
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15 minutes = 0.5 points30 minutes = 1 point60 minutes (1 hr) = 1.5 points120+ minutes (2 hrs) = 2 points
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Explanation of "Streaks"
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Your streak is how many consecutive days you've managed to earn any points for any of the above reasons.
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Streaks carry over from month to month. This is where you can REALLY earn a boat-load of points.
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The longer your streak, the more points you earn:
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1 day = 1 point on that day2 consecutive days = 2 pts on the 2nd day3 consecutive days = 3 pts on the 3rd day4 consecutive days = 4 pts on the 4th day5 consecutive days = 5 pts on the 5th dayetc, etc, etc...
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Explanation of "Career Levels"
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Career Levels are major milestones, so don't expect to rise through the ranks too quickly. They are designed to be rare, & it gets harder to earn them as you go. They are calculated using Fibonacci numbers (adding pairs of sequential numbers... 0+1=1, 1+1=2, 1+2=3, 2+3=5, etc.) only the Scorecard starts at the writing base number of 25.
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MORE ON CAREER LEVELS: Some people write a lot. Some people spend lots of their time revising or advertising or hawking their paperbacks at book fairs. Others read like mad & collect much of their writing experiences that way. Career Levels are a combination of everything. The higher your Career Level, the more energy you've put into your writing career, and the more bragging rights you've earned on The Writer's Scorecard. But since we each have our strength & our weaknesses, earning a Career Level in any one area gets harder as you go (those Fibonacci numbers rearing their ugly heads). This way, somebody who reads for 12 hours every single day but barely does anything else won't earn more Level Ups than someone who works a little bit at everything.
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YOU WILL EARN 1 CAREER LEVEL FOR *EACH* OF THE FOLLOWING:
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WORDSOTHERREADINGPOINTSTOTAL DAYS WORKEDLONGEST STREAK
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Add 1 Level25,000 Words25 Hours25 Hours250 Points25 Days
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Add 2 Levels50,000 Words50 Hours50 Hours500 Points50 Days
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Add 3 Levels75,000 Words75 Hours75 Hours750 Points75 Days
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Add 4 Levels125,000 Words125 Hours125 Hours1,250 Points125 Days
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Add 5 Levels200,000 Words200 Hours200 Hours2,000 Points200 Days
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Add 6 Levels325,000 Words325 Hours325 Hours3,250 Points325 Days
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Add 7 Levels525,000 Words525 Hours525 Hours5,250 Points525 Days = 1.4 years
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Add 8 Levels850,000 Words850 Hours850 Hours8,500 Points850 Days = 2.3 years
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Add 9 Levels1,375,000 Words1,375 Hours1,375 Hours13,750 Points1,375 Days = 3.8 years
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Add 10 Levels2,225,000 Words2,225 Hours2,225 Hours22,250 Points2,225 Days = 6.1 years (an achievable yet lofty goal)
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Add 11 Levels3,590,000 Words3,590 Hours3,590 Hours35,900 Points3,590 Days = 9.8 years (an achievable yet lofty goal)
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Add 12 Levels5,815,000 Words5,815 Hours5,815 Hours58,150 Points5,815 Days = 15.9 years (possible, but highly unlikely)
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Add 13 Levels9,405,000 Words9,405 Hours9,405 Hours94,050 Points9,405 Days = 25.7 years (possible, but highly unlikely)
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Add 14 Levels15,210,000 Words15,210 Hours15,210 Hours152,100 Points15,210 Days = 41.6 years (technically possible... ain't gonna happen)
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Add 15 Levels24,615,000 Words24,615 Hours24,615 Hours246,150 Points24,615 Days = 67.4 years (technically possible... ain't gonna happen)
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Add 16 Levels39,285,000 Words39,285 Hours39,285 Hours392,850 Points39,285 Days = 107.6 years (technically possible w/ new medical technology... still ain't gonna happen)
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Add 17 Levels63,890,000 Words63,890 Hours63,890 Hours638,900 Points63,890 Days = 175 years (not humanly possible)
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Add 18 Levels103,175,000 Words103,175 Hours103,175 Hours1,031,750 Points103,175 Days = 282 years (not humanly possible)
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Add 19 Levels166,060,000 Words166,060 Hours166,060 Hours1,660,600 Points166,060 Days = 454 years (not humanly possible)
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Add 20 Levels269,235,000 Words269,235 Hours269,235 Hours2,692,350 Points269,235 Days = 737 years (not humanly possible)
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Etc...
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