Measuring Progress


How do you measure the progress of a writing project?

Since people are working on the Summer Revision Smackdown, here’s a timely poll. You can vote for up to two answers. Please leave a more extensive answer in the comments.

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  • Barbara Seuling
    June 11, 2009

    I feel that I’ve accomplished whatever the challenge of that session
    is. I guess that could work out to be a time span or finishing a chapter, but that’s not quite right for me.

  • Darcy Pattison
    June 12, 2009

    Barbara: That’s a good way to look at it — accomplish the challenge. So, that might be to sharpen dialogue in this scene, or maybe to up the tension. Things like that?


  • Casey
    June 12, 2009

    For some reason, I always measure my progress by word count. I’ll check it while I’m writing, after I’ve finished for the day, and even while I’m revising. It’s an awful little obsession of mine and I have to wonder if it’s procrastination tic. Obviously I only do it when I’m paused in progress.

    : )