“What’s more motivating: ‘I’m still working on my book’ or ‘I’m a quarter of the way through’?”
What’s more motivating: *still working on my book* or *a quarter of the way through*?
What’s more motivating: “I’m still working on my book” or “I’m a quarter of the way through my book”? In marathons, we measure miles. (Or count kilometres.) In books, we work by word count. That’s how you measure your progress. So pick a number: mini ebook, 10,000 words; short book with lots of graphics, 40,000; average paperback, 80,000. Don’t worry if your target length feels random, right now. Just pick a number and divide it into markers: an eighth of the way through, a quarter, two-fifths… Create yourself some process goals and plot them into your calendar, quarterly, monthly, and weekly. Start using Microsoft Word’s word count tool: Tools > Word count. Measure your progress, admire it, celebrate it. If you’d like more detailed guidance on mapping out your writing, and how to include planning and research time, take a look at Kickstart your book: Use process goals. That gives you the full breakdown plus a handy spreadsheet.
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