My summer vacation is my time to write, and I've been writing for about 4-5 hours a day. It's a slow process and I've gotten frustrated a lot, because I know I still have so much more to go.
Eileen Wiedbrauk posted an article last week about progress for a writer. The author, David H. Hendricks discussed using something physical that you can measure your progress with. He suggested a cup for a penny. Now, David is a bit more ambitious (or perhaps motivated) than I in, because he is able to put a penny in his cup for every 10,000 words that he writes. 10,000 words is too much for me. That wouldn't look like progress.
Instead, I decided to put a penny in for every 1,000 words that I write.
It's simple, but for some reason it's worked these last few days. I actually find myself staying at the table and writing more just to get another penny.
It reminds me of my friends who potty train their kids for an M & M. Seriously? One M & M to go to the bathroom? I always thought it was crazy until I started to use pennies (in fact, now that I think about, M & Ms might be better but I'd eat all my progress!).
I chose a cup that has meaning to me (it's one of my grandpa's cups from the Yacht Club we belonged to growing up). The cup now sits next to my computer...
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go earn another penny!
What about you? What do you use to motivate or writing or keep track of progress?