Keep a Progress Log

I’ve started a new habit, following the excellent Henriette Klauser book Writing on both sides of the brain.

She suggests you should keep a Progress Log (PL) for your writing.

A Progress Log is in part a writing journal, where I log my feelings about my writing for the day, or my thoughts on a character or a blog post I’ve written.

Only a few days into the process of keeping my log, I can tell you it helps.

My PL also a collection tin for my musings and ideas, those rapidly scribbled notes in the middle of the night, and flashes of ideas while writing something entirely different.

I haven’t done it yet, but I also intend to make a list of all the things I am curious about. People I read about in other books, recommendations I find online, etc. Feeding my curiosity is part of my writing progress after all.

This month, I’m keeping a separate notebook as well, for NaNoWriMo. I keep score on my word count for the day. It’s not part of my Progress log yet, but it will be (given that it’s a digital handwritten journal, so I can just copy and paste things into my Progress Log with ease,)

Most of all, my Progress Log is a place where I can grow as a writer. I know that it will be beneficial to me in the long run.

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