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At some point I'm sure you've been told that writers should write every day if they want to be successful. I don't personally believe that. But I do believe in doing whatever works best to motivate you.

If sticking to a strict daily writing schedule is helpful to you, or if you're looking to try something new to motivate yourself, I encourage you to take part in a month-long "write every day" challenge. I've added a new challenge section to the forums so you can share your progress with others, and I'm releasing another free downloadable tracker you can use if you choose to take this challenge.

You can preview or download the tracker below or visit the write every day challenge section of the forums.

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Note, there is a known issue on Google's end where sometimes the document preview will show an error message saying the bandwidth limits were reached. This isn't the case. But if that happens, you can either reload the page (it usually comes up correctly then) or you can simply click the download link that will be provided along with the error message. 

If you haven't checked out the other writing challenges yet, you can do so in the writing challenges section of the forums. There are downloadable goodies to help you stay on track for each challenge, from writing 30 blog posts in a month to reaching a monthly word count goal on your current book. While you don't have to be a registered member of the community to read the challenge introductions and get the downloadable resources, I encourage you to register (it's free) so you can post your own challenge thread to share your progress with, and seek support from, the community.

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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.

She owns 3 Beat Media - a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.

Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.


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2 Comments

  1. Angela Booth August 20, 2014 Reply

    Great tracker, Jenn. I’ve always tracked my word count on projects, but recently I’ve started to track words on everything, and it’s made a huge difference. I tend to waffle on, so my email word counts were much too high. (And then I wondered why email took so long. :-))

    Re writing every day. My tip: get inspired by something — anything, so that you can’t wait to start writing each day.

    Freelancers tend grit their teeth and focus solely on writing for income, and that stifles our creativity.

    If you write something you really want to write, even if you can’t see how you can make any money from it, that enthusiasm spills over into your bread and butter writing.

    Pinned and shared the tracker.
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      Jennifer Mattern August 21, 2014 Reply

      Thanks Angela! We ran a challenge along those lines back in July where we either tracked all of our working time or all of our writing in any given day (emails, social media updates, etc.). I was shocked to find that I was “wasting” thousands of words a day that could have gone toward projects. It was a valuable exercise for sure. :)

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