This week I have to remind myself that a lot of the other things I'm doing are still "writer things," and they count. For example, this week I wrote:
- A 1,200 freelance article
- A picture book draft
- This blog post (not sure this counts!)
I also beta read a friend's novel.
I didn't get anywhere on the novelette or novel I'm supposed to be working on and I don't expect to this week. In progress: another revision on my contracted novel, revision of my picture book, critique of a friend's picture book.
But there are ways to measure productivity other than word count. Part of being a writer is revision, working on jobs that pay (like freelance), and helping other writers. Here I note that I this week I benefited from two awesome picture book critiques -- both from writers who I have not yet critiqued. We all have to pay it forward.
So I decided to take a weekly tally of what I've done instead of focusing on what I haven't.
How do you measure productivity when you're not in drafting mode? What goals do you set?