15. Tracking Your Progress

There’s an awful lot of math involved in writing. We worry about the upper word count of article and novel submissions. We calculate how many words a day we need to write to meet our deadlines. We think about overusing particular words, reading level, and how many words we can write per hour. Some of us even participate in an annual ritual to write 50,000 words in 30 days, which happens to coincide with the start of the holiday season, forcing many a poor soul to calculate how many hours he can spend with Grandma and Grandpa at the Thanksgiving table and still meet his writing goals.

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