Writing Exercise (sort of): Diary of Progress

by ajanefountas

Believe it or not, we’re coming upon a new year. I mean, Thanksgiving is literally around the corner (see it lurking behind Wednesday?), and the many splendid holidays of December will follow suit. So why not start setting intentions of the creative kind for the new year?

If making progress with a creative project will be on your list, use a Diary of Progress (doc) to help. Each day of the week in the Diary includes three elements:

  1. Plan
  2. Progress
  3. Obstacles

Start daydreaming about what you’d like to accomplish creatively in the coming year. As January approaches, do a rough draft of your Diary of Progress for one full week. As the actual first week approaches, fill out your final plan for each day of the week. Take into account what you’ll have going on each day and what’s realistic to accomplish creatively. Then when each day is done, record your progress in light of your plan and list the obstacles that got in your way.

At the end of each week, review your Diary and take what you’ve learned from progress and obstacles to help you do better the following week, i.e., spend more time on creative pursuits.

In the meantime, have a happy Thanksgiving!