Between drafts of City of Masks and querying The Fairy Wren I’m always working on other projects. One is a short set in the same world as City of Masks, there’s a contemporary fantasy (Sea of Trees) and of course, The Lost Mask – the follow-up to CoM.
Each are at different stages of outline/draft/revision/submission. Working this way, as many writers do, rather than overwhelming me, keeps things fresh. If I’ve had too much time on one project, I can switch to the other. Further, if one project hits submission stage – I have something to do while I’m waiting for a response.
In aid of that process, there’s something a lot of writers use to keep track of any given draft - the Progress Meter. These simple but great tools can range from sophisticated to straightforward. They’re lightweight and can often be embedded into your site with ease, mine's visible on the right.
I’m really enjoying it because using it keeps me accountable to myself and I have a clear visual reminder that I’m making progress. It’s actually taking a good deal of my discipline to resist putting up half a dozen ideas that I’m still only thinking about!
Here’s where I found mine, though a quick google search will yield a lot of great options.
Word Meter Builder
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Ashley Capes is an Australian writer of fiction, poetry and very occasional non-fiction.
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