Getting Started

Get up to speed with the Writing Analytics app.

Welcome to Writing Analytics. We're delighted that you signed up! In this guide, we'll get your account set up so that you can make the most of Writing Analytics.

Step 1: Verify Your email

You should have received an email with a verification link when you signed up. If it didn’t arrive, ensure that your email is correct by going to the Account page. If your address hasn’t been verified yet, there will be a button to request another email to be sent out.

Click the Resend verification button if you didn't receive an email.

Having an up-to-date and verified email is essential in case you forget your password or something happens to your account. When you communicate with our customer support, we’ll ask you to message us from your verified address.

Step 2: Set Your Preferences

By default, Writing Analytics will start a new week on Sunday and display dates in the American mm/dd/yyyy format. If that isn’t what you want, scroll down all the way to the bottom of the Account page and change your preferences.

Use the toggles to how dates are displayed in the app.

You also have the option to opt-out of receiving product updates and other emails from us. You’ll find the toggles on the same page in the account section.

Step 3: Create a Project

Projects allow you to set specific word goals and deadlines for achieving them. They’re also useful for keeping your metrics separate for different types of writing that you do (like fiction, blog posts, copy for clients).

NOTE: Using projects isn’t mandatory. If you want to use Writing Analytics to track your writing routine without a particular goal in mind, that will work just as well.

To create a new project, head over to the Projects page and click the New Project button at the very top. You’ll be asked to choose a name and colour for it. Optionally, you can set a goal – the number of words that you intend to write or revise and a deadline. If this is a project that you have been working on for some time, set the Initial Word Count to offset the progress you have made before starting to use Writing Analytics.

Each project also has a status. It can be active, on hold or archived. A project’s status affects how it appears in the UI and whether it will be included in your weekly schedule.

When setting up your projects, don’t worry about the numbers too much. You can always come back and amend things in case you change your mind.

Step 4: Submit Words

Time has come to log your first words! There are several New Words buttons at various places throughout the app. Clicking one will bring up a calendar along with a simple form.

Pick a date and enter your word count. Indicate whether you were writing or revising. This is important for your entry to be categorised properly. All the other fields are optional. However, we recommend logging time spent as well. This increases the accuracy of your metrics and helps Writing Analytics to give you more accurate estimates.

Step 5: Review Your Activity

As you submit more and more entries over time, your dashboards will fill with data about your writing routine. You’ll see patterns emerge and be able to find the weak spots that are holding you back. Stay accountable and get your words done.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Message us at support@writinganalytics.co. We'll be happy to help.