Working with projects in Writing Analytics.
Projects in Writing Analytics lets you track different types of writing separately. Each project has a separate dashboard. You can set goals and set up a writing schedule for each project to stay accountable.
In this article, you'll learn how to set up and work with your projects in Writing Analytics.
To create a new project, go to Projects in the app and click New Project in the top-right corner of the page.
A new project form will come up. Choose a suitable name, stage description and colour.
Optionally, you can set a word count Goal. In case you started working outside of Writing Analytics, use the Initial Word Count field to offset the counter. If you're 20,000 words into a 60,000-word draft of a book, set the goal to 60,000 and the initial word count to 20,000.
In case you'd like to schedule regular writing sessions for this project, turn on the Scheduling switch:
First, you can select which days of the week you'll be working. The scheduling mode determines whether you'd like to work towards a deadline or set a fixed daily goal.
Click the Create Project at the bottom of the form to confirm.
Each project has a dashboard. You can access it by going to Projects and selecting one.
The section at the top focuses on your progress. It shows the current word count, your goal and your writing schedule. The charts below display your progress over time.
When you start writing, you'll see the five latest sessions listed below so you can pick up where you left off.
The final section shows your project analytics. Here you'll find figures similar to the main Analytics dashboard but showing only data from this project.
You can change anything about a project at any time — from renaming it to adjusting the goal and updating your writing schedule. To access the project Settings, select one and go to its dashboard.
Click the three dots next to the New Session button in the top-right corner and select Settings.
You can also access the settings from the project card. Click the three dots to the right from the project's name and select Settings.
Project cards give you a quick overview of the state of each project in the list. You don't have to go to the individual dashboards.
Each card has two progress bars. The left one shows how far you are from the project's word goal. The right one shows how many writing days you have left.
The three figures below show the project's word count goal, scheduling mode and the number of sessions so far.
Each project has a status which can be one of the following:
- Active — projects that you're currently working on
- On Hold — projects that you will return to but aren't actively
- Archived — completed or abandoned projects
Archiving a project doesn't affect its sessions or stats. Those will continue to count towards your totals.
You can set a word goal for each project. Any writing sessions that you log under that project (both writing and revision) will count towards that goal. You can adjust the goal up or down in the project's Settings at any point.
When you reach your goal, you can keep writing. Your goal doesn't limit how many words you can track under the project.
In case you're not starting from zero, use the Initial Word Count field to offset the counter.
When you enable Scheduling, Writing Analytics will start creating daily goals for you. These will be shown in the Overview:
Enable the Schedule switch in your project's settings and choose on which days you will be working on it every week:
There are two ways of setting up a writing schedule:
- Set a project goal and deadline
- Set a fixed daily goal
Make sure to set a word goal for the project. Then, switch the scheduling mode to Deadline and pick a future date in the calendar:
Writing Analytics will calculate how many words per day you'll need to write to reach your goal by that date. The estimate appears below the calendar.
Should you get ahead or fall behind schedule, your goal will adjust automatically every week. Rather than creeping up/down every day, it will only change at the beginning of a new week.
You can always adjust your deadline or change the target word count in your project's settings.
Some projects don't have an overall goal or deadline. You may write a blog post every week on Saturday. In cases like this one, you can schedule a fixed daily goal instead.
Select the Daily Goal scheduling mode and enter the desired number into the field. If your project has a word goal, you'll see an estimated deadline below.