How to Set Writing Goals with Atticus

Facing a blank page can be daunting, but one of the most powerful ways to banish writer’s block is to develop writing goals and consistent habits. Your creative juices will naturally flow once you’ve established a routine for your writing. 

Whether you’re using Atticus to write your debut novel or you’re adding the next installment to a 17 book series, setting and tracking your goals can help improve your productivity.

Do you want to write a certain number of words each day? Or maybe you’re focusing on completing your book within a specific timeframe? 

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to set your goals in Atticus, monitor your progress, and ultimately, develop writerly discipline and consistency.

Writing Goals and Habits

Start by opening your book or starting a new book inside Atticus and clicking on the Writing tab from the top, center of your screen.

If you look to the right, you’ll see a variety of icons in the right sidebar that offer more tools. We’re interested in the Goals features, which are identified by the target icon.

You have two options: Book Goal and a Writing Habit tracker. 

Let’s start with Book Goal. 

Setting Book Goals

In this section you can set your:

  1. Total word count for this project
  2. The due date, or when you’d like to have your book completed
  3. And the days of the week you would like to commit to writing

Once you save your goal, Atticus will calculate how many words you need to write each writing day in order to accomplish your goal.

Writing Habit Tracker

In this section you can enter how many words per day you’d like to set as your goal. If you want, you can refer back to the Book Goal calculation you just set. 

You’ll then want to select your committed writing days and hit save.

Each day you meet your goal, it will show up as a colored box in the calendar. The daily writing goal icon will turn from a cold, yet inspirational, snowflake to a victorious flame to let you know you’re absolutely on fire with your writing goals!

Atticus will also keep track of your percentages and let you know if you’re on a habit streak, and what your longest streak has been to date.

Sprint Timer

There’s one more feature designed to help you meet your writing goals, and that’s the Sprint Timer. 

Many studies have shown that setting a timer can help you dedicate your attention to a specific task, like writing, and help you be more productive during that time. With the sprint timer, you can set how long you want to write for, and also set a break timer, if you’re planning on doing more than one sprint in a row. 

For example, you can write uninterrupted for 50 minutes knowing that you have a 10 minute break to look forward to.

In no time, you’ll reach your writing goals and have your manuscript ready for editing and formatting!

Last Updated: 02/14/2024

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