At Long Last, the Magic Spreadsheet!

I interviewed Tony Pisculli about the “Magic Spreadsheet” the only thing in the entire history of history that has gotten me to write every day since Dec. 3 (nearly 24000 words). I’ve written on sick days, travel days, residency days, and holidays. It may not work for everyone but it’s sure as hell worked for me. So here’s a short interview of Tony and I walking and talking about the magic spreadsheet (hence the change in background noise) and here is the LINK to the magic spreadsheet. Add your name at the bottom (and if you feel like it, put ISBW next to your name so I can follow who’s tracking) and start tracking! And it goes without saying, but don’t mess with anyone else’s numbers.

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8 Responses to At Long Last, the Magic Spreadsheet!

  1. Thank you for the spreadsheet! Love it! I took the liberty of creating a version using the original formulas. It’s more for personal use and covers the year.



    • Reay Jespersen says:

      Thanks, Casey — I’d just come down to the comments to see if anyone had a downloadable version of it. Great work!

  2. Justin C. says:

    So, I noticed access to the spreadsheet has been restricted since I first visited. Could anyone comment on why the change?

    I downloaded Casey’s version, but I think the competitive and accountability aspect of posting my results online to a googledoc would be a really good motivator for me. If it was just on my laptop and not shared with anyone, I think I’d be tempted to cheat.

    Thoughts, anyone?

  3. Frank Cote says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  4. Jess says:

    A million thank yous for the magic spreadsheet!

    After working an 11 hour day at the day job, coming back home, grabbing dinner, and then making dinner for the rest of the week, I told myself I couldn’t possibly write.

    Then I said “You only have to do 250 words, and you can do that.”

    I ended up writing 900 words today.

    Myth that I don’t have time to write – BUSTED!

  5. Kaja Marie says:

    I love the idea behind this, because being accountable for getting your writing done gives an extra push to actually sit down and do it. However, my main struggle lately has been to not be a f***ing goody two shoes: I’m actually quite good at filling my word count every day, but it also makes me miserable, because instead of writing what feels good and alowing myself to be in the flow, I instead focus on being good and produce words. The last week I’ve allowed myself to not write on any project, or on things I believe that I should be writing, and instead just write, anything. I’ve written more in a week than I have in the last couple of months, and it doesn’t even feel like a chore. Sure, it’s all utter chaos, and I don’t know how I’ll get from there to something that will be accessible to others in some form or other, but I guess that some sort of sollution will show itself, as long as I keep writing what feels true.
    I love word counts though. Way. Too. Much.

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