Writing Analytics

Blog | 31 July 2020

Introducing the Writing Analytics Editor

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Today, we're launching the biggest update to Writing Analytics yet – a brand new editor designed to help you write more.

Most conventional word processors focus on document formatting – making sure the font is right and the margins look good.

The Writing Analytics editor takes a different approach.

It has features to help you write. To beat distractions and get your words done; to create a sustainable writing routine.

In Writing Analytics, there aren't any documents. The editor manages your work in sessions – focused periods of deep work when you immerse yourself in your writing.

Behind the scenes, it tracks various metrics to help you stay motivated. This includes how many words you write and delete, how long you spend typing and how often you get distracted.

At the end of each session, you'll have a draft. You can either start a new session and keep revising or export it and prepare for publication.

The editor is available today to all Writing Analytics subscribers at no additional cost.

How It Works

Let's take a closer look at some of the key features to help you get started.

The editor supports two types of sessions – writing and revision. In the writing mode, the primary goal is to compose new text. In the revision mode, you'll start from an existing piece with the aim to make it better.

New Session form

To start a new session, go to the Sessions section in Writing Analytics and click New Session. Select a mode and choose a title. When starting a writing session, you can also set a word goal.

When revising, you can use an existing session as the starting point or paste in text that you drafted elsewhere.

The Editor

The editor provides a simple, distraction-free writing environment. We've optimised it for both mobile and desktop so you can work from anywhere. You can even start a session on one device and finish it on another.

The Writing Analytics editor

The top bar displays some basic information about the current session, such as the current word count, time spent and speed. In case you need a break, you can pause a session and come back to it later.

Reports

At the end of each session, Writing Analytics generates an interactive report with your results. The main chart at the top shows your progress over time. If you set a goal, it will show how you did against it.

Session report

The Changes chart below shows the words you've added and deleted.

Changes chart

The Engagement chart tracks your focus throughout the session. Switch to the Typing tab to see your typing activity.

Session engagement

Below, you'll find the stats for your draft – from characters to pages – and a readability score based on the length of your words and sentences.

Session stats

The editor is fully integrated with our word-tracking and project-scheduling tools. It will automatically create a log entry and include your results in your Words and Project dashboards.

Next Steps

In the end, you can start a follow-up session – if your copy needs more editing – or export the draft for formatting and publication.

Sessions list

You'll find the reports for all your past writing sessions in the Sessions tab.

Final Thoughts

We're on a mission to help writers create the habits they need to succeed. The Writing Analytics editor is a powerful tool that helps beginners and seasoned writers beat distractions and do the work that matters.

Not a Writing Analytics member yet? Subscribe today and get access to our brand new editor along with a collection of productivity tools for writers.