Writing Analytics

Blog | 29 March 2020

Create Writing Accountability With Open Dashboards

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One of the best ways to follow through with your writing goals is to ask your friends to keep you accountable. Today, we’re launching a feature in Writing Analytics that makes it easier than ever.

Writers use all sorts of strategies to stay motivated – from growing a ‘book beard’ to staying in remote hotels until the book is done. Nir Eyal, the best-selling author of Hooked, agreed to pay $10,000 to a friend in case he failed to deliver his latest manuscript on time. However, the measures you take don’t have to be as drastic.

In a recent upgrade, we added the option to open your project dashboard and share it with others. Your friends or readers will be able to follow along as you add words in real-time. They’ll see how many words are you getting done and how well are you doing against your goal to keep you accountable if you fall behind. Here’s how it works.

How It Works

Step 1: Set up a project in Writing Analytics that you’d like to share with others.

Go to the Projects section in Writing Analytics and click on New Project in the top right corner. Follow the instructions on the right-hand side of the form to create a project. This may be a draft of a short story, series of blog posts or a book – whatever you’re working on right now.

Creating a new project

Step 2: Open the project dashboard by clicking on its card. To make it public, click on the three dots in the top right corner and select Make public.

Make project public

A yellow notice will appear at the top with the project’s public URL. When you share that link, others will be able to see your project even if they don’t have a Writing Analytics account.

Public notice

You can make your project private again at any time by clicking the Unpublish button. Anyone who has the link won’t be able to access your data any longer.

To see how it looks, check out the live dashboard for one of my blogs.

We’re constantly building new features and working on improvements. Have a suggestion on how to make the app better? We’d love to hear your thoughts on Twitter.