You are not a failure! You might be setting unrealistic writing goals though.

Does this sound like you:

A. “… I tend to push myself a lot to write X amount until I’m a wreck if I don’t reach it. I try to plan but my plans fall apart…. I’m so afraid of missing out that I’ve been taking on more than I can reasonably handle for someone who is writing a full-time book load on a part-time basis.” Santino Hassell

Or how about:

B. “For several weeks I wanted to write 1k a day. I’m a fast writer when it comes to typing speed but quickly realized that I’m not a fast storyteller. Day after day I struggled [to] meet this arbitrary goal I set myself and every time I came up short. I felt unmotivated to keep going. Who wants to keep setting themselves up for failure? I have grad school to contend with, a book review blog, a job, and writing. Those things don’t always fit neatly together and I found that goals can really help or really…not.” Austine Decker

Yea… guilty!

Don’t we all do this though? We overestimate either the amount of time we have available to write OR, we greatly inflate the amount… Click To Tweet Then, when we inevitably fail to hit our inflated, unrealistic targets, we lose our confidence and motivation, even start doubting our talent, and whoosh, there go our goals, out the window! 

But what if it were not a question of whether or not you have the talent or interest, or whether or not you are disciplined enough to be productive in your field? And what if the real reason you are not reaching your writing goals is totally within your control to fix?

One of the more frequent pieces of feedback we get from our users, is that Pacemaker helps them set realistic goals. By doing so, they more effectively manage anxiety around impending deadlines and are able to stave off the frustration which can cripple the entire writing process. Our users get to see their project in many different ways (starting out strong and tapering off towards the end, peaking in the middle of their project, writing steadily throughout and more!), then they choose the one which best matches their writing style and availability! In other words, having a realistic and custom Pacemaker Plan motivates our users and helps keep them accountable, which results in them hitting those goals! We believe Pacemaker can do this for you as well!

And we don’t just stop at helping you set realistic goals. We help you adjust to surprise productivity thieves which, let’s be honest, will pop up from time to time! Because Pacemaker helps you create custom writing plans around your real schedule, you get to factor in  lost time so you get a clearer picture of how much real time you actually have to dedicate to your project. So when these things pop up- miss a day here, miss a week there- with a few clicks you can see exactly how much work and time you have left, and conceptualize different ways of getting to the finish line!

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The big take-away here- be honest with yourself about your time and availability. And there’s no need to lie to Pacemaker either, Pacemaker is your friend! If you know that you have work from 9-5, 5 days a week, with 2 hours in the gym on Monday evenings (more power to ya!), and with Saturdays just off the table for whatever reason, you know that realistically you may not be up for having a writing session those days, even though there may be time left on the clock.

Use Pacemaker to create a plan, like we’ve done below,  where you ‘Write Less’ or not at all on Mondays and Saturdays. Then it will show you clearly how that change affects the spread of the word count over the remaining time period. Don’t click Save Plan until you find a permutation that works for you! Think to yourself, “Is this really realistic for me, or does the graph just look pretty?“. Then be kind to yourself- test it out and see if it works for you. If it doesn’t, no problem, tweak it until it does!

A valuable piece of fitness advice I heard years ago in response to the question, “What’s the best exercise a person can do?”, was, “The best exercise a person can do is the one they will do!” I think we can say the same for writing plans. The best one out there for you, is the one that you will actually do. Give it a try and see for yourself. Create your realistic Pacemaker Plan today!

And, oh!  Santino Hassell was able to turn A above into: “Pacemaker… WELL. This program is incredible. I don’t even know how to describe it. …I’ve been using Pacemaker since the beginning of December, and I’ve managed to hit every goal, pace myself without wanting to rip my hair out, and plan a calendar for future projects.”

As for Austine Decker, read her post to learn how she uses Pacemaker to help her set goals and stay on track!

We want to hear and publish your Pacemaker story too! So go on, create your personal Pacemaker Plan!

Pacemaker goes to the Gym!

We’ve added a few fitness variables to the Pacemaker tool, did you notice?

Now you can track not only the words/pages you write,  but you can track the distance you run or the amount of time you train!

So maybe you want to run 10k a day for 1 month– no weekends because…10K a day!:

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Or perhaps you want to do the equivalent of 3 FULL DAYS– that’s 72 hours- of exercise per month:

Or maybe you’re like us and want to try to cover 400 miles in 3 months? Check out our [over-ambitious] pacemakerplan here:

 

Yea… we’re not gonna make it  🙃 but YOU can with your very own fitness pacemakerplan!

We’ve added just a few variables to begin with but we are more than open to adding more depending on interest. So, what do you think? Adapt Pacemaker to include fitness goals… do we dare?

Let’s talk about the Writer’s Games!

You’ve never participated in a writing challenge like this before!

We were recently introduced to a writing group called the Writer’s Workout and once a year they earn the workout in their name by hosting the Writer’s Games! Now this is not your grandmother’s light-walk-after-tea-which-is-good-for-your-constitution kind of workout. OoOoh no. This is the High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) of writing workouts! It’s a high-octane, so-fast-you’ll-miss-it-if-you-blink-or-overthink-it kind of workout!

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For the 4th year in a row, the Writer’s Workout is hosting their annual Writer’s Games- an exciting, fast-paced writing competition designed to challenge you as a writer and help you develop your writing skill! Over the course of 7 weeks, participants will produce 7 short stories in 72 hours. Yes, you read that right! Each week, participants will receive a topic on which they must write, edit and submit a short story within 72 hours!! A panel of judges conducts a blind review of every single entry- feedback which you’ll receive and participants are never pitted against each other as your score is based solely on how well you handle the week’s prompt.  Each winning entry will be featured in the Writer’s Games anthology which will be published and sold later this year- on top of some other great prizes!

There’s even a Team challenge if you’d rather not go it alone!

Registration for the individual Games will run from March 15- April 30 2017, and the Team portion will begin signups in July, so there’s plenty of time for you to get acquainted with the rules of the Games and get signed up!

If you’re looking for fierce but friendly competition, or just need a kick in the pants to get your writing habit going, or going again, sign up for the Writer’s Games!  There’s a real chance you’ll  see your name, IN PRINTTHIS YEAR!

Here’s some important info to keep in mind:

The Who: The Writer’s Workout

The What: The Writer’s Games 2017

The When:

Individual Games Registration: March 15- April 30
Individual Games begin: May 5
Group Games Registration: July 1
Group Games begin: August 4
Anthology published: exact date tbd Fall/Winter 2017!

The How: Visit the Website or Follow the Writer’s Workout and the Writer’s Games on Twitter.

Join for the Games, you might just end up staying for the community!

Discounted Pacemaker Premium subscriptions- It’s not too late!

Hey all!

Did you know that everyone who pre-ordered Pacemaker Premium has a personal referral code? It’s true! This lets them pass on the amazing FOR-LIFE promo pricing until March 31st!

pacemaker-premium-stickerThat means you can still enjoy Private Plans, Unlimited Plans, Descriptions, the ability to Create Challenges and Host writing groups (and more!), for the deeply discounted price of $5/month or $45/year, FOR! LIFE!

So if you know someone who pre-ordered Premium, hit them up! If not, no worries, here’s one on us: Pacemaker Premium Promo Code

Want to know how to find your referral code?

1. Have pre-ordered Pacemaker Premium

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2. Log in and click your username in the top right of the page

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3. Click on ‘Your Plans’

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4. Click on ‘See and Share your Pacemaker Premium Referral Link’

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5. Copy the URL and share!

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6. Win the love and adoration of all your friends and even total strangers!

 

Go ahead, don’t be shy, spread the word and the savings!

 

Important Changes to Free Pacemaker Accounts

Hi all!

With Pacemaker Premium just a few hours from being rolled out, we wanted to take the time to explain two important ch-ch-changes which will affect free Pacemaker accounts, and provide some insight into why we’ve gone Premium.

Plan Limits

Free Pacemaker accounts created from February 1st onwards will be limited to 2 plans.

But don’t worry! All free Pacemaker accounts which were created prior to Feb 1 2017 will maintain the number of plans currently present in their accounts, for life. This means that if you currently have 10 plans in your account, your limit for the life of your free Pacemaker account will be 10 plans. However, in order to create a new plan, you would have to delete one of your existing plans. These plan limits will be finalized by Feb 1.

Beta Unified Calendar

By Feb 1st 2017, only Pacemaker Premium subscribers will have access to the beta Unified Calendar which gives you an at-a-glance view of all your plans in one place. We continue to welcome any feedback on the Calendar which would help us improve its usefulness and functionality.

Why have we created paid Premium accounts?

As our free resource has grown, we have started to spend more and more time listening to your needs, building new features, responding to your support requests and maintaining web servers that host the website and securely keep your data. Instead of adding advertising to the site or closing it down, we decided to start a premium subscription that will help to support the site over the coming years and enable users to still enjoy the basic Pacemaker experience for free.

We thank you for your support over the years and hope to continue to build a Pacemaker that you would be proud to use and recommend to others. If you have any questions about how these changes will affect your account, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Write on!
Pacemaker Team

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