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Robert Caro’s Dashboard

Notice that each entry include the word count and the reason for any shortfall. Weekly totals in the left margin.


Caro is amazing! Despite his notes, he was never “lazy”! Hope he can complete the final volume in his LBJ bio!

This is great, Mark, thanks for sharing. This is a robust way to focus the mind on maintaining a habit of writing – a different (but not less important) problem than the challenges of any particular project’s content.

Note too that even Caro takes days off – the Sundays are 0 days, with no explanation expected.


Also note that those daily totals are pretty modest, well within reach of an “average” writer on an “average” day.

(The challenge for an average not-full-time writer is more likely to be the enormous amount of research behind those 1000 words/day)

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