This printing press flywheel helps you keep track of your familiarity with the 6 Phases of Getting Published: Plan It, Write It, Fix It, Perfect It, Publish It, Market It. Each Phase has 5 Aspects, and you fill in the bubbles as you become familiar with the entire publishing process.
RATE YOUR TALENTS
Writing, even writing non-fiction, requires artistic talents such as Creativity, Flow, Structure, Rhythm, etc. You may already have these talents, so you rate your ability in each on a scale of 0-10, and you can tweak your talent ratings as you develop and tune them.
Like a role-playing game action hero, choose one or more "Classes" to master in your writing journey. These are different titles that correspond to stats and talents you are developing. Hate Planning? Maybe you're a Pantser — you "write by the seat of your pants." Do you like to write other people's content? Try Ghostwriter.
THE REAL EXPERIENCE
I keep saying "the only way to become a writer is to write." Well, start counting up your experience points! Every word you write (for articles, blog posts, manuscript, grants, proposals, etc.) increases your total Word Count. This helps you see your progress as a writer as the number goes up!
How do you really "Level Up"? By training between levels!
Prewriting, Writing, Rewriting, Publishing, Marketing — so much to learn about writing! Track your progress through the Level Up, Writer! courses — fill in the bubbles as you complete the exercises in the course.
TRACK YOUR PUBLICATIONS
Every writer needs a portfolio of their accomplishments! Track your published works and your works in progress on the back of your character sheet. How's that novel coming along? How many guest posts have you published on someone else's blog? Keep it all in one place.
Making fun of yourself and keeping yourself accountable.
Maybe you don't see the point in having a character sheet to track your writing skills and knowledge. As someone who has been writing for 35 years, and playing role-playing games for over 20 of those years, I think it's time that writers have fun honing their skills, and keep track of what they're learning along the way. Becoming an accomplished writer, or crossing the threshold to being published, is indeed an exciting adventure! Becoming a published author (yes, even blog author) requires that you become something of a "jack of all trades" or at least that you recognize where you need to ask others for help in what is actually a rather intricate and complicated process. The Writing with Character Sheet is like your writing resume, with all your skills and talents listed in one place. Give it a try!