If a Writer Activity Tracker Existed.. #Writers #WritersLife

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Imagine if a writer activity tracker existed?

Imagine the fun  we would all have if there were writer equivalents to Fitbits?

In the same way we are wearing high powered wristbands to monitor our body metrics, exercise output, sleep patterns and to remind us of key activities, we could also wear a special  wristband and get writing stuff monitored…

Here are some uses of a writer activity tracker worn on the wrist:

  1. The writer wristband could alert the writer when their word count rate is dropping…sigh!
  2. A writer wristband could monitor a writer’s creativity and emotional levels.
  3. A writer could use their wristband to monitor their blood pressure and heart rate during key writing activities such as editing and rewriting.  I don’t think there will be any surprises here for any of us.
  4. The writer wristband could monitor the writer’s social media metrics and inform them of useful insight like tweeting too much or not tweeting enough.
  5. The writer wristband could transmit the writer messages, on behalf of their draft novel, like ‘remember me?’ and  ‘we could do great things together…if only you turned up’
  6. The writer could monitor their caffeine levels and their wristband could suggest an increase / decrease depending on productivity levels.
  7. The wristband could send the writer encouraging messages like ‘GET WRITING!’
  8. The wristband would monitor productivity in a day taking into account the time spent on writing, not writing or procrastinating.
  9. The writer wristband could monitor writer naps and suggest the best time of day for the writer to sneak off upstairs.
  10. The writer wristband could link up with their laptop or tablet and suggest helpful tips. For instance if the writer’s quality of writing is on the slide the writer could get a helpful text like  ‘I think we better buy you that grammar book!’
  11. The writer wristband could link up with other writer’s wristbands and compare your performance. It could text you helpful messages like ‘this month she has written 20k more words than you!

Loud sigh!  I am not sure there would be much fun here.

Let me know your thoughts?

Personally, I enjoy being a naughty writer (probably the reason why I don’t have a book out there) so I will stick to old fashioned methods of keeping track of my writing performance; staring a lot at my unfinished draft and thinking about it.

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36 thoughts on “If a Writer Activity Tracker Existed.. #Writers #WritersLife

  1. I’m sure a fitbit could relate to finger activity…I guess differentiation may be an issue? As recently tweeted there are days my fitbit thinks I’m dead! Good Morning always good to read you first thing.

  2. Nooooooooooooooo! It would have the ten worst things to say to a writer or something spouting out of it all the time: ‘How’s the book coming?’ ‘Is editing going well?’ ‘Should you be doing that much research?’ and then it will start commenting: ‘I think you’ll find that is the wrong tense.’ ‘Did you mean Mabel to have blond hair this time?’ … you can fill in the rest Lucy!

  3. I’d probably whip that wrist band on the floor and smash it with a hammer. I don’t want talking or anyone hanging over my shoulder–er, wrist–butting in while I’m trying to t.h.i.n.k. let lone type. Ha ha.
    Big Brother is watching Y.O.U. No thanks. 😀 o_O

  4. The first thought I had when I started reading that list was that it could give you like a little electrical zap when you’re not writing enough. Kind of a weird thought. Though a funny visual in my head. 😀 But yes, this could be useful. Maybe. In an annoying depressing sort of way.

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