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Impressive work guys, I can see the July Sheets are going up early.
Lol almost had a panic attack when I clicked on July's spreadsheet, I thought for a moment that all the numbers for June had disappeared. 
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Hello, I'm new. I'm little confused about the different sheets, if someone could help me. What the different names means? I was going to add myself to the G+ one but there is no more space. Should I just pick one at random or it would cause problems to someone?
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Ok! Thanks for the help and for creating a new tab. I'll join now. :D 
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Is there a question? I don't see the discussion in this discussion post. :-)
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Looks like there's no open tracks on MayGplus. Can I get one added?
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Thanks! I love the "leveling up" idea! Competition drives me  :)
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Hello, my name is Robin and I'm a writing addict. 
I recently reached Level 10 on the Magic Spreadsheet, and to my amazement not only have I not broken my chain, but I haven't broken my bonus points either. 
I'm now looking at a 700 word habit, and I'm starting to question my sanity. I don't want to lose my bonus points, but how far can I push myself? Surely at some point I have to say, "Well done, you did great to get this far. Now put the keyboard down."
But every time I think, "no this is too hard, I can't do this, there's no way I can keep this up," I somehow manage to keep going. I'm driven to keep going. 
I must be crazy.
There's a mini me with a whip poking me saying "Just keep writing"
I once worked out that if I keep earning all the bonus points, by Nano 2015 my daily habit will cover the 50k
I don't think I'll manage it, but I never thought I would get this far either.
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All of us chorus together: "Hi, Robin."
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Hi everyone! I'm excited to join this community, although I'm a bit confused as to how it all works (and G+ in general, to be honest) -- can't seem to find the May spreadsheet. Is there a FAQ list anywhere? 
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Is there an updated version? On the link in the community description, it only goes up to Dec.
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Achievement unlocked! I had a target of 40k words for last month, and I am pleased to say that not only did I write 46,850 words, but I completed the story I was working on. 
Little burned out on that World now, so putting it aside for a few weeks until I start editing, but I'm rather proud of it.
Actually, if I didn't have my chain to think of, I would probably be putting aside writing for a few days.
Instead I've been reading my old notebooks for ideas, and discovering old friends. 
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Tony Pisculli
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The April tab is up for G+ (and for Stonecoast, but the rest are still in progress). I've introduced a new feature. You can now keep track of pomodoros instead of word count (a pomodoro is a 25-minute burst of concentrated effort). This makes it easier when you're revising (revise in 25-minute sprints) as you don't have to fuss about with what the conversion to wordcount is. And some people (me) just prefer to focus on quality time put in, not total words.

Any number entered for wordcount between 1 and 16 will be considered a pomodoro count instead of a wordcount. Your pomodoro quota goes up by one every two levels and the new level format reflects this. For instance, mine says 700.05. My wordcount quota is 700 and my pomodoro quota is 5. I can hit either to score my max consistency bonus. I can still just write 250 words (or complete one pomodoro) to maintain my chain.

Let me know if you have questions or run into any problems.
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Record the total number of sprints you do, so, put 1 if you do one sprint, 2 if you do two sprints, and so on.
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I WANT TO BE A BETTER WRITER! And if you want to be any writer at all you have to write no matter how awesome your writing skills are. I hope this will inspire me and get me writing a lot more than I have been.
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Definitely behind your statement, the best way of improving a skill is to practice it and work to improve. Good luck! Work hard!
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The Magic Spreadsheet is a simple online tool to help you build a habit of writing at least 250 words a day. Currently it exists as a (massive) shared Google Spreadsheet. A web version (called Magic Cricket) is in alpha test.
 
This is really cool Excel stuff. Fantastic truly! I love just how it functions. http://www.excelblog.net/tips-tricks/excel-keyboard-shortcuts/
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June Tabs are now up and active. If you've any problems give a shout out.
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Hi, I'm trying to join in the magic spreadsheet but don't see May let alone any open tracks. I presume I'm looking at the wrong spreadsheet? It's the google drive one on this page  titled "The Magic Spreadsheet - New." Help much appreciated.
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Thanks guys 
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I have been keeping my own spreadsheet for the past couple of week cause I felt I was being too inconsistent in my writing habits. Then listening to old podcasts of Mur's I saw this. They mentioned a website. Did that ever happen?
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I hope the website happens soon. In some ways it's easier to use. Ah well. :)
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Hi, all. The idea behind this community is great and I hope it'll generate a NaNoWriMo effect within my lazy mind and keep me writing daily.
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I'm thrilled that the Magic Spreadsheet has gotten me to write regularly. I crossed 500 days this month. I'm less thrilled that while the habit to write has remained, the habit of updating the spreadsheet has not. I have to be better about this. I do keep track of my word count - usually in my manuscript I'll note the words for the day, but it sucks to have to search for them and plug them in. 

I'm writing. but not logging. This makes me feel lazy. i think my priorities are messed up...
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500 days -- I'm so impressed!
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Hmm, I just entered a word count of over 2k. My first for the month of April. My consistency is at 35. But I only received 4 points. Anyone else have this problem?
BTW, I'm loving the Magic Spreadsheet. It has inspired me to do more writing in a month that I did all last year!! 
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No, unfortunately I haven' t been able to fix this. The tab is AprISBW5 and the track is 81. Apr 19 and 21 are the days that didn't come out right. 
And, yes, the spreadsheet is amazing. 
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April? <poke.>
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Good reason.
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I have decided to challenge myself this month. It's #Nanocamp and no I'm not being crazy and trying for 50k, I going for the much more attainable goal of 40k. 
Yes, still crazy.
But my monthly output has been holding steady at 30k a month, so decided to give myself a push, and hopefully finish off my current project. 
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