I like to use a maze to record my NaNoWriMo word count progress. Here’s my 2013 maze, for example.
I use a program to generate these mazes, one I wrote originally in Algol68 when I was doing my degree but this particular version is written in Lisp: maze.lisp
To use this tool, follow these steps:
- install a Lisp runtime. I use CLISP, but this is standard Common Lisp so SBCL or a commercial Lisp ought to work just as well.
- start the Lisp interpreter (called a REPL) by typing “clisp”
- (load “maze”)
- (maze-file 10 10 :svg “<filename>”)
The “10 10” gives the x and y dimensions of the maze.
How To Use It
I just print this file out (having opened it in a browser) and stick it up on the fridge at home and on a wall at work. Then I fill in one square per thousand words written, following the shortest route to the end but keeping the last exit square open. Then I go back to fill in earlier squares, and fill in the last square on the last day of writing.
Since this is a standard SVG file, you could load it up into any graphics tool that understands that format. I use Inkscape for that kind of thing, but other tools are available.
I should also emphasise that this is meant mainly as a visual aid for the supporters rather than my primary tracking tool.
How do you communicate your progress to those supporting you?