A little over a week ago, I wrote this post, where I described how to use Beeminder and Draft to form a daily writing habit. Since then, I’ve been using Draft quite a bit to keep track of my word count for many other things I’ve written, including blog posts for my blogs, and even a test piece I wrote for a writing job I applied for. I’m beginning to like it a lot more, for a few different reasons.
I can create separate notes for different projects.
Currently, I have three different notes set up in Draft — one for posts I write for my Work at Home Tips Online website, one for the posts I write for Medium, and another I use for the drafts I write for Wordgigs articles. As I add more freelance writing clients I’ll probably add more notes, so I can keep track for the number of words I write for each of them as well.
I can receive feedback from others on my drafts.
I haven’t actually done this yet, but Draft does have a few options that allow you to get feedback from others on your drafts. You can either share your drafts with others, or you can ask a Pro for assistance. The Share option is obviously the easier and cheaper way to go. You get a link you can share with others — they can then read your draft and make comments. If you want professional help and you’re willing to pay for it, however, the Ask a Pro option may be the better way to go. It costs $6 for every 15 minutes you talk to a pro, however, so you’ll need to make sure you have that in your budget first.
These are the three reasons I like using Draft to write my rough drafts. If you’re a writer (which you probably are if you’re on Medium!) I would love to hear about any tools you like to use to write your rough drafts. Please feel free to comment below. And if you liked this story, please click on the heart to recommend it.