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I've stressed the thirty-day trial period to get a feel for what this method can do for you. Once you've done the thirty days and are able to see what you can accomplish in five minutes a day, your next commitment needs to be for one year.

To find yourself as a writer and experience some substantial progress, you should not be fussing around evaluating what you've done or how well you've done it on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis. There are too many slumps and surges and losses of perspective in all of this to permit any accurate judgments in the short term. Plus, we tend to evaluate our work when things are going badly-the worst possible time to judge anything. So, don't do it. It's been many a writer's downfall. And if and when you do evaluate, do it when things are going well and never when you're down.

So you must follow the system for a year straight, and keep going no matter what, if you're going to give yourself a fair chance. You should shoot for at least one hundred pages in that year. If you do that, at the end of the year, when you can look back over what you've done and compare your year-end writing with what you did at the beginning, I guarantee that you will be pleased.

The next few sections offer some cautions, tips, and reminders.

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