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A program that examines markdown files in a folder and logs progress on a book





A node.js app that keeps track of progress on a manuscript.

Which means you have to have node.js installed.

To install this script on your machine simply run npm install -g manuscript-logger from a terminal anywhere. Don't clone this repository unless you want to make changes.


Run manuscript-logger manuscriptdir/ that one argument is the directory you would like it to scan. (the trailing slash is important) It will scan sub-directories too.

When it runs it will create or append to a file in that directory called _meta.progress.csv with the current date and time, the number of files scanned, and the total word count from all those files (ignoring the meta headers). This CSV file should allow you to track and report on your own progress in a writing project.

Meta Headers

These look like

author: Tim
date: 2014-09-13
status: outline

This script uses them specifically for tracking which files are in which stage of completion.

Valid options for the status field are:

  • outline
  • draft
  • final-draft
  • edited

Everything else is categorized as unknown.

The list of files in each phase is written out to a taskpaper file with headings for each status. The file is named _meta.status.taskpaper

This works exceptionally well with the PlainTasks plugin for SublimeText