Writing Progress September 21 – 27, 2015


September 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 22,263
  • Today’s word count: 26
  • Thoughts: Not a good day. I had a lot of stuff going on that distracted me from my writing, and, unfortunately, I have nothing to show for the time and effort. To put it mildly, I’m very upset.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Don’t let the tough stuff keep me down! Get back to my writing and make myself happy.

September 22

No progress made

September 23

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 22,407
  • Today’s word count: 144
  • Thoughts: Not the best day, but far from the worst I’ve had lately. Things finally starting to get straightened out life-wise, so hopefully word counts will improve.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Relax, don’t stress, let the words just happen.

September 24

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 22,528
  • Today’s word count: 129
  • Thoughts: I’m still not happy with my daily word count. I’m trying not to stress about it too much, but with everything else on my mind these day one more thing really isn’t all that much.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get better at this not stressing thing.

September 25

No writing progress made. For once I’m not too upset about this. My day was incredibly productive. The house is cleaner than it was before, and the pantry is full. I’m hoping the work I did today will make for a better writing environment the next few days.

September 26

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 22,844
  • Today’s word count: 316
  • Thoughts: Today was interesting. I felt motivated to write, and pretty happy with what I had to write. I had a lot of time to write too, but it was spread out over the course of the day. I wrote a few sentences here and a few sentences there. It’s not the worst way to write, but I think I wasted a lot of time getting back to my writing groove over and over again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Try to find a decent block of time to focus on my writing.

September 27

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 22,881
  • Today’s word count: 37
  • Thoughts: I barely wrote but I had a refreshing, relaxing day. I spent most of the day with my extended family at a picnic. We managed to get four generations together, and it was just wonderful seeing everyone. Later in the evening my boyfriend and I went out and watched the eclipse, which we were lucky enough to catch when the clouds broke up about fifteen minutes before the total eclipse began.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Continue to feel relaxed and happy. Jump back into writing and get Chapter 3 polished and ready to post.

Switching Writing Progress to a Weekly Format

I’ve been trying for several weeks now to do daily writing updates in this blog. Sometimes I’ve been better at this than others, but I think it is time for me to change it up a bit.

Life can be crazy. Sometimes I can’t manage to post to this blog until too much time has passed and a writing update for that particular day seems irrelevant. Other times I just did not have the energy or willpower to write at all that day, and then, of course, there is nothing to update.

For these reasons I’ve decided to switch my writing progress posts to a weekly format. Each day will still have its own stats displayed, but I will post them all together once a week. Since I’m pretty positive I will write at some point every week I will be more consistent with weekly updates.

I’m also planning to start writing some blog entries about my thoughts on various aspects of the writing process. Let me know what you think, and suggest some topics you’d like to see written about here that haven’t been done to death yet!

Writing Progress September 20, 2015


  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 22,237
  • Today’s word count: 230
  • Thoughts: I wrote. For now I’ll just be happy about that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write some more!

I’m trying to put less pressure on myself. Lately having a certain daily word count goal in mind hasn’t been helping me. Until I start to get my writing mojo back I’ll just try to write every day to keep up the habit.

Writing Progress September 18, 2015


  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 22,007
  • Today’s word count: 224
  • Thoughts: I’ve been having an awful time writing lately. Anxiety has been a big problem for me lately and I found myself filled with self doubt rather than motivation. I’m trying to get past it now. This was the first time I wrote more than 200 words since September 10.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! I don’t care how much I write. I just need to keep writing every day.

I’m hoping to get the third chapter of The Dreams posted sometime this month. I would have preferred to have it posted already and be tackling Chapter Four by now, but things happened and now I’m behind.

Writing Progress September 11, 2015


  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 21,170
  • Today’s word count: 122
  • Thoughts: I didn’t get as much writing does as I would have liked today. I meant to have a nice, long writing session this evening, but my eyes are really dry so it is hard to look at the computer screen for too long.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Try to take better care of my eyes so I can stand to write longer.

Writing Progress September 10, 2015


  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 21,035
  • Today’s word count: 431
  • Thoughts: Better than yesterday, but still not anywhere close to my target of 1k per day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: 1k, or at least closer to 1k than I have been lately.

I’ve been letting my worries and concerns for the future get in the way of my writing lately. I need to reteach myself to keep that sort of stuff out of my mind during writing time. I have the rest of the day to worry, but my mind is needed elsewhere while writing.

Writing Progress September 9, 2015


  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 20,604
  • Today’s word count: 346
  • Thoughts: I’ve had a lot of bad writing days lately. I’m trying to get back into the habit of recording my progress every day to keep myself accountable for making writing a priority.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write more! 346 is already many more words than I’ve written in a single day recently. I know I can write more though. I will do so tomorrow.

The Dreams: Chapter Two

the dreams cover

Cover by A. R. Shellnut

Here is the second chapter of The Dreams! I’ve been struggling with low word counts lately so I decided to try focusing on getting this chapter posted instead. I hope you enjoy. If you are enjoying my novel so far please consider supporting me on Patreon.

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Writing Progress September 2 & 3, 2015


September 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Today’s word count: 153
  • Thoughts: Not a good writing day at all.

September 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 20,142
  • Today’s word count: 264
  • Thoughts: Another poor writing day. I’ve been having a lot of these lately.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write more. I’d like to at least write 500 words tomorrow.

I’ve been avoiding going too far into the underlying issues with my writing, but tonight I feel like I should explain at least a bit. I feel as though every day is piling more and more anxiety about the future onto my shoulders. My current unemployment is the root of my anxiety. I’m sure of that.

For a while I thought having all the time in the world to dedicate to my writing would make me more productive once I mastered the discipline to get the work done. Now I realize the time has gone to worrying, and if I don’t get my fears under control my creativity is going to atrophy.

Being a writer has been my dream for a long time, but I’m starting to suspect that I can not feel free to be creative without some sort of steady job. I’m trying to think of ways to keep my worries under control because I know I won’t have a job merely because I’ve decided I want one. In the mean time I need to be in a state of mind to make the most of my circumstances. Any tips or advice on how I can stop worrying and start writing would be greatly appreciated.