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.

2 thoughts on “Writing Progress September 2 & 3, 2015

  1. I struggle to write every day so the fact that you are getting words down is fantastic. I was on maternity leave last year and vowed so many things with regard to my writing but had little success. There is definitely something about having limited time to write that is just as effective as having all day.
    What is your daily routine? Where do you write? Perhaps you could shake it up a bit – go for a walk, spend each writing hour in a different room, or the library, or a cafe. Make sure you spend time doing other things you enjoy. You know that you are capable of writing so many words a day, but don’t feel disappointed if you don’t achieve that – maybe tomorrow say ‘I’m going to write 100 words today’, then the next day ‘I’m going to write 200 words today’ and so on. Set yourself goals that are achievable and you will feel more positive and more motivated.
    (Now I am going to run away and take my own advice.)

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